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2 Broke Girls

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Odd-couple restaurant comedy serves up witty, risqué humor.
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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

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.

Violence

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

Sex

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

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

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 19, 2011
Cast:Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Kat Dennings
Network:CBS
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byjessieforsythe March 4, 2012

Hilarious New Comedy With Great Girl RoleModels

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byMnelson665 February 27, 2012

I don't let my kids watch this...it's all sex jokes

It's funny but no way for kids...ALL of the jokes are about sex, really, all of them.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byKeren03 February 6, 2013

It has sex jokes but THATS WHAT MAKES IT FUNNY!!!!

Well what can I say.. @ it has lots of sex jokes @ its funny @ it talks about sex @ this is what makes it funny If you dont like sex jokes and humor thats dirty then dont watch....this is funny you just cant get all defencive about it. Just enjoy the jokes. If you dont like it turn the channel its funny to lots of people so leave it alone. and yeah its not meant for young kids so what its not like they dont know about it....and i may just be 13 but if parents continue hiding your kids from shows like this or from movies that you think are horrible THEY ARE GOING TO REBEL. so let them live their lives... also if you shield your kids from this s/he isnt going to be able ot join the conversation. this happens with my friend...we all talk about this show but she cant cuz she isnt allowed to watch shows like this or 80% of the channels on cable. its not fair and they just might hate you...
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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