Sitcom TV never was my thing. But in recent years, I’ve binged though more than I care to readily admit. 2 Broke Girls is the latest casualty, so today we’re talking about it.
2 Broke Girls (2011) TV Show Review
Treated like a princess her entire life, living without millions is not something Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) knows how to do. Yet with her father in prison for white collar crime, this is where she finds herself. Worse still, she ends up having to get a job at a hole in the wall diner where what’s worse (food or service) is debatable. However, working here introduces her to Max (Kat Dennings).
Sarcastic and opinioned, Max takes nothing from anyone. She barely serves customers and isn’t above giving them lip – including her boss (Matthew Moy). The one person in her life she likes is Earl (Garrett Morris), the kindly older cashier. When Caroline somehow winds up being Max’s problem and they end up as room mates (and possible business partners), Max may find in Caroline something she didn’t know she needed.
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When it comes to sitcoms, there has to be a few working elements that combine. 2 Broke Girls does, for the most part, satisfy this. I like that it has humor and that the centric focus is on friendship. The relationship between Max and Caroline through the six seasons is such fun to watch. I enjoy their opposite personalities and that Caroline isn’t who she appears to be at first blush. It’s fun to watch them become roommates and friends given how different they are.
Beyond this, I don’t love this show. I have a kind of weird relationship with it because I do genuinely think the friendship between the girls is interesting; even solid enough to carry the show. That said, certain characters annoy and I cannot quite shake this. The longer I watched, the more annoying they become. The second thing I do like is comedy. Not all of it, because the running jokes become old, but I like a laugh-out-loud comedy.
However, jokes about Han’s height and the sexual prowess of two other characters (and Max’s sex “appeal” or “boobs”) are WAY overdone. There is political jokes too that obviously flatter one side. That said, I do find some of the comedy entertaining even weeding through what I don’t care for. The things that are funny is Caroline having to adapt, and just the ways the friends are there for each other.
All in all, this one is mostly fun. I have my reservations and it’s not one I’d blanket recommend knowing we all have limits on what we watch. The eventual, healthier relationship Max does develop is sweet and this ties into an ending that honestly, I really like. I’m not sure if the writer’s knew this was their swan song or not, but if renewal was up in the air when they wrote this episode, it’s a nice way to end. A good ending is worth it because it’s just one of those sweet and charming “full circle” endings that is still true to to heartbeat. While there’s plenty about the show I don’t care for, overall I did enjoy my time with these 2 Broke Girls and their messy diner.
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Content: there is CONSTANT sexual innuendo and jokes throughout the six seasons. Plenty revolve around hand jobs, mouth “stuff,” Max’s “breasts” and references to a co-workers penis, a man who has no boundaries when it comes to his sexual appetite. He and his girlfriend are both all about the “freaky” when it comes to sex. We “hear” their lovemaking as part of a gag in an episode or two. Max has more than one fling and sleeps with random men. There may be some profanity here and there but nothing beyond the TV-14 rating. There isn’t a single episode that I can think of, that’s truly wholesome in that it contains no suggestive jokes. But there are wholesome themes throughout the show.