“2 Broke Girls” Spoon Fed Comedy or a Diamond in Disguise?

Whoever said drama was easy it’s comedy that’s hard had no idea how right they were.  Especially considering they never had to deal with today’s instant pleasure world.  The problem with comedy is that a million different circumstances can make one person laugh and fall deafly on someone else’s ears.    Like for instance…me.   When it comes to comedy I admit I’m fickle.  I tend to shy away from comedies that are served up by a laugh track and those that fail to straddle the line between smart and obnoxious.  When I am watching a comedy I simply want to sit back and enjoy myself.

Now some of my fellow critics are writing that 2 Broke Girls is one of the best comedies this fall (if Apartment 23 were premiering this fall instead of mid-season they wouldn’t be saying that) and they may be right.  I don’t think they are, but I am basing my opinion on the pilot episode only.  Oh sure there were some bright spots, but damned if I can remember them an hour after the show aired (not a good sign if you ask me).  I’m sorry but a couple of zippy one liners and paper thin characters does not a show make.

2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings as Max a tough-talking, wise ass waitress with a penchant for men with abs and Beth Behrs as Caroline a former rich girl who has been forced to work in what is perhaps the dingiest looking diner on the planet.  Watch out ladies and gentlemen it’s another white collar meets blue collar opposites attract wonderfest.  Maybe I’m getting too picky.  Maybe I am expecting too much out of my comedy.  Maybe the moon really is made out of cheese and all the smart people have left Hollywood.  Who knows and frankly I don’t care but I believe they can do better.  Shows like Modern Family, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Mad About You, Cougar Town, and How I Met Your Mother have proven that to be true.

2 Broke Girls has everything the standard comedy needs to be a breakaway hit.  The leads have obvious chemistry and seem to be tailor made for their roles.  The jokes are light and fitting to each character.   There is the moment when the leads realize they are growing emotionally thanks to the other’s presence in their lives.  Blah, blah, blah.  Ugh, enough already and do not get me started about the supporting cast.  No, I mean it because I barely noticed they were there or even if they had a purpose other than the creators didn’t think they could get away with a two person show that was set in the Burroughs of New York City.  Hell, that may have made it a tad more interesting.   Because pilots are notorious for sucking I am going to give 2 Broke Girls a chance to find itself so on that note my final rating is

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Watch it on the internet! Not worth keeping up with but good enough to waste some work time.

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