Subjectively speaking, it seems like "Girls" got much more initial attention than, say, "Louie," Mad Men," "The Wire" or even "Sex and the City." The result was that each of those shows was allowed to blossom in the first few episodes away from the critical din -- a benefit "Girls" never enjoyed. I don't know how much should be made of that. Again, this sort of impact is exactly what the PR people at HBO want. This is why I was happy to watch the show after the discussion had passed. "Girls" deserves to be seen just as a show.