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2 Broke Girls, 1 Broke Show

Kat Dennings

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2 Broke Girls premiered Monday night on CBS to my lackluster review.  The show centers on the life of Max (Kat Dennings) a working class street smart waitress.  She is cajoled into training Caroline (Beth Behrs) the new waitress, who is the downtrodden socialite daughter of a Bernie Madoff stand in.  As the name heavily suggests, these are two broke girls trying to get by in the cold, mean city.  After a series of misadventures the girls become fast roommates and faster friends in their shared struggle to just scrape by.  Don’t fret, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel, the girls develop a plan to raise $250,000 in order to open a cupcake shop.  The show ends with the girls current total of money raised.

Despite the heavy handed laughter from the audience “2 Broke Girls” has potential. Kat Dennings plays this sort of role well and is entertaining.  The jokes can be a little inappropriate for a network television program, especially in an 8:30 pm (E/P) time slot.  The sitcom feel of this show is a big distraction.  The audience laughter is not needed, if the writing is funny the viewing audience will laugh.  I don’t need the laughter of an audience to encourage me to laugh or to tell me a joke was funny, it actually has the opposite effect.  “2 Broke Girls” has real possibility and is worth watching for at least half a season to see how the writing and characters develop.

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