From Michael Patrick King, the executive producer of “Sex and the City,” and comedian Whitney Cummings, “2 Broke Girls” is an odd-couple comedy about two women from different walks of life who find themselves scrounging for tips at the same greasy Brooklyn diner.
Kat Dennings plays Max, a cynical, no-nonsense girl who you sense has lived paycheck-to-paycheck since she was a fetus. While her sharp-tongued sardonic act has the potential to feel like a shtick, a few well-earned warmer moments make her character relatable and, more importantly, hilarious.
We have to admit, when we saw the trailers, we were a little bit concerned that Beth Behrs‘ heiress-on-the-outs character, Caroline, would be troublesome. (Hey, we’re in a recession. Sorry if we struggle to empathize with the woman who is worried about mustard on her Chanel.) However, like Max, Caroline has been written with care — she’s a spoiled heiress whose trust fund has been frozen, yes. But she’s also a girl’s girl. She’s not easily swayed by a man with a six-pack (or an eight-pack) and she’s smart and business savvy… if not entirely ethical.
Still, she comes by her dishonesty honestly. Her father is currently facing charges for screwing over New York City’s wealthiest investors.
It’s a tried and true sitcom trope. Take two people who couldn’t be more different, shove them together due to circumstance, watch them baffle each other, laugh, rinse, repeat. So no, “2 Broke Girls” doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does make us laugh, consistently, and it’s got characters we’re rooting for. In fact, we love them so much we’d like to donate to their fictional bank account and help them get on their way to opening that cupcake shop. And then we’d like to buy some cupcakes.
Yes, nearly every joke lands on its feet. There were even a few that made us think, “Wow! They’re allowed to say that on TV?”
By the way, that’s always a good thing. Dirty is always a good thing.
(Note to The Powers That Be: The few jokes that didn’t land were the mostly the ones that suggested that hipsters listen to Coldplay. Hipsters don’t listen to Coldplay. My mom listens to Coldplay.)
Our only question? Why did Whitney Cummings use up all of her good jokes on “2 Broke Girls,” leaving her starring vehicle, NBC’s “Whitney,” dry?
In a sea of new female-driven comedies this season, “2 Broke Girls” is a can’t-miss. (The other can’t-miss is “The New Girl,” while we’re keeping track.) Tune in tonight — Monday, Sept. 19 at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. Yes, right after Ashton’s “Two and a Half Men” debut, which we know you’re planning to watch. Don’t lie.