2 Broke Girls

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Odd-couple restaurant comedy serves up witty, risqué humor.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 22 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series underscores how people can be friends and work together toward a goal despite their differences. The humor sometimes includes stereotypical comments.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite how they appear on the surface, both Max and Caroline are smart, hardworking, and generous women. Some of the cast reflect existing stereotypes about ethnic/racial minorities.


Occasional slapsticky incidents played for laughs, as when a Taser is accidentally used against Max. One episode features a prison riot.


Strong innuendo, including jokes about brothels, S&M, anal sex. Discussions about sexual activity, as well as some crude references to woman's breasts and genitals. An accidental same-sex kiss.


 Language includes lots of salty words like "damn," "ass," "hell," "bitch," and "piss." Jokes often play on innuendo as well as ethnic stereotypes.


Lots of pop culture references to shows like One Tree Hill and Jersey Shore and celebs like Paris Hilton, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer drinking by adults. Occasional references to drug addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sitcom, produced by the creators of Sex and the City, offers lots of smart, witty, and risqué humor. There's some strong sexual innuendo (including references to women's genitals), some salty language ("damn," "piss,"), and lots of pop culture references to actors and shows like One Tree Hill  and Jersey Shore. The humor sometimes uses stereotypes (about ethnic groups, for example) to get a laugh.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAthena.va September 25, 2020

Dark sarcastic humor

This show is one of my favorites and I’ve watched the seasons several times but I must say that it’s not for everyone.

It’s a show with dark humor and very sa... Continue reading
Adult Written byyuliyazhelbakova March 2, 2014

For older teens and adults yes, but for kids no.

I am 20 years old and I personally started watching this show for the past year or so. It's really funny, not for everyone, but I enjoy the crude humor. Ch... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTrulyCows May 3, 2021

Only for Mature Kids

I LOVE THIS SHOW but best for mature 10 years old and plus.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat July 10, 2020

I hate this show

My dad likes it, but I personally have know idea what this show is about.

What's the story?

2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about two young women trying to earn a living while saving money for a cupcake shop. Kat Dennings stars as Max Black, a working-class waitress and nanny who suddenly finds herself working in a Brooklyn diner alongside Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), the now-penniless daughter of a former New York billionaire who was convicted of scamming Manhattan's upper crust in a Ponzi scheme. As they serve up platters to locals, the women must contend with the pathetic flirtations of Olaf the cook (Jonathon Kite) and boss Han "Bryce" Lee's (Matthew Moy) quirky management style. The restaurant's friendly cashier, Earl (Garrett Morris), keeps their spirits high. Adding to the fray is their quirky neighbor, Sophie Kachinsky (Jennifer Coolidge). The two soon become unlikely BFFs, and discover that Max's baking talent and Caroline's elite business school education will make for a lucrative business relationship.

Is it any good?

The show's odd-couple concept isn't completely original, but it has enough modern-day twists to make it feel fresh and contemporary. Meanwhile, it delivers lots of laughs thanks to some great writing and polished comedic timing.

The sassy banter is smart and fun, but the show's risqué humor and mature themes make it best suited for older viewers. Some viewers have reported being offended by the ethnic and sexual humor in the show that, while often veiled, is very edgy. It's definitely not the kind of humor that appeals to everyone, but many will be highly entertained.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a sitcom funny. Is it the writing? The acting? The timing? Should stereotypes ever be used to get laughs?

  • Who is this show designed for? How can you tell?

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