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“Broad City” Brings a Fresh Perspective on Women-Centered Friendship

Ginny Hudgins

Beyond Agnes News Editor

Feminism, friendship and weed are cornerstone elements to the radical TV series written, produced and largely directed by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, who named their characters in the show after themselves. Starting out as a web series, Jacobson and Glazer based the show on their friendship and their attempt at making it in New York.

Abbi and Ilana hit it off after Abbi believed that Ilana was actually Alia Shawkat of “Arrested Development” fame while they were both taking classes as the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv school in New York City. Little did they know that this mistake would begin a friendship that would inspire the lives of so many women to see their comedy on screen.

“Broad City’s” eccentric style of comedy is representative of the relationship Ilana and Abbi share on and off the screen. The chemistry they created during their improv days of Upright Citizens Brigade clearly translates into the comfort and ease between their characters in the show. The friendship between the two “Broad City” broads shows the fierce female connection that is capable of occurring among women when genuine care and comedy are put into the mix.

Throughout the series of “Broad City,” Ilana is shown with multiple parties of varying gender identities. Her openness and candor regarding her bisexuality is refreshing to see in a show of such comedic value. This depiction of a proud queer person creates an incredibly encouraging narrative about living life without regrets or shame.

The conversation about whether or not women are funny continues to be had around dinner tables, locker rooms, and offices across the country. Pushing back against what is expected of women and comedians in general, Jacobson and Glazer are creating a new genre of comedy specific to only themselves.

A series that is speaking to women like no other before, “Broad City” shows women who are flawed, funny, and completely human. If you are looking for a new show to binge, “Broad City” is sure to remind you of the power of female friendship. Queer and straight people alike are seeing themselves represented through Glazer and Jacobson’s comedic renditions of their own stories. Watch and enjoy all four seasons of this fierce friendship that will have you gigglin’ with your besties.

“Broad City” promotional photo places the main characters side-by-side. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central.

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