2 Broke Girls

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2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Theme music composerPeter Bjorn and John
Opening themeSecond Chance
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes72 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Patrick King
  • Whitney Cummings
Camera setupMultiple
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Michael Patrick King Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runSeptember 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) – present
External links
Website
 
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2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Theme music composerPeter Bjorn and John
Opening themeSecond Chance
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes72 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Patrick King
  • Whitney Cummings
Camera setupMultiple
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Michael Patrick King Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runSeptember 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) – present
External links
Website

2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. It premiered on CBS in the United States on September 19, 2011, during the 2011–12 television season. On March 27, 2013, CBS announced that 2 Broke Girls has been renewed for a third season, to air during the 2013–14 television season. The series is set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Its plot line follows the misadventures of the roommates Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), who are both poor, and their efforts to start a cupcake business. The first episode aired at 9:30 pm (E/P) after Two and a Half Men on September 19, 2011, and the show moved to its regular timeslot following How I Met Your Mother on Monday nights at 8:30 pm (E/P).[1] For its second season 2 Broke Girls moved to 9 pm ET/PT after Two and a Half Men was moved to Thursdays, and remained there until early in its third season. The show was first moved back to its original timeslot, which opened when We Are Men was cancelled, and stayed there until March 24, 2014. Beginning on April 7, 2014, 2 Broke Girls moved to 8 pm to replace How I Met Your Mother following its conclusion, with the show's former timeslot given to the short-lived The Crazy Ones.

The series has received a generally positive response since its debut. Its themes include friendship, poverty and entrepreneurial encouragement for the public. It was nominated for three 2012 Emmy Awards, winning for Art Direction.

On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed 2 Broke Girls for a fourth season. The network announced a premiere date of October 27, 2014.[2] The move was prompted by CBS' arrangement to air Thursday Night Football for the first several weeks of the season and their subsequent decision not to postpone the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, which will occupy 2 Broke Girls' timeslot until October 20 and then return to its normal Thursday timeslot. The new season will start soon in October featuring some stars such as Kim kardashian and other big stars.

Series synopsis[edit]

The series chronicles the lives of two waitresses in their mid twenties: Max Black (Kat Dennings), the child of a poor working-class mother and an unknown father, and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), who was born rich but is now disgraced and penniless due to her father, Martin Channing, getting caught operating a Bernard Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme. The two work together at a Brooklyn restaurant, soon becoming roommates and friends while building toward their dream of one day opening a cupcake shop. Among those working with them at the restaurant are their Korean boss, Han Lee (Matthew Moy); Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an upbeat but perverted Ukrainian cook; and Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old black cashier. Also featured starting late in the first season is their neighbor and part-time boss Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge), a Polish immigrant who runs the housecleaning company Sophie's Choice. During most of the first season Max is also a part-time nanny for the twin babies of Peach Landis (Brooke Lyons), who during the season adopts Caroline's horse Chestnut. At the end of each episode a tally shows how much they have made toward their goal of $25,000 needed to open their business (it was originally stated in the pilot to be the more realistic amount of $250,000). Early in the second season, Sophie lends the girls $20,000, which is enough for them to start their business. However, the business fails, and in the 18th episode they are forced to give up the lease of their cupcake shop with just enough money to pay off Sophie's loan, resetting the end of episode tally to $1.00. During the third season, the girls reopen the business in the back room of the diner, using the window as a walk up window. Max also enrolls in, and Caroline goes to work for, the Manhattan School of Pastry.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Special guest stars[edit]

Development and production[edit]

Even before it went to series, the then-undeveloped pilot was the subject of a bidding war, with CBS landing the deal on December 10, 2010,[9] and ordering it to series on May 13, 2011.[10] It is one of two shows commissioned for the 2011–12 TV season in which Whitney Cummings is serving as producer and co-creator, the other being Whitney, which was picked up by NBC.[11]

Dennings was the first to be cast in role of Max on February 18, 2011.[12] A week later on February 25, 2011, Behrs won an audition to land the role of Caroline, beating out other established actresses.[13] Moy, Morris and Kite were the last three to be cast on March 16, 2011.[14]

Production for the second season began on August 6, 2012. On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed 2 Broke Girls for a third season.[15]

The series is taped in front of a live studio audience with some sweetening.[16]

On March 13, 2014, CBS announced the fourth season renewal of 2 Broke Girls.[17] Season 4 will consist of 24 episodes.

Broadcast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Dennings and Behrs at 38th People's Choice Awards. January 2012.

The show has received generally mixed reviews from critics, earning a score of 66/100 from review aggregator Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Much criticism for the show was focused on the perceived overuse of sexually based jokes and offensive racial stereotypes. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter said the show had potential but "squandered it away every week on cheap, predictable and unfunny jokes" and noted that many jokes were of a racist or sexual nature.[18] New Zealand critic Chris Philpott was especially offended by the rape jokes in the first three episodes of the series, calling the series the worst new show of 2012, stating that it "display[ed] a lack of understanding and creativity on the part of the comedy writer."[19] Andrew Ti, writing for Grantland.com, singled out the portrayal of Han Lee as "a fairly regressive portrayal" of the stereotypical Asian male: "a tiny, greedy, sexless man-child with infantilized speech patterns."[20] Elliot B. Gertel at Jewish World Review[21] similarly found that the show misrepresented "Orthodox" Jews in an episode. When asked about the racial stereotypes at a January 2012 press conference, Michael Patrick King said "I don’t find it offensive, any of this".[22][23]

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker wrote that while the way the supporting characters are written is "so racist it is less offensive than baffling", she noted that the show has "so much potential", and compared it favorably to Cummings' other show Whitney.[24] Positive reviews such as one from Entertainment Weekly focused on the "potential" that the series has based on the acting and chemistry between Dennings and Behrs.[25] The series also received a B+ from The Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert, who was impressed with the casting and production: "The actresses—especially the Gwen Stefani-esque Dennings—transcend their types, and the pop-savvy humor has spirit thanks to producer Michael Patrick King from Sex and the City. After the forced opening minutes, it’s the best multi-cam-com of the season."[26] The A.V. Club editor Todd VanDerWerff in writing his weekly reviews of the show, he hoped that the series would improve, but ultimately wrote: "Most of the problems—weird story construction, stereotypical characters, bad jokes—that have bedeviled the show have been there from the very beginning, though I will certainly say they’ve gotten worse as the season has gone along and the show hasn’t bothered to diversify its rhythms at all."[27]

On January 11, 2012, 2 Broke Girls won the award for Favorite New TV Comedy at the 38th People's Choice Awards.[28] A promo during the Super Bowl XLVII featured Behrs and Dennings pole dancing became a political scandal for Idaho state representative Raul Labrador when his press officer tweeted from Labrador's Twitter account: "Me likey Broke Girls." His press officer, Phil Hardy, was fired.[29]

Ratings[edit]

The series premiere was watched by 19.2 million viewers after its lead-in, the first episode of Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen. This marked the highest rating for a fall premiere of a comedy series since Fall 2001.[30] It scored a 7.1 rating in Adults 18–49.[31] With DVR viewers included, the premiere rose to over 21.5 million viewers and an 8.1 in adults 18–49.[32] The show has done well in ratings with college students and young males.[32]

SeasonEpisodesTimeslot (ET)PremieredEndedTV seasonNielsen ratings
DatePremiere
viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale
viewers
(in millions)
RankU.S. viewers
(in millions)
Rating
(adults 18–49)
124Monday 9:30 pm (premiere)
Monday 8:30 pm
September 19, 201119.37[33]
May 7, 2012
8.99[34]2011–1232[35]11.29[35]4.4/11[36]
224Monday 9:00 pmSeptember 24, 201210.14[37]May 13, 20138.94[38]2012–1332[39]10.63[39]3.7/9[39]
324Monday 9:00 pm (September 23, 2013 – October 7, 2013)
Monday 8:30 pm (October 14, 2013 – March 31, 2014)
Monday 8:00 pm (April 14, 2014 – May 5, 2014)
September 23, 20138.88[40]May 5, 20146.94[41]2013–1437[42]8.98[39]3.8/10[39]

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesOutcome
2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite New TV Comedy2 Broke GirlsWon
Excellence in Production Design AwardEpisode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted SeriesGlenda Rovello, Conny Boettger and Amy FeldmanNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Performance - FemaleBeth BehrsNominated
Choice TV: Comedy2 Broke GirlsNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera SeriesGlenda Rovello and Amy FeldmanWon
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera SeriesGary BaumNominated
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy SeriesDarryl BatesNominated
Casting Society of America Announces Artios Awards[43]Television Pilot Comedy2 Broke GirlsNominated
2013Excellence in Production Design AwardEpisode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted SeriesGlenda RovelloNominated
NewNowNext Awards[44]Coolest Cameo2 ChainzNominated
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13Jake ElliottNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera SeriesGlenda Rovello and Amy FeldmanNominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera SeriesGary BaumNominated
2014People's Choice AwardsFavorite Network TV Comedy2 Broke GirlsNominated
Favorite TV Gal PalsCaroline Channing (Beth Behrs) & Max Black (Kat Dennings)Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera SerieChristian La FountaineNominated

Syndication[edit]

On June 20, 2012, it was announced that TBS has secured the cable syndication rights to the sitcom, and will begin airing the series in 2015.[45]

Home media[edit]

The Complete First Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 24 episodes
  • 3-disc set (DVD)
  • 2-disc set (Blu-ray)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Swedish
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD)
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)
  • 2 Girls Going 4 Broke
    • Behind the scenes with cast and creators
  • Unaired scenes
DVD/Blu-ray release date
United StatesAustraliaUnited Kingdom
September 4, 2012October 17, 2012October 22, 2012 (DVD only)
The Complete Second Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 24 episodes
  • 3-disc set (DVD)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Max's Homemade Cupcakes: Go Big or Go Broke!
    • Season 2 highlights and interviews
  • 2 Broke Girrllss! with Sophie Kachinsky
    • Cast and producers discuss the character
  • 2 Broke Girls at Paley Fest 2013
    • Highlights from the panel discussion
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
DVD release date
United StatesAustraliaUnited Kingdom
September 24, 2013September 18, 2013October 7, 2013

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