It might be too early to tell, but all signs point to “Girls” being one of the defining shows of its decade. The hit TV series still presides over the culture for more than 10 years since its release, amassing new fans and making the rest of us nostalgic for a time when we could look forward to the next episode. Just earlier this year, a spokesperson for HBO revealed that “Girls” had seen its viewership double in recent months, despite being off the air since 2017. This unabashedly hilarious and unapologetic show might be what “The Sopranos” was to the 1990s. If you’re late to the train or want to rewatch the show like many of us, we tell you where you can watch it without breaking out the TV antenna.
How to Watch ‘Girls’ Online Without Cable
What makes “Girls” a special show is that it announced the arrival of a new generation. Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), the protagonist of the series, is a starry-eyed 20-something who grapples with decisively modern problems: graduating college into a recession, exploring the nightlife in Bushwick, and having her ex-boyfriend come out as gay, just to name a few. After growing up on shows like “Breaking Bad” and “The Good Wife,” Millennial viewers suddenly found themselves not just as dutiful admirers but as characters reflected back on the screen.
Because this is a show about a new and refreshing landscape, it makes sense that “Girls” would be available for online streaming without a cable TV subscription. Remember, Hannah and her posse of friends are on a very modest budget. Below are some places where you can watch the show online for a fraction of your old cable bill.
The complete list includes:
Note: If you choose Hulu, you'll need to purchase the Max add-on.
Can I Watch 'Girls' on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
While you’re cutting your cords, commit all the way and take the opportunity to bring your favorite shows on the go. What’s innovation without convenience? Thanks to portable technology and increasing points of access, you can now watch “Girls” and many other shows on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
More to Watch for 'Girls' Fans
It’s true that “Girls” is one of a kind, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any shows out there similar in vibes and storylines. The shows and networks we’re about to recommend can be streamed online, which means you can watch them wherever you are and don’t have to pay cable TV prices.
“Broad City” is another popular show also set in Hannah Horvath’s Brooklyn. This highly acclaimed web series follows the lives of two best friends as they navigate life in New York City. The show is executive produced by Amy Poehler and packs quite the laughing punches, delivering memorable lines one after the next. You can watch “Broad City” on Hulu.
If you enjoyed “Girls,” there’s a good chance you will also like “The O.C.,” if you haven’t seen it already. The show swaps the East Coast for the sunny beaches of Southern California, where a group of teenagers try to make sense of themselves and their place in the world. Familiar much? Make sure to read our guide on how to watch “The O.C.” without cable.