2 Broke Girls
|2 Broke Girls|
|Theme music composer||Peter Bjorn and John|
|Opening theme||"Second Chance"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||94 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||September 19, 2011– present|
2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. It premiered in the United States on CBS on September 2011, and is currently commissioned for a fifth season. Set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, the show's plot follows the lives of roommates Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs). Whereas Channing was raised as the daughter of a multi-millionaire, Black grew in poverty, resulting in differing perspectives on life, although together they work in a local diner while attempting to raise funds to start a cupcake business.
Since its debut, the series has received a mixed response from critics. The on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters has been praised, however others have condemned the show's reliance on sexualised humour and racial stereotypes. It was nominated for three 2012 Emmy Awards, winning for Art Direction.
On March 12, 2015, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season.
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 diner, 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 boss, Han Lee (Matthew Moy); Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an upbeat but perverted Ukrainian cook; and Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old cashier. Also featured starting late in the first season is their neighbour and part-time boss Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge), a Polish immigrant who runs the house-cleaning 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. 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.
- Kat Dennings as Max Black, one of the waitresses at the Williamsburg Diner. She is a poor working class girl who had a rough childhood in Hope, Rhode Island and an equally rough adult life, driven by both genuine poverty and being raised by a mother who was usually absent and dangerously incompetent when she was around. (It is implied that her mother may have been a drug addict.) Han initially allowed her to sell homemade cupcakes in the diner, which led to Caroline's idea to go into the cupcake business.
- Beth Behrs as Caroline Wesbox Channing, a new waitress at the Williamsburg Diner. She is a formerly rich high society girl and Wharton graduate who lost all of her money when her father was arrested and thrown in jail for a Ponzi scheme. She is forced to start over and becomes Max's co-worker, roommate and eventual best friend. She comes up with the idea of starting a cupcake business with Max. The character is loosely based on Paris Hilton, should Hilton have been the daughter of Bernard Madoff.
- Garrett Morris as Earl, the cashier who has worked at the Williamsburg Diner since 1962, and an elderly former jazz musician. Max is very close to him, frequently claiming she wishes he was her father.
- Jonathan Kite as Vanko "Oleg" Golishevsky, a Ukrainian cook at the Williamsburg Diner. He sexually harasses Max and Caroline constantly with inappropriate jokes, innuendo and propositions for sex. He later develops an attraction to Sophie, and has a sex-only relationship with her. At the end of season two, Oleg cheated on Sophie, leading her to angrily break up with him off-screen before the third season premiere. In season four, the two reconcile and get engaged and then married; it is revealed he needs to get married because his green card will expire.
- Matthew Moy as Han Lee, the owner of the Williamsburg Diner. He is constantly a target for jokes involving his height, his effeminate mannerisms in spite of his claims of being heterosexual, and his lack of knowledge of American culture.
- Jennifer Coolidge as Sophie Kaczynski (recurring, season 1; regular, season 2–present), a Polish woman who owns a cleaning company and lives in the apartment above Max's. She was involved in a relationship with Oleg during seasons two and three, and gets engaged to him in season four, marrying him in the finale.
- Chestnut is Caroline's horse who lives in the garden of Max's apartment.
- Brooke Lyons as Peach Landis (season 1), a high society mother who acts like the most clueless version of that. She is the woman whose babies, Brad and Angelina (a reference to real-life actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), Max babysits for. She fired Max from that job to appease an awful friend of hers after a cupcake-catering mishap, and after she begged Max to return full-time, Max decided that she would only return in a part-time capacity. She hasn't been seen or heard from since, and the show has made it clear Max no longer works for, or has any contact, with her.
- Nick Zano as Johnny (seasons 1–2), Max's on-again-off-again love interest. He told Max he broke up with Cashandra and was getting married to another women he just met a week ago in the season 1 finale. He was not seen again until the episode "And the Big Opening" of season 2, in which he and Max had sex. He and Max both agreed that they only wanted each other when they were taken by another person. He left at the end of that episode promising her he would see her again someday.
- Ryan Hansen as Andy (season 2), a candy store owner whose business was across from the cupcake store, and Caroline's love interest in season 2.
- Federico Dordei as Luis (season 3), a flamboyant man who becomes the new day waiter in the third season episode "And the Group Head". He is attracted to Oleg.
- Gilles Marini as Nicolas (season 3), a French "master baker" who owns and teaches at the Manhattan School of Pastry; he was Caroline's love interest, until she realized he is married in "And the French Kiss". He and his wife have an "open relationship" and his wife even gives Caroline permission to sleep with Nicolas, but Caroline refuses because she does not want to sleep with a married man. He later moves back to France to be with his wife, and thus the Manhattan School of Pastry closes.
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Bebe (season 3), a neurotic pastry chef who works at the front desk of the Manhattan School of Pastry. She later moves to Canada, claiming that "they" have found her.
- Eric André as Deacon "Deke" Bromberg (season 3), a sarcastic half-black/half-Jewish student at the Pastry School who quickly becomes Max's friend, lover and later ex-boyfriend. He is the second person Max says "I love you" to (the first being Caroline). It is later revealed that despite living in a renovated dumpster, he is rich, his parents owning a large elevator company. In "And the Wedding Cake Cake Cake", Max reveals that she and Deke are no longer together.
- Patrick Cox as John (seasons 3–4), a large homosexual bald man who shared a table in the pastry school classroom with Max, who nicknames him "Big Mary". They now work together at The High.
- Austin Falk as Nashit ("Nash") (season 4), a handsome new waiter at The High, later hired by Han to be a dishwasher at the diner.
Special guest stars
- Martha Stewart as herself
- Steven Weber as Martin Channing, Caroline's father, who is currently in prison for a ponzi scheme he masterminded.
- Cedric the Entertainer as Darius, Earl's estranged son.
- 2 Chainz as himself
- Missi Pyle as Charity Channing, Caroline's rich and abusive aunt. She refused to give Max and Caroline a loan for their failing business, and later admitted that Caroline's claims to their parents that Charity was abusive to her (which they didn't believe) were accurate.
- Debra Wilson as Delores, an exhausted employee at the temp agency where Max and Caroline worked. Her catchphrase, "Let me give you a 'for instance'", was used throughout the episode to illustrate violations to company policies.
- Andy Dick as J. Petto, a puppeteer, who slips on a cupcake at Max and Caroline's cupcake shop and damages his puppet.
- Piers Morgan as himself
- Kyle Gass as an SFX operator
- Lindsay Lohan as Claire Guinness, a soon-to-be-bride who asks Max and Caroline to make her wedding cake.
- Hal Linden as Lester, the real tenant of Max and Caroline's apartment. He originally plans to evict them, then says he will let them stay if Max sleeps with him, and finally is conned into letting them re-up their lease for several years.
- Kim Kardashian West as herself
- Jesse Metcalfe as Sebastian, Max's new fling. He works as a DJ at a grocery chain.
- Valerie Harper as Nola Anderz, a regular customer at the diner who is actually a successful photographer.
- Sandra Bernhard as Joedth (pronounced "Jo"), the owner of The High, a restaurant where Max and Caroline start working.
- Caroline Rhea as Bonnie, a flight attendant at the airport where the second branch of The High is located.
Development and casting
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, and ordering it to series on May 13, 2011. 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.
Dennings was the first to be cast in role of Max on February 18, 2011. A week later on February 25, 2011, Behrs won an audition to land the role of Caroline, beating out other established actresses. Moy, Morris and Kite were the last three to be cast on March 16, 2011.
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). Production for the second season began on August 6, 2012. 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. On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed 2 Broke Girls for a 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 Friends with Better Lives. On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed 2 Broke Girls for a fourth season. The network announced a premiere date of October 27, 2014. 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 occupied 2 Broke Girls' timeslot until October 20, and then returned to its normal Thursday timeslot. The fourth season consisted of 22 episodes.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||24||September 19, 2011||May 7, 2012|
|2||24||September 24, 2012||May 13, 2013|
|3||24||September 23, 2013||May 5, 2014|
|4||22||October 27, 2014||May 18, 2015|
||This section is in a table format that may be better presented using prose. (February 2015)|
|United Kingdom||E4 |
|Israel||Comedy Central (HOT)|
|Philippines||ETC (TV channel)|
2 Broke Girls has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the first season holds a rating of 68%, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs have undeniable chemistry, and although 2 Broke Girls is at times is bogged down by predictable jokes, this old-fashioned odd couple sitcom is rich with laughs." earning an On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 25 critics, 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. 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." 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." Elliot B. Gertel at Jewish World Review 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".
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. 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. 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." 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."
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. It scored a 7.1 rating in Adults 18–49. With DVR viewers included, the premiere rose to over 21.5 million viewers and an 8.1 in adults 18–49. The show has done well in ratings with college students and young males.
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot (ET)||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Nielsen ratings|
|1||24||Monday 9:30 pm (premiere)
Monday 8:30 pm
|September 19, 2011||19.37||
|2||24||Monday 9:00 pm||September 24, 2012||10.14||May 13, 2013||8.94||2012–13||32||10.63||3.7/9|
|3||24||Monday 9:00 pm (Episodes 1 – 3)
Monday 8:30 pm (Episodes 4 – 21)
Monday 8:00 pm (Episodes 22 – 24)
|September 23, 2013||8.88||May 5, 2014||6.94||2013–14||37||8.98||3.8/10|
|4||22||Monday 8:00 pm||October 27, 2014||8.43||May 18, 2015||7.56||2014–15||48||9.18||2.8/8|
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|2012||People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Comedy||2 Broke Girls||Won|
|Excellence in Production Design Award||Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series||Glenda Rovello, Conny Boettger and Amy Feldman||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female||Beth Behrs||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Comedy||2 Broke Girls||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series||Glenda Rovello and Amy Feldman||Won|
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||Gary Baum||Nominated|
|Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series||Darryl Bates||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America Announces Artios Awards||Television Pilot Comedy||2 Broke Girls||Nominated|
|2013||Excellence in Production Design Award||Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series||Glenda Rovello||Nominated|
|NewNowNext Awards||Coolest Cameo||2 Chainz||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 11–13||Jake Elliott||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series||Glenda Rovello and Amy Feldman||Nominated|
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||Gary Baum||Nominated|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Network TV Comedy||2 Broke Girls||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Gal Pals||Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) & Max Black (Kat Dennings)||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Serie||Christian La Fountaine||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Network TV Comedy||2 Broke Girls||Nominated|
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. The series has also been cleared on CBS and Weigel owned affiliates in 35% of the United States.
|The Complete First Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|DVD/Blu-ray release date|
|United States||Australia||United Kingdom|
|September 4, 2012||October 17, 2012||October 22, 2012 (DVD only)|
|The Complete Second Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|DVD release date|
|United States||Australia||United Kingdom|
|September 24, 2013||September 18, 2013||October 7, 2013|
|The Complete Third Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|DVD release date|
|United States||Australia||United Kingdom|
|October 14, 2014||October 22, 2014||October 6, 2014|
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