Every few years a new show comes around that not only accurately comments on society, but also informs it. Even more rare is a series starring two characters who are so likable that you not only want to be them, but be best friends with them as well. Their apartments aren’t particularly nice, their jobs are not overly impressive, their clothes are affordable, and they haven’t quite gotten ‘it’ figured out yet. Combined, this makes for two characters who viewers love to love simply because of who they are. Meet your new best friends, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.
The pair are the co-creators and stars of the hit Comedy Central series Broad City. Starting initially as a web series, the pair found one very famous fan in Amy Poehler, who signed on to executive produce the TV show. With the fourth season set to premiere on Wednesday, September 13 on Much and the third season coming to CraveTV on August, now is a better time than ever to get to know the stars, co-stars, and places of Broad City. Things are about to get R-rated. Yas kween.
If you’re new to the world of Broad City, we’re here to be your guide through the magical land of self-loathing, self empowerment, and Bed Bath and Beyoncé.
The series stars Jacobson and Glazer as fictional takes on themselves. Abbi Jacobson stars as Abbi Abrams, a struggling artist who makes ends meet by working as a cleaner in a high-end New York gym called Soulstice.
Her boss is Trey, a high-energy trainer who is as obnoxious as he is lovable. And intense. Are all trainers this intense? Asking for a friend.
Abbi lives with Melanie, the Maris to her Niles Crane. We’ve never actually seen Melanie and probably never will, but we do see a lot of her boyfriend Bevers. Too much. We see too much.
The yin to Abbi’s yang is Ilana Wexler, her free-spirited best friend who was unable to hold down a job at her Groupon-inspired Deals, Deals, Deals office.
Ilana lives with her roommate Jaime, an immigrant from Colombia who thankfully got his citizenship pre-Trump.
Ilana’s friends with benefits situation is with Lincoln, a dentist who has his own blog about pasta called – wait for it – The Al Dente Dentist. Lincoln would like to make things Facebook official with Ilana, but she’s not ready to be tied down to one man. Or woman.
Pop culture junkies will love Broad City’s long list of film and TV references, including their remakes of Missy Elliott’s “The Rain,” Sister Act and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Each season packs an impressive list of cameos, including Tony Danza, Kelly Ripa, Alia Shawkat, Seth Rogen, Rupaul, and the almost-but-very-sadly not POTUS.
At its core, Broad City is a hilarious and beautiful show about friendship.
But don’t be fooled. There are also important lessons learned along the way.
Check out Season 1 and 2 of Broad City, available now on CraveTV, and don’t miss Season 3 coming to CraveTV on August 11.