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'New Girl' Vs. 'Girls': The Birthday Episodes

By Michael Arbeiter, Hollywood Staff

Maybe it's because they premiered within six months of each other, because they each gave a starring series role to an on-the-rise voice of female comedy, or - most simply, and most plausibly - because of the similarities of their titles. But New Girl and Girls have earned, and will continue to earn, comparison. "I'm not a big fan of Girls," someone will say, "but I do love New Girl!" And vice versa. In a lot of ways, the shows provide an antithesis of one another, and this has never been clearer than after this week's release of episodes for the HBO and Fox programs.

By coincidence, the latest episode for each show took the form of a birthday story, with each celebrating a "coming-of-age" for its main character. But of course, as anyone familiar with the diametrically opposite comedies would predict, the stories could not have been more different. Observe, and decide once and for all which camp you fall in (or, you know, cherish the disparate treasures of both, but that's less fun)…