It’s tricky business, differentiating between TV shows that are autobiographical and TV shows that seem autobiographical, but are in fact mostly fiction. For instance, Bored to Death
. The HBO series, about a writer named Jonathan Ames, seems like it came from experiences had by its creator, Jonathan Ames. But he’s said that the show is mostly invented—in his words, “It's like I take beads from my life and put them on each of the characters' necklaces.” Another Brooklyn-based HBO program, Lena Dunham’s Girls
, about twentysomethings living in New York (more about that here
), also necessitates putting the prefix “semi” before “autobiographical.” In honor of Girls
, which premieres this Sunday, the 15th, and has been getting rave reviews, here are nine more good-to-great TV series based in reality.