2 Broke Girls

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2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls logo.jpg
Genre
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Second Chance" by Peter Bjorn and John (also transitions)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Patrick King
  • Whitney Cummings
(executive consultant)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
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
Genre
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Second Chance" by Peter Bjorn and John (also transitions)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Patrick King
  • Whitney Cummings
(executive consultant)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
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 (stylized as 2 BROKE GIRL$) is an American television sitcom that debuted on CBS during the 2011–12 television season. The series follows the misadventures of roommates Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), both financially poor, and their efforts to start a cupcake business in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York. The first episode aired at 9:30 pm (E/P) after Two and a Half Men on September 19, 2011. Later episodes followed How I Met Your Mother on Monday nights at 8:30 pm (E/P).[1] The series was created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings for Warner Bros. Television.

On March 27, 2013, CBS announced that 2 Broke Girls will return for a third season during the 2013–14 television season.

The series has received a generally mixed to positive response since its debut. It was nominated for three 2012 Emmy Awards, winning for Art Direction.

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Series synopsis[edit]

Set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the series chronicles the lives of two waitresses in their mid twenties—Max (Kat Dennings), who comes from a poor working-class family, and Caroline (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—working together at a Brooklyn restaurant. The two become friends and build toward their dream of one day opening a cupcake shop. Among those working with them at the restaurant are their 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 $250,000 needed to open their business. 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.

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,[4] and ordering it to series on May 13, 2011.[5] 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.[6]

Dennings was the first to be cast in role of Max on February 18, 2011.[7] A week later on February 25, 2011, Behrs won an audition to land the role of Caroline, beating out other established actresses.[8] Moy, Morris and Kite were the last three to be cast on March 16, 2011.[9]

Production for the second season began on August 6, 2012. On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed 2 Broke Girls for a third season.[10]

Broadcast[edit]

Reception[edit]

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

The show has received mixed to positive 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.[11] 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."[12] 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."[13] Elliot B. Gertel at Jewish World Review[14] 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".[15][16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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."[19] 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."[20]

On January 11, 2012, 2 Broke Girls won the award for Favorite New TV Comedy at the 38th People's Choice Awards.[21] A spot ad during Super Bowl XLVII featured Beth Behrs and Kat 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.[22]

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.[23] It scored a 7.1 rating in Adults 18–49.[24] With DVR viewers included, the premiere rose to over 21.5 million viewers and an 8.1 in adults 18–49.[25] The show has done well in ratings with college students and young males.[25]

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[26]
May 7, 2012
8.99[27]2011–12#32[28]11.29[28]4.4/11[29]
224Monday 9:00 pmSeptember 24, 201210.14[30]May 13, 20138.94[31]2012–13#32[32]10.63[32]3.7/9[32]

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[33]Television Pilot Comedy2 Broke GirlsNominated
2013Excellence in Production Design AwardEpisode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted SeriesGlenda RovelloNominated
NewNowNext Awards[34]Coolest Cameo2 ChainzNominated
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13Jake ElliottNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Comedy2 Broke GirlsPending

Syndication[edit]

On June 20, 2012, it was announced that TBS has secured the syndication rights to the sitcom, and will begin airing the series in 2015.[35]

International broadcasts[edit]

The series has been picked up in the following countries:

CountryNetworkPremiere dateNotes
 ArgentinaWarner Channel
 AustraliaNine NetworkFebruary 14, 2012Season 2 currently fast-tracked 5 days after US airing, Tuesdays at 9pm, with Season 1 being re-run on Nine's digital channel GO! weeknights at 6:30.
 BelgiumVIERSeptember 1, 2012
 Brazil[36]Warner ChannelOctober 25, 2011
 Canada[37]CitySeptember 19, 2011Simulcast by CBS in Canada. Aires at the same time and date.
 ChileWarner Channel
 ColombiaWarner Channel
 Costa RicaWarner Channel
 DenmarkTV 2 Zulu
 El SalvadorWarner Channel
 FinlandSubKnown as Tyhjätaskut ("Empty Pockets")
 France[38]OCS HappySeptember 30, 2012
 Germany[39]ProSiebenAugust 28, 20129:15 pm, airing between Two and a Half Men and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
 GuatemalaWarner Channel
 Hong KongTVB PearlDecember 9, 201200:20pm, Brand new series premiere. Airing after Entertainment Tonight
 IcelandStöð 2May 2012
 IndiaStar WorldSeptember 2012Monday–Friday 11:30
 Ireland[40]RTÉ TwoJanuary 19, 2012Season 2 premieres Thursday 1 November 2012 at 7:30PM. Season 2 went on hiatus on 6 December 2012 finishing with "And the Candy Manwich" (2.6). It returned on 28 February 2013 with "And the Three Boys with Wood" (2.7), airing at the new time of 8:35PM on Thursday nights. 2 Broke Girls is part of the 'See It First' programming on RTÉ Two, with the channel premiering new episodes before any other country in Europe.
 Israel[41]Comedy Central IsraelMarch 10, 2012
 ItalyMyaMay 21, 201210:15 pm, airing after Suburgatory
 Malaysia8TVSeptember 30, 201210:30 pm, two episodes back to back, airing after Hole in the Wall: Family Edition. Aired only for 6 weeks, then give way to The Next Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 for 6 weeks. Episode 13 aired on December 23, 2012. Season finale for season 1 was on January 27, 2013.
 MexicoWarner Channel9:30 pm before, the past week episode is transmitted. and 2:30 pm on Mondays after The Big Bang Theory, Friends and Two and Half Man
Middle EastOSN Comedy MBC 4 (Middle East)2012–present
 NetherlandsNET 5
Veronica
March 12, 2012
October 18, 2012
NET 5 only aired the first seven episodes in March and April 2012. Veronica is broadcasting the series since October 18, 2012, from the pilot episode onwards.
 New ZealandTV2February 8, 20128:00 pm, airing after Two and a Half Men
 PanamaWarner Channel
 PeruWarner Channel
 PhilippinesETCSeptember 20, 2011 - PresentWednesdays, 9:00 PM, currently airing Season 2
 PolandComedy CentralMarch 1, 2012
 PortugalRTP 2
 RussiaParamount ComedyJuly 15, 2012
 SlovakiaMarkízaJanuary 7, 2013
 South Africa[42]M-NetMarch 14, 2012
 SpainTNT EspañaOctober 28, 2011
 Sweden[43]TV4September 13, 2012Known as Två panka tjejer. Airing 21:30 after New Girl
 TurkeyComedyMax / CNBC-eNovember 11, 2011 / April 2, 2013
 United Kingdom[44]E4 /Channel 4April 19, 2012Airing Thursdays 9:30pm.
 UruguayWarner Channel
 VenezuelaWarner Channel

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 as they discuss the show's origins
  • Unaired Scenes
DVD
North AmericaAustraliaUnited Kingdom
September 4, 2012October 17, 2012October 22, 2012
Blu-ray
North AmericaAustraliaUnited Kingdom
September 4, 2012October 17, 2012N/A

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