Two Broke Girls is a 30-minute comedy starring Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’s Kat Dennings as Max, a working class waitress who has an extra job as a nanny to make ends meet, and Beth Behrs as Caroline, a down on her luck socialite who hits rock bottom after her dad figures in a scandal that leaves them in the poorhouse. The two main characters work together at a Brooklyn restaurant and share an apartment and supposedly funny adventures as they typically get to know each other and understand their background — build a friendship, blah blah….
The series is pretty formulaic and employs a generic strategy that has propelled many other comedies with two lead characters who are polar opposites. The show also has a quirky set of supporting cast members and a very high potential setting for a lot of funny stuff (Brooklyn). With all this said, the series should be hit right? Think again.
Here’s the deal. Comedies are supposed to be funny, and everybody should pull their weight in a show like this one. At the end of the day, Dennings, while she rocks this whole goth chick who hates the world persona, is only one half of the title. I’m really not sure whether Behrs understands what she’s supposed to be in the series. She tries too hard to copy Elle Woods in Legally Blonde but really comes off as as an annoying cheerleader in her delivery of her dialogue and her unfunny over the top dancing. I think she wants to be the foil to Denning’s stoic character but in doing so, dug her own grave by being too much of an eager beaver, the type that people love to hate in high school. She doesn’t bring any part of herself to the role and simply resorts to mimicking established characters before her, which isn’t good because in giving the audience a gauge for comparison, her Caroline really and resoundly falls short.
The script isn’t even amusing to begin with, often resorting to threats of violence (Max to Caroline) or sexual innuendos (kitchen crew to Caroline) to draw cheap laughs. Perhaps its the lack of connection among the characters thats the problem. It’s hard to muster up enthusiasm to cheer for the leads to succeed in their dream to start a cupcake business, especially when they too seem unaffected by the success or failure of their goal. This could be a reason why people may feel alienated from the show. Or, maybe the team should work on better jokes or better scenarios. Stop dwelling on the stereotypes in Brooklyn and serve up something new and different about the situation of today. Connect the characters’ plight with the economy, the elections, whatever. The team should dig deep and be creative. That’s the only way I think the show has to stay on air for longer considering the steep competition.
All I can say is , there is seriously something wrong about a comedy who fails to get guffaws out of a rich annoying character falling flat on her face in horse sh*t. And the productions could do well to reflect on that.