Although this decade has already seen a lot of great female character-centered sitcoms – Mindy Lahiri of The Mindy Project, Liz Lemon of 30 Rock, Max Black of Two Broke Girls immediately come to mind – this particular Comedy Central show deserves a special mention. It shows the lives of two best friends living in New York City. One of them is a frustrated cleaner at a gym hoping to become a trainer, and the other is an unapologetic slacker with a great love for marijuana and no wish to be a “worker bee”.
What’s so great about it?
It’s funny. The show is really, really funny. It does comedy like it should be done – shamelessly and completely weirdly. Sometimes the show is so weird it’s downright wacky. And it makes no apologies for it. Be it a scene where Abbi is cycling her way towards her friend’s wedding while accidentally showing her girl-parts to the New York City traffic or Ilana breaking her teeth while biting down on a Jawbreaker, Broad City goes all out to get the laughs.
But women can’t do comedy!
Unless you’re living in the age of Mad Men, you know that’s not true. Ilana Glazer (who plays IlanaWexler, one of the leading characters of the show), co-creator and one of the chief writers of the show, is well-known for her work in stand-up comedy. She and her real life best friend Abbi Abrams (who plays the other lead Abbi Jacobson) came up with the idea of the show. It doesn’t pander to its male viewers with unnecessary female nudity. It’s not trying to rope in viewers with the promise of sex and stereotypical stories about girls being “bitches” to each other. Its honest portrayal of the characters is raw and has managed to impress the critics (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a staggering 95% rating) and sitcom enthusiasts alike.
Why you should watch it
If you’re a woman you’ll want to watch it because it’s the first good sitcom that doesn’t show a girl vying for a man, or getting her dream job or taking off her clothes to impress the guys. It shows us two women who cannot be bothered to be ambitious. They love each other and they want to have a good time as they live their life. If you’re a man, you should watch it for the same reasons. And because it’s hilarious and will help plug the hole that How I Met Your Mother has left in your heart.
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