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  • Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer
  • Summary: Produced by Amy Poehler, the web comedy about two twenty-something best friends (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer) in New York City comes to television.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jan 22, 2014
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 10:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jan 21, 2014
    100
    They know how to nail situations/characters, while snappy edits cull fluff, leaving only comic gold.
  2. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jan 21, 2014
    91
    Broad City presents a recognizable, recognizably hilarious perspective on what trying-but-failing looks like from the inside.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 21, 2014
    88
    This outgrowth of a cult-hit web series is a lighter, wackier and often funnier version of HBO’s “Girls.”
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 22, 2014
    75
    Its two featured newcomers skid along just fine, earning exceedingly small victories en route.
  5. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    The series got its start on the Internet and is more linear, unpolished and narrowly comedic than “Girls” on HBO--Abbi and Ilana are so feckless that they make Lena Dunham’s Hannah seem like Warren Buffett.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Adapted from its Web format, Broad City is hardly a fully formed exercise just yet, but with a clear comic voice (Jacobson and Glazer are also the writers) it merits the time to find itself.
  7. 50
    Problem is, these same episodes lurch between nuanced observation of real-world trivialities and goofy sketch comedy exaggeration, and their flashes of spiky personality don't alleviate the feeling that, content-wise, the show is stuck in that regrettably familiar commercial cable bind: not safe, exactly, but not dangerous, either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Apr 12, 2014
    10
    I real surprise. I found myself favoring this show over the bathroom humor of workaholics (although there is admittedly a hilarious bathroomI real surprise. I found myself favoring this show over the bathroom humor of workaholics (although there is admittedly a hilarious bathroom scene in episode 7). The wedding episode was one of the funniest things I've seen on television in quite a while. Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    Fantastic show. People are so attuned to one "form" of sitcom that any other attempt at creating comedy just flies over their head. IgnoreFantastic show. People are so attuned to one "form" of sitcom that any other attempt at creating comedy just flies over their head. Ignore them because Broad City is good and most importantly VERY confident of what it wants to be. That is incredibly rare for any series this early, the leads' friendly chemistry bouncing off each other perfectly and the low-stakes of the story makes it far more relatable than any "twenty-somethings in big city" show you've heard of in past decade (looking especially at you GIRLS).

    On top of it, Broad City is plain funny. It's leads or it's side/recurring characters throwing off incredibly smart array of comedy ranging from vulgar to deadpan.

    This is great and hilarious stuff and I can only imagine how good this will get a few seasons in.
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  3. Feb 2, 2014
    10
    This show is AWESOME. I'm already addicted. I'd basically given up on sitcoms until this came along. This not only doesn't leave me feelingThis show is AWESOME. I'm already addicted. I'd basically given up on sitcoms until this came along. This not only doesn't leave me feeling dumber at the end of the episode (like most TV does), it's really fresh. Where has this show been all my life? Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2014
    9
    The show is brilliant. Being able to relate to some aspects; twenty something, low-income, acquired brooklynite, made it enjoyable to watch.The show is brilliant. Being able to relate to some aspects; twenty something, low-income, acquired brooklynite, made it enjoyable to watch. At twenty something life is short and moving in a hurry, make lite and laugh a little. Broad city brings the laughs! Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2014
    8
    As a dude who loved workaholics I was hesitant (Expecting the typical vag and tampon woman humor), but I love the chemistry and it's creative.As a dude who loved workaholics I was hesitant (Expecting the typical vag and tampon woman humor), but I love the chemistry and it's creative. The guest stars are great. The pilot isn't fantastic but it gets better afterwards. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2014
    5
    There's really nothing especially clever about the skits, and while it's not as bad as some of these other reviewers are making it out to be,There's really nothing especially clever about the skits, and while it's not as bad as some of these other reviewers are making it out to be, after getting through 3 episodes it's pretty obvious all these two have to go on is cheesy weed jokes and self humiliation scenes. What's most discouraging about this show is the positive reinforcement we are seeing by the critics. It's as if standards have been lowered to the point where shows like this are considered smart and witty. Again, it's semi-watchable and offers the occasional chuckle or gasp, but the same repetitive skits surrounding these girls' lives isn't going to cut it for a full season. Expand
  7. Feb 20, 2014
    0
    People keep saying "if you like Workaholics you'll love Broad City!"

    I watch Workaholics because the first two seasons reminded me of
    People keep saying "if you like Workaholics you'll love Broad City!"

    I watch Workaholics because the first two seasons reminded me of exaggerated versions of my friends. They've gotten really tryhard and way too over the top since midway through season 3 and I have stopped watching them.

    Broad City is everything I hated about recent Workaholics without any of the positives. Tryhard edgy **** that honestly wouldn't have even impressed me when I was a teenager because it's so **** stupid. Plus they push the fact that they're girls but they aren't typical girls! OMG SO QUIRKY LOL LMFAO and it's so god damn heavy handed that I can't stomach it.

    I can't wait until this show is canceled, I'd rather have another time slot filled with Tosh.0 reruns then this crap.
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