Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hooper: HBO show 'Girls' makes strong case for modern TV

My idea of a new television show typically revolves around discovering an episode of Perry Mason I've never seen.

Everybody under the age of 30 just asked, "Who's Perry Mason?"

But my 24-year-old son has made it his mission to introduce me to 21st century TV. His latest triumph: getting me to watch Girls, an HBO show that features four of the most unlikable characters in the history of the medium.

And I couldn't wait to see the series finale Sunday night. Great writing and cool music highlight every episode, and while the four "girls" may not be likable, their flaws intrigue.

Youth may be wasted on the young, but it's bringing new perspectives to one old man set in his ways. …

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature remains set in its ways, even when amendments overwhelmingly approved by the populace direct them to change. Unlike Hannah Horvath of Girls, their flaws don't intrigue or entertain. They just frustrate. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Don't Mind Straight People As Long As They Act Gay In Public. …

You may think you spent a long time waiting for April the giraffe to give birth, but keep in mind the gestation period for a giraffe is 13-15 months.

Now that's a long time. …

The Cross-Bay Ferry ends its six-month run on April 30. I'm making it my mission to get on board this week. …

My friend checked into a Martin County hospital with a lung infection last week and discovered one of his doctors was former Florida State safety Myron Rolle. He's an Alabama fan, but appreciated the Seminole's demeanor.

I guess that's "Rolle Tide."

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: HBO show 'Girls' makes strong case for modern TV 04/16/17 [Last modified: Monday, April 17, 2017 11:55am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Estimated 5,000 people marvel at MOSI over solar eclipse

    Human Interest

    Packing pinhole cereal box viewers, cardboard glasses and curiosity, solar gawkers gathered outside Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry on Monday for a show that required no ticket.

    At center, Sophia Butter, 8, and Kristina Butera, both of Valrico, watch the sun through eclipse viewing glasses during a solar eclipse party Monday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. MOSI will reopen after renovations on November 18. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  2. Florida State sees plenty of upside in Dade City native Jacob Pugh

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — No, Florida State senior Jacob Pugh is not as versatile as teammate Derwin James.

     Florida State Seminoles linebacker Jacob Pugh (16) and Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) celebrate after sacking the Miami quarterback Saturday October 8, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  3. Tampa officer treated for knee injury after police truck, police SUV collide

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A Tampa police officer was treated for a knee injury when his unmarked police truck collided with a patrol SUV while the officers were tracking a stolen car, a police spokesman said.

  4. Waiting for the eclipse: 'Everyone thinks this is cool'

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Hunter Holland came to school Monday with a NASA space T-shirt and solar viewers in his button-up shirt pocket. But he'd rather be in Missouri.

    Jayda Hebert (front, center), 11, uses her protective glasses to watch Monday's solar eclipse with her cousin, Judah Adams (back left), 11, and her brother Jake Hebert (right), 9, while with their family at St. Petersburg Beach. "We're skipping school for the eclipse," her mom, Sarah Hebert, said. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Second person resigns from Hillsborough diversity council after Confederate activist appointed

    Blogs

    TAMPA — A second person has resigned symbolically from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the appointment of a known activist of Confederate causes to the panel. 

    Two people have resigned from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the inclusion of David McCallister, a leader of the local branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.