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Lena Dunham strikes again

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Girls (8pm Sun, HBO)
Part of me would love to be 26-year-old Lena Dunham: widely hailed as a comic genius when her series Girls premiered on HBO last year. Another part of me wouldn’t want to be Dunham at all: forced to show that Season One wasn’t a fluke by delivering an equally brilliant Season Two. But the premiere episode proves that Dunham has plenty more up her sleeve. The tattooed writer-director-star continues to find fresh laughs, fresh poignancy and fresh idiocy in the lives of her four young characters, struggling with post-college life in New York City. In this week’s episode they revert to form, acting selfishly or stupidly in their relationships with men. Hannah (Dunham) manages both selfishness and stupidity by dropping Adam (Adam Driver) for someone else. Adam is not only disabled (after a car accident that was Hannah’s fault), but also smitten with her after a long spell of indifference. That would have been Hannah’s dream come true mere weeks ago, but now she’s uttering extravagant promises to the new guy: “I’m going to make logical, responsible decisions when it comes to you!”

Anybody want to lay odds?

1600 Penn (8:30pm Thu, NBC)
Whatever good President Obama has done for the country, he’s been terrible for comedy. Presidential humor reached a peak during George W. Bush’s administration but (except for Key & Peel’s hilarious Obama Anger Translator sketch on Comedy Central) has all but flatlined during Obama’s, with even Saturday Night Live unsure of how to satirize him. The new sitcom 1600 Penn overcompensates for the lack of farce coming out of the current White House by dreaming up a hapless fictional president (Bill Pullman) with an out-of-control family. In place of wit and subtlety, the series goes for broad gags involving the president’s trophy wife (Jenna Elfman) and goony son (Josh Gad).

Then there’s the leaden dialogue. A visiting dignitary tells the president, “Your trade deal will crumble like your nation’s aging infrastructure!”

Sorry, NBC, but so will your sitcom.

Enlightened (8:30pm Sun, HBO)
Amy is a dim bulb who thirsts for enlightenment. In Season One of HBO’s excellent series — created, produced by and starring Laura Dern — Amy set off on a New Age quest for higher consciousness after a mental breakdown. In the Season Two premiere, she commits herself to a new quest: bringing down the corporation that has reduced her to a data-processing drone.

Dern does a skillful job of establishing Amy as one hot mess. For all her interest in serenity, this woman could explode at any minute, taking out innocent bystanders like her mother (Diane Ladd) and ex-partner (Luke Wilson). The genius of Enlightened is that it creates sympathy for Amy’s crazy stabs at transcendence. In this week’s episode, she justifies stealing confidential documents to expose her company’s corruption:

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