I watched 2 Broke Girls last night with what I felt were managed expectations. The show was co-created by a woman, but that woman is Whitney Cummings (who, with the addition of her show Whitney, may be responsible for this season’s network sitcoms being schlockier than ever). The show is about a female friendship, but the premise is really trite and predictable. The show stars Kat Dennings (whom I like), but it is also really bad.
I agree. These uniforms ARE a visual representation of the tired stereotypes that permeate our show!
Very briefly, the show is about a naive, pretty, formerly rich girl (Beth Behrs as Caroline) and a poor, tough-talking, mean-spirited girl (Kat Dennings as Max) who work at a confusing diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Why is the place sometimes packed with young hipsters and other times no one is in there?) Because it’s a formulaic sitcom—with a laugh track, no less—circumstances make it so that the two women end up living together. Oh, and *spoiler alert* they get a HORSE. To live at their apartment in Williamsburg. As you do.
What irritated me more than the tired format, pacing, and plot (this feels like a show that would’ve aired 20 years ago except for the sex talk) were the tired stereotypes, dialogue, and off-color jokes. The black guy is a jive-talking old timer, the Asian guy speaks in broken English (played for laughs, obvs), and the “foreign” guy (country of origin unknown) is a dirty horndog. At least there are people of color on screen? Ugh. Oh, and in case that wasn’t enough to put you off of the show, rape jokes abound.
While I’ve been looking forward to this fall TV season because of all of the women-created fare, I don’t like the idea that a show that peppers its script with vagina references and punchlines about sexual assault is progressive just because it’s about and by females. The only progress I see is that this show is called 2 Broke Girls instead of 2 Broke Guys, and that’s certainly not enough to get me to watch next week’s episode.