'2 Broke Girls' serves sharp adult humor
There are more than two things to like and loathe about CBS's new Monday night comedy "2 Broke Girls" (9:30 p.m. this week, before moving to its regular 8:30 p.m. time slot next week).
On the plus side, stars Kat Dennings (as Max, the sarcastic dark-haired broke girl) and Beth Behrs (as Caroline, the blond, once-wealthy broke girl) have enjoyable odd-couple chemistry, and the jokes are sharp.
- Starring: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs.
- When: 9:30 p.m. Monday, CBS.
But the show's humor is quite adult (in the pilot there's a crude reference to an orgasm and semen stains on a work uniform), flirts with ethnic stereotypes (the two women work in a diner whose Asian manager chooses the Americanized name Bryce Lee) and is sometimes just cruel ("That girl is working harder than Stephen Hawking trying to put in a pair of cuff links," says the diner's cashier).
Traditional CBS viewers may be appalled; the younger viewers CBS actually wants to tune in will likely be entertained.
"2 Broke Girls" begins with Max chastising rude hipsters ("I wear knit hats when it's cold out," she says. "You wear knit hats because of Coldplay") and breaking in a new waitress, Caroline, daughter of a scheming, now-imprisoned billionaire who's had all her worldly possessions locked up by the bank.
At first they bump heads, then they see the worth in one another, become roommates and plot a business together.
Depending on your tolerance for edgy humor, "2 Broke Girls" ain't broke, but a greater effort by the show's writers to be funny without being overly crude/cruel would help fix it for a broader audience.
First Published September 18, 2011 12:00 am