Review: Comedy Central's Broad City

By Shannon Cuthrell on April 2, 2014

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Prominent female comedian and actress Amy Poehler produced critically acclaimed Broad City, a Comedy Central installment that takes the viewer on an excursion through the frenzied lives of two strange, yet relatable female twenty-something’s in New York City.

The show is commonly compared to FX’s Louie because it is drenched in that dry, barren-land humor. It is often compared to HBO’s Girls in the same twenty-something, new-age trend of the reproduction of working women in New York City; however the characters of Broad City don’t have the same selfish, impulsive personalities. They are actually people the audience would want to be friends with. The hilarious aspects are rooted in situational humor, coupled with a dark, harsh overlook of reality in an ironic way that induces a rather large, bellowing laugh.

Centering around the lives of these two sisterly, brunette, working-class women, the show depicts the environmental scope of New York City in a sincere way. Packed with weirdness and drug culture, the city is alive and thriving with opportunity for disaster. The two marijuana fiends get into all sorts of trouble around town. The show accurately captures the paranoia of marijuana: the reality that the classic “euphoric” high often represented on television is not the case for every experience.

Adding to that, the show viciously exposes truths to the female friendship that touch reality so clearly. Female friendships are messy and often inconsistent, which is never how they’re displayed on prime-time television. Similar to The Golden Girls, this show gives voice to female friendships in the way that a brotherly bond might be paraded.

Looking at the show from a comedic panorama, it has exponential value and is worth the watch.

Watch this show trailer for a taste of Broad City:

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