Set in a grungy diner in New York, 2 Broke Girls pilots off with a charming, cheeky and exceptionally sarcastic pair of waitresses: Max and Caroline. Max is introduced as a waitress at Han Lee’s diner; she is a beautiful Brunette with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, putting her customers (and co-workers) in place and yet she has so much charisma that it makes her bad attitude come across as something cute and endearing. Caroline Channing appears as a former multi-billionaire, the daughter of a famous businessman who embezzled himself into jail. The tall, stylish blonde is now broke and beginning a job at the diner.
The two don’t really hit it off, so to speak, Caroline still embodies an upper-class attitude whilst Max is not very welcoming at all, she would rather work the diner alone to get the extra money. However, her boss, an amusing little Korean man, insists that a blonde will bring good business. Other characters such as, Earl, the really funny old black cashier at reception and Oleg, the perverted cook who refuses to wear anything but tank tops, add to a homey feeling that makes this diner special. Caroline becomes optimistic about Max’s cupcakes and suggests that they start a business to earn more money. After a few break-ups, an unwanted cupcake board and a horse kidnapping, Max finally agrees to be in a partnership with Caroline. This is where their friendship really begins and also where Caroline moves in with Max.
Max’s stubborn, funny and guarded personality together with Caroline’s over-excited and ever optimistic exterior, Han’s yearning to become a hipster, Oleg’s disturbing urges and the equally broke former-champion, Chestnut makes this comedy a great sit-back-relax-and-fall-out-of-your-chair-laughing-clutching-your-stomach-and-rolling-on-the-floor comedy. The humour is quick, crude, sarcastic and very dry at times, but the actresses delivering the lines make the words of an old morbid comedian sound like the sweet ravings of twenty-something roommates trying to make a break in the real world.
All in all, a very entertaining, laid back show. It’s also very modern in certain aspects, incorporating Facebook and Twitter into their dialogue (and sort of making fun of social networking in some scenes). As a commercially amusing, regular American comedy with a slight twist, I’d rate it 7 out of 10, still leaving room for improvement.
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