New TV Show Review: 2 Broke Girls on CBS

By Fred Topel Well, here’s another sitcom that’s not funny. 2 Broke Girls is the story of Brooklyn waitress Max (Kat Dennings) teaming up with former trust fund baby Caroline (Beth Behrs). They’re so mismatched it’s got to be hilarious, right?

Max’s first line is a boob joke. Normally I love boobs but when it’s just “stop looking at my boobs” that seems like it’s just calling more attention to them. Max tells off obnoxious customers, and even though she’s right, it makes her pretty unappealing. I do not find aggressive sarcasm hilarious, so this may not be the show for me.


Caroline gets a job at the Williamsburg Diner so Max has to train her, demonstrating how Caroline’s never had to do basic work before. Caroline is sweet and she’s trying, so at least she’s not obnoxious about it. The jokes are how rich Caroline used to be and all the names she drops. Also on the subway Caroline mistakes an innocent gesture for rape, so yeah, rape jokes!


Other characters in the diner: Earl (Garrett Morris) the cashier who will chime in with an inappropriate reference to Stephen Hawking or Duke cheerleaders. Can you believe he went there? Earl will make puns like Vladimir Puttin It Out. The owner of the diner is Han Lee (Matthew Moy) who changed his name to Bryce and still speaks like English is his second language. Oleg (Jonathan Kite) the cook is the horndog.


Max moves Caroline in and the former rich girl doesn’t know what to make of aBrooklynapartment. Max’s boyfriend Robbie (Noah Mills) seems like he’ll be a wacky character with his kooky band mates but I think they got rid of him in the first episode.


As a second job, Max also babysits an upscale family’s twins, named Brad and Angelina. Their mom Peach (Brooke Lyon) is even more out of touch than Caroline. She’s selfish just HEARING about the Channing ponzi scheme and she doesn’t know that babies need to be changed at least twice a day.


At the end of the pilot, Caroline comes up with a plan to open a bake shop. They’ll need $250,000 and the episode ends with their current total. So I guess each week will be some moneymaking scheme or just hard working double shifts and the crazy shenanigans that go on at the diner.


The final gag with the horse is a pretty funny visual and makes the girls look cute. Otherwise I find the writing weak. Maybe it’s like the first Seinfeld and by season four Two Broke Girls will be the definitive comedy of 2014. If it’s not, then I called it.


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