Broad City: Season 4

If you have a delicate disposition or can’t stand hipsters then stay far away from Broad City. Because it is female driven comedy it inevitably gets compared to the series Girls. Also it is about women trying to make their way in New York City. The two are quite different. Girls does have wit and comedy, but is based mostly in drama. Broad City is much more way out there in regards to the laughs it seeks. Sticking firmly in the raunchy comedy arena it rarely veers off into drama. It never gets too stupid though there will be a couple of “what?” moments in each episode. Unlike many comedy series of the type after a few episodes it makes you feel like you understand and like the lead characters. This does not stop you from laughing at the awkward situations and misfortunes they find themselves in.

You can always count on these two ladies for a laugh. Abbi (played by Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (played by Ilana Glazer) play perfectly off one another. Abbi is more reserved and takes crap as a result whereas Ilana is a take charge type who goes for what she wants disregarding what everyone else thinks. They complete each other as true best friends should. The humour they bring to the show matches their personalities with Ilana’s being more in your face while Abbi’s is more subtle. Funny, real and don’t worry about being “women”.

The humour is not intended for women only as it is rather broad. Scenarios are killer funny and dialogue along with the acting is strong. Storylines this season include a look back at how Abbi and Ilana met, Ilana gets a new job at a restaurant and begins to make good money, an eventful day/night after the two girls take mushrooms, Abbi’s mom (played by Peri Gilpin) comes to town for a visit, Abbi, Ilana, Eliot (played by Eliot Glazer) and their mom (played by Susie Essman) travel to Florida to clean out Grandma Esther’s condo, Abbi deals with being unemployed, and the girls celebrate their Friendiversary. Special guests this season include Wanda Sykes, RuPaul, Sandra Bernhard, Jane Curtin, Fran Drescher, Denis O’Hare, Steve Buscemi, Shania Twain, and Lea DeLaria.

Season four was delayed a little as Glazer and Jacobson had assumed that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, so they had to rewrite some of the episodes. Despite the setback (named Trump, who they make their views of very clear) the comedy/show remains hilarious and edgy.

Special Features:

-Hack Into Broad City

-Deleted and Extended Scenes

-Outtakes

-Behind Broad City

 

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