If you haven’t seen Comedy Central’s Broad City, let alone heard of it, then watch it immediately. Not only is it a fresh take on single 20-something city dwellers, it showcases female comedians in their prime, hysterically dealing with the growing pains of everyday city life, all the while breaking down stereotypes of comedy’s gender binary.
Broad City started as web series, before it was picked up by Comedy Central and executive produced by Amy Poehler (she also directed the season 1 finale). It just ended it’s first season, leaving a huge void in the television line-up for female written, produced, directed, and starred material.
In each episode, series creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, navigate their way through New York City, both broke and flawed. But, “they don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them — they dive right into the muck. No matter how bad it gets, these broads are always down with whatever hits them.”
Each episode slowly breaks down the barriers of female and male relationships, with Abbi and Ilana’s non-competitive friendship the heart of the show. They are unfiltered representations of the female experience.
This article from Speakeasy, talks about the “sneak attack” feminism of Broad City’s web series.