When measuring a television show’s success, it goes something like this: (1) ratings in the 18-49 demographic; (2) Emmys; (3) critical reception; (4) Christopher Meloni butt shots; (5) Golden Globes. But seeing that it’s April 2014, somewhere between numbers 3 and 4 there should be a number 3.5: a BuzzFeed “Which Character Are You?” quiz, because a show isn’t worth DVRing, let alone watching, unless BuzzFeed makes you part of the collective viewing process. Maybe it’s not the most telling metric, but the BuzzFeed quiz signifies a brighter than normal blip on the pop culture radar. It says, “at least two people watch this show, and they think it’s the greatest thing since Obamacare.”
So when my besties Brette and Nick sent me the “Which “Broad City” Character Are You?” quiz, I was comforted to know that my latest obsession had some traction, that perhaps there would be a Season 2, that spontaneously inserting a Broad City reference into conversation with a stranger might yield a beautiful, new friendship.
Broad City’s stars and creators, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, have a pedigree similar to recent successful comedy duos: after going to art school and NYU respectively, the two met at Upright Citizens Brigade, began collaborating, and then created a web series about two besties who live in New York City. The series caught the eye of comedic heavyweight Amy Poehler and eventually Comedy Central, which began airing thirty-minute episodes in January of this year.
If HBO’s Girls is about the neuroses that privileged young white girls develop in New York City, then Broad City is about the modi operandi that lead to those neuroses.