Hands down, Broad City is the best comedy show currently airing.
I could have written 50 reasons why it is the best thing to happen to television but typing is hard and I really need to disconnect from the matrix and passionately hug a tree.
Here is my top ten list that will hopefully convince you to tune in.
There are (only slight) spoilers and maybe some NSFW content. You have been warned.
Reason Number 10: It passes the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Every. Goddamn. Time. Even the “Hack into Broad City” shorts I watched have passed. Yeah, yeah. I know. The Bechdel test doesn’t make a show more feminist or less sexist or necessarily more interesting but I’d argue that it does make it better.
Statistics show that movies that pass the test, make more money.
Statistics show that movies that pass the test, make more money.And if you are familiar with the show or it’s lead actors you know that Abbi and Ilana are extremely funny, bankable and badass.
Here is a video clip from the first season where Abbi finally gets a paycheck for selling an illustration she created. (IRL Abbi is an artist too.)
Reason Number 9: The cast and crew. Amy Poelher, is a feminist ninja and we love her. She is one of the executive producers on this show and like a good ninja appears without warning in one episode with a cameo as a chef.
Poehler has also has directed at least one episode. We know that Parks and Rec is ending this year so it’s nice to know that she is helping to cook up some quality comedy on the side and that she has her hands in other progressive, women fronted, comedic programming. If Amy thinks it is smart and funny, it probably is.
The rest of the cast is brilliant as well. Whoever casted Hannibal Buress as Lincoln should be kissed on the lips, hard.
There are some other great cameos you are sure to recognize.
A full cast list is here on IMDB.
Reason Number 8: Broad City is really sex positive and it’s from the perspective of women. There simply are not a lot of shows out there that are capable of discussing sex in a realistic and fun way from a woman’s point of view. Broad City manages to express the enthusiasm of sexually active adults with all its fun and awkwardness without constantly fetishizing the female form or the desire to be tied down. So many other shows on television depict sex from a woman’s perspective as simply a means to get married or to land a boyfriend. These gals are much more interested in having a good time and often reject the idea of monogamous relationships. Landing a single partner is not the reason they are shown having sex. They are having consensual sex and participating in relationships because they are enjoying themselves.
Here is a promo clip that flips the objectification of women trope on it’s head.
Reason Number 7: It’s hilarious. It’s unpredictable. I have never watched a single episode where I thought to myself, “Oh, I KNEW that was gonna happen.”
Here is a clip from one of the strange places Abbi ends up.
Reason Number 6: They tell us some life truths. And not just about microscopic shrimp and penis size. Check out this Mashable post for some fact checking fun from season 2 and learn why no one in New York is technically vegan.
Reason Number 5: Speaking of truth, they show it like it really is too. Being a struggling artist in a big city is fucking haaaaard. Being young and trying to make it on a working class salary anywhere is hard. Too many shows on television depict over glamorized, upper class lifestyles that are not only unattainable but often unrealistic. It makes your own life seem sad in comparison. Broad City keeps it real. And I feel you Abbi, my first art show was in a vegan sandwich shop too. We all gotta start somewhere. Abbi and Ilana help us to laugh at our struggle up the ladder and you really feel like they would help nudge your ass up that ladder if you needed a push.
Reason Number 4. They openly participate in the use of recreational marijuana and have fun doing it. I’m not saying that the glorification of pot is an across the board a good thing. But it’s high time that marijuana should become legal as a recreational drug for adults in the same way that alcohol is. Just as with alcohol, responsible and safe use is the key. Broad City manages to show the good times you can have with weed while also pointing out why too much pot can be a bad idea.
Reason Number 3. Broad City reminds us that female friendship and love is a very important and positive thing. Too many shows pit women against each other in some sort of sexualized competition. Broad City shows what it’s like to have real honest friendships with other women. Abbi and Ilana remind us on each episode of how great it is to have a best friend and that women can truly love and support each other both on screen and off.
Reason Number 2. It’s wide open in how it portrays sexuality. There are characters that are into all kinds of different types of sex, kink and multiple partners and this is treated on the show the way it should be treated. Not as unusual or weird but as a normal part of life for many healthy, sexually active adults.
Reason Number 1. This is a show that came from the minds of two women that started out as a web series and then found it’s way to a major network. That is some inspiring and empowering shit right there. And it is a reminder that if you have talent and a great idea, you really can make it happen on your own. Abbi and Ilana wrote and created a truly brilliant comedic series that not only allows us to laugh with and love these women, but will hopefully inspire many more genius DIY actors and creators in the future.
If there aren’t enough roles for women, you can make your own.
Bonus clip: Abbi and Ilana are “Feminist Heroes”
Broad City staring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer is on Comedy Central and you should be watching it.