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Broad City: Your New Best Friends

Broad City: Your New Best Friends

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Broad City is the funniest show you’ve probably never heard of but should definitely be watching.  I heard about it when it premiered on Comedy Central last year.  It is produced by Amy  Pohler and based on the web series created by the two fabulous leads, Abbi Jacobson and  Ilana Glazer. Broad City is a comedy about two women living life, having fun and being best friends in New York City. The jokes are smart and the friendship depicted between Abbi and Ilana will make you fall fast for these two irresponsible, crazy-fun ladies.

I never watched Broad City when it first aired because I thought it was going to be a bunch of skits like Key and Peele or SNL. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Key and Peele are hilarious (SNL not so much). But I’ve never been a fan of shows that are just skit after skit. My brain prefers continuous story lines that build over 30 minutes or an hour.  I tend to only enjoy sketch comedy in very short segments. I’ve watched Key and Peele’s East/West College Bowl skit more times than I can count, but I don’t enjoy sitting down to the full show as much.

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The Lack of Adults on TV Comedies

The Lack of Adults on TV Comedies

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Three new comedies debuted this year and two are already cancelled, Manhattan Love Story, A-Z, and Marry Me. I think Manhattan Love Story and A-Z didn’t connect with people for different reasons but these three, and current shows like New Girl, all have one thing in common that is becoming a bigger annoyance in comedies. The trend of adult characters having incredibly immature views and reactions to dating and romance.

Manhattan Love Story was the worst culprit because from its very first scene it pitted a douche bag boy against a clueless girl (use of children terms on purpose). It was the most like a romantic comedy film which is why it was the first cancelled. In a movie you only have to suffer with poor decisions, child-like behaviors, and hate/love back and forth for two hours. How a network show thought they could sustain that conceit with two miserable characters is beyond me. MLS would probably have been refreshing if they’d just switched the gender roles.

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Blackish: The Best New Sitcom

Blackish: The Best New Sitcom

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I  was excited for Blackish. After the pilot I was worried about how long it would last. The show felt both too preachy and too unbelievable. With Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and countless other instances of unjust killings of black men gaining national attention in the past few years, it felt ridiculous to think Dre would never have talks with his kids about these sensitive subjects. They wouldn’t know Obama was the first black president? I don’t believe that for one minute. However, the show and the concept, an upper class black family losing touch with their “blackness” (according to the father), is saved by great comedic performances.

The show found its groove in the 5th episode “Crime and Punishment” where the parents Dre and Bow, played with the perfect mix of flabbergasted outrage and love by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, must decide if they should spank their youngest son. The show is at its best when the humor is specific. Pops (Laurence Fishburne) offers to do the spanking with a piece of Hot Wheels race track just like he used to spank Dre when he was younger. That small detail is comedy gold and the show has been firing on all cylinders since.

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