The show, created by and starring Lena Dunham, will return to U.S. TV in February (16) for a fifth season, and HBO bosses have already renewed the series for a final run in 2017.

"Lena Dunham and her brilliant collaborators, including Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, have given HBO a signature series of rare wit and intelligence," Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement released to news outlets on Wednesday (06Jan16). "They are exceptional talents, and I can't wait to see what Lena, Jenni and Judd have in store for the final seasons of this unique show, and look forward to working with them on future projects."

"I can't imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls," Dunham added. "The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni, Judd and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family.

"I conceived of GIRLS when I was 23 and now I'm nearly 30 - the show has quite perfectly spanned my 20s, the period of time that it's about - and so it feels like the right time to wrap our story up. We look forward to creating a sixth season that will honor our amazing cast, crew and fans. And in the GIRLS universe, nothing ever ends too neatly."

The hit show also features Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Alex Karpovsky, Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Jake Lacy.

Last year (15), Lena revealed she had been considering how to end the show before her 30th birthday in May (16).

"We're thinking about it right now and we're starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women," she told U.S radio host Elvis Duran. "It's really exciting."