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Broad City

Broad City
Genre Comedy
Created by Ilana Glazer
Abbi Jacobson
Starring Ilana Glazer
Abbi Jacobson
Theme music composer DJ Raff
Opening theme "Latino & Proud"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ilana Glazer
  • Abbi Jacobson
  • Amy Poehler
  • Dave Becky
  • Tony Hernandez
  • Samantha Saifer
Producer(s) Lilly Burns
John Skidmore
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Paper Kite Productions
3 Arts Entertainment
Jax Media
Comedy Partners
Release
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) – present (present)
External links
Website

Broad City is an American sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central on January 22, 2014.[1] The series follows two friends in their twenties living in New York City.

The series was created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who also star as the series leads, and was developed from their web series of the same name that was produced from 2009 to 2011.[2] Amy Poehler is one of Broad City's executive producers, and had previously appeared in the webseries finale.[2]

On January 14, 2015 it was renewed for a third season.[3]

Synopsis

Broad City follows Ilana and Abbi, two Jewish women in their twenties, who experience misadventures of carelessness and frivolity in New York City. Ilana seeks to avoid working as much as possible while pursuing her relentless hedonism, and Abbi tries to make a career as an illustrator, often getting sidetracked into Ilana's hijinks.

Cast

Glazer in 2014 on Catie Lazarus's talk show.
  • Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler,[1] a twenty-three-year-old slacker and marijuana enthusiast who is often oblivious to (or apathetic about) how others react to her self-absorbed antics. She works at a nondescript sales company called Deals Deals Deals, but rarely does any work and often takes breaks lasting hours. She is disdained by her coworkers because of her lazy attitude, but her passive boss Todd keeps her employed due to his submissiveness. She lives with an immigrant named Jaimé and has a persisting sexual relationship with her and Abbi's friend Lincoln (a dentist). Although Ilana regards this relationship as "purely physical" (much to Lincoln's dismay), she often exhibits genuine caring for him. Compared to her best friend Abbi she is more free-spirited and sexually liberated, but every escapade has unintended consequences—which usually impact Abbi, who is reluctantly dragged into Ilana's schemes.
  • Abbi Jacobson as Abbi Abrams,[1] a twenty-six-year-old who works as a lowly custodian at a fitness center called Soulstice. She hates her job and thinks she's qualified to be a trainer, but opportunities elude her. She is also a struggling artist and dreams of quitting Soulstice to pursue art full-time. Abbi endeavors to find a balance between being a responsible, self-sufficient adult while being fun-loving and free-spirited like Ilana. She has a roommate who is never seen, although the roommate's freeloading boyfriend Matt, called by his last name "Bevers", is always around. She has a huge crush on her neighbor Jeremy, but manages to embarrass herself every time she's around him. Like her best friend Ilana, she enjoys smoking marijuana, albeit less often.

Recurring cast

  • Hannibal Buress as Lincoln Rice DDS – a successful pediatric dentist with whom Ilana has a recurring sexual relationship. He has romantic feelings for Ilana and wants to take the relationship to the next level, but she has thus far been unreceptive to his advances. He is a funny, easygoing guy and often plays games and tells jokes with his dental patients. He is also a loyal friend to Abbi.
  • John Gemberling as Matt Bevers – Abbi's (always-absent) roommate's boyfriend who seems to never leave. He is a messy, disgusting freeloader and a constant nuisance to Abbi. In spite of this, he has been shown on a couple of occasions to have a sweet, sensitive side.
  • Stephen Schneider as Jeremy Santos – Abbi's across-the-hall neighbor, on whom she has a big crush; he is polite and easy-going, but his mere presence reduces Abbi to nervous, regrettable behavior.
  • Arturo Castro as Jaimé Castro – Ilana's drug dealing gay roommate. Jaimé is a Venezuelan immigrant who exhibits extreme guilt over what he perceives as wrongs he has committed against his friends; however, they are usually minor transgressions.
  • Paul W. Downs as Trey – Abbi's boss at Soulstice. He is a hardcore health and fitness enthusiast. Although a nice guy, he is oblivious to Abbi's desire to be a trainer and badgers her to clean things around the gym (running gags such as cleaning pubes or vomit in the changeroom). Paul is also a writer on Broad City, having written "Working Girls" (episode 1.3) and "Knockoffs" (episode 2.4).
  • Chris Gethard as Todd – Ilana's boss at the web "deal" company. He is generally submissive and ineffectual at attempting to curb Ilana's lack of commitment to the job.
  • Nicole Drespel as Nicole – Ilana's co-worker who is a serious worker and secretly documents her activities.

Guest stars and cameos

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)
2 10[4] January 14, 2015 (2015-01-14) March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
3[5] TBA January 2, 2016 (January 2, 2016)[6] TBA

Production

Glazer and Jacobson met when they both attended courses at the Upright Citizens Brigade. In February 2010 they started their own web series on YouTube, which proved popular. Amy Poehler became aware of the series and mentored Glazer and Jacobson, becoming executive producer when the show came to TV.
When Glazer and Jacobson wrote the pilot script, their characters were named Evelyn Wexler and Carly Abrams[7] respectively, but ended up using their real first names instead. The pair continued writing most of the episodes together, with approximately half of the episodes to date bearing their names as writers.

Reception

Critical reception

Critic compiler website Metacritic noted season 1 received "generally favorable reviews," giving it a score of 75 out of 100, based on 14 critics.[8] Season 1 of the show received a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading, "From its talented producers to its clever writing and superb leads, Broad City boasts an uncommonly fine pedigree."[9] The A.V. Club critic Caroline Framke wrote that Broad City was "worth watching" despite its "well-trod premise," and that the series is "remarkably self-possessed, even in its first episode."[2] The site also named Broad City the second best TV show of 2014 for its first season.[10]

The Wall Street Journal referred to the show as "Sneak Attack Feminism." Critic Megan Angelo quotes Abbi Jacobson, main star of Comedy Central's Broad City: "If you watch one of our episodes, there’s not a big message, but if you watch all of them, I think, they’re empowering to women.”[11]

Karen Valby from Entertainment Weekly describes the show as a "deeply weird, weirdly sweet, and completely hilarious comedy."[12]

The show debuted with strong reviews, although it only started off with approximately 914,000 viewers.[13]

Season 2 was met with better reviews than the first, with a score of 89 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim."[14] On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has a rating of 100% with a consensus of: "Led by two of the funniest women on TV, Broad City uses its stars' vibrant chemistry to lend an element of authenticity to the show's chaotic yet enlightening brand of comedy."[15]

"Broad Fucking City" t-shirt incident

On March 23, 2015, college student Daniel Podolsky was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight which was grounded in St Louis after a gate attendant took issue with the Broad City t-shirt (which read "Broad Fucking City")[16] he had been given as a handout at Comedy Central's SXSW event. Initially receiving coverage on a local Fox affiliate, KTVI, the story was picked up by Glenn Beck's The Blaze[17] and quickly went viral, reaching the home pages of Buzzfeed, CNN, Vice News,[18] and was also featured as the Moment of Zen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Ilana Glazer responded by tweeting, "I love you, daniel podolsky," along with a link to the Blaze's story.[19] It has been rumored that Podolsky will appear on the next season of the show, but such rumors have not been confirmed by Glazer or Jacobson.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Broad City Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Ilana Glazer Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Broad City Nominated
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Ilana Glazer Nominated
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Susie Essman Nominated

References

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  16. ^ http://fox2now.com/2015/03/23/man-kicked-off-southwest-flight-over-language-on-t-shirt/
  17. ^ http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/24/college-student-gets-kicked-off-flight-after-refusing-to-change-shirt-with-expletive-on-it/
  18. ^ http://www.vice.com/read/turns-out-airlines-will-kick-you-off-planes-for-having-the-word-fuck-on-your-shirt-if-they-feel-like-it-456
  19. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/ilazer/status/580409545442373632

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