Best Television of 2014: “Broad City”
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.
This year, if we had to pick the one show that taught us the most about the power of friendship through strong female role models, it had to be Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City. (Plus, it also taught us where to hide our weed in public.)
Based upon the UCB alums’ web series of the same name, Broad City’s debut season for Comedy Central is such a brilliant and hilarious commentary of what it is to navigate your twenties in 2014 mostly because it’s embarrassingly (and sometimes horrifyingly) dead-on in its parody. Set in NYC, the first season introduced us to the girls and their often-marijuana-fueled misadventures of post-college, pre-real-adult existence: how to handle your crush on the neighbor dude, trying to find the FedEx pick-up center, tracking down your stolen phone, picking up the DJs at a rooftop party, proper etiquette when going out to fancy-expensive dinners, and the sweet, sweet glory of payday.
With Amy Poehler as an executive producer (and an amazing guest star appearance in the finale), the show also features an outstanding supporting cast including Hannibal Burress as Ilana’s dentist-slash-“boyfriend” Lincoln and John Gemberling as Abbi’s 100%-absent roommate’s boyfriend Bevers. Guest stars Amy Sedaris, Rachel Dratch, Matt L. Jones, Jason Mantzoukas, Janeane Garofalo, and Fred Armisen also swing by throughout the season to offer varyingly helpful “life lessons” to the girls.
Terrible jobs, worse roommates, health insurance woes, the perils of dating, and just trying to survive in the city…it’s only worth all the struggle with a best friend who’s there by your side every step of the way.—Breanna Murphy