Things You didn’t Know About Broad City. March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm
Broad City is an American sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central in 2014. Created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who also star as the show’s leading ladies, the show was originally created as a web series. The web series was produced from 2009 until 2011 with the show’s executive producer Amy Poehler guest starring in the web series’ finale. The television adaption focuses around two twenty year old women living in New York City and the struggles they face. In 2015, it was renewed for a third season.
The show follows Ilana and Abbi, two Jewish feminist women living in New York City. While Abbi tries to make a career as an illustrator, Ilana everything in her power to avoid working, constantly pursuing her hedonism. Unfortunately for Abbi, she usually gets wrapped up in Ilana’s shenanigans.
Ilana is a self-absorbed marijuana enthusiast typically oblivious to how others perceive her. Though she works for a sales company, she does everything in her power to avoid doing as much work as possible. She’s more a professional slacker than a professional salesperson. As compared to Abbi, Ilana is more sexually expressive and free-spirited, though she’s usually dragging the unknowing Abbi into her adventures.
Abbi is older than Ilana and works as a custodian at a fitness center. Although she hates her job and feels she’s at least qualified to be a trainer, she constantly misses chances to prove herself worthy of more responsibility. A struggling artist, Abbi is considers leaving her job at the fitness center and pursuing her dream fulltime. Wanting to be more like Ilana, Abbi tries to find a comfortable balance between being self-sufficient and free-spirited.
Overall, Broad City has received generally positive reviews. While receiving a Metacritic rating of 75 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 96% Certified Fresh approval rating. The consensus was, “From its talented producers to its clever writing and superb leads, Broad City boasts an uncommonly fine pedigree.”
Although Broad City isn’t particularly new in its design, it does bring something new to the table of women in television. It’s an honest show that isn’t concerned with the cattiness between women, but instead focuses on genuine camaraderie between the two stars of the show. It’s unpretentious, and does focus on the typical “women” behaviors so commonly represented in television in media across America. Instead, the show focuses on friendship and the universal struggle that twenty-somethings face in the light of newly discovered responsibility and a yearning desire to make something of one’s self.
Abbi Johnson and Ilana Glazer have commented on Broad City, saying that the show represents a time before responsibility and money came into play. It was a simpler time for them, before the weight of adulthood rested on their shoulders. It was a time of self-discovery and introspection, a time of learning about the world in a very real, very unique way—by living. Their television representations are, according to Glazer, only about 15% exaggeration.
Amy Poehler, the show’s executive producer said, “There’s something about them that’s really watchable and organic and interesting. There aren’t enough like them on TV: confident, sexually active, self-effacing women, girlfriends who love each other the most.” You can find more TV & online entertainment options at http://internet.realitytvcalendar.com/.