Ken Tucker, television critic of Entertainment Weekly, in a
recent blog-post wrote: “Oh, dear. Three weeks in, 2 Broke Girls is not
quite living up to its potential as the new season’s
break-out/talent-filled/girl-power-trend sitcom. I’m not talking about ratings —
those are solid, for sure. I mean the actual quality of the jokes…” Tucker went
on to speculate about the show’s mediocrity, “Is it the hovering presence of
co-producer Michael Patrick King, who wrote the second episode and doesn’t seem
to have adjusted the vulgarity level to the right setting?” If the October 24th
episode is any indication, the vulgarity-meter isn’t merely on the wrong
setting, it’s completely broken. For building episodes on a thin plot foundation
barely holding up walls of tasteless, crass jokes haphazardly spackled together,
2 Broke Girls rightfully deserves the title of Worst TV Show of the
Since most of the offensive content is in the form of throw-away jokes, it’s
almost pointless to explain the plot. Instead, here’s a sample of the show’s
brand of humor:
down a man who left a meager tip and shames him in front of the woman he is
with, and who announces that this is their first, and last, date. Max
comments, “Sorry, dude, looks like this little tip lost you the chase to
give her your little tip.”
“That $1.47 tip was a wake-up call, reminding me that life will always
undervalue you if you let it. Yes, I’m been knocked down, but now it’s time
to fight back and grab life by the balls.”
Max quips, “I don’t know if life likes having its balls grabbed. Some guys do,
but those are usually the ones that want you to spoon them.”
“Sleeping on that couch is holding me back. I never get a restful night
sleep and I need a good nine hours.”
Max: “What you need is a good nine inches.”
Max and Johnny
ride Caroline’s horse.
Johnny: “Interesting bit of information about horses. They hurt your balls.”
Max loses her
balance and Johnny accidentally grabs her breast.
But the most tasteless joke occurred after Caroline instructed Max on how to
hand out their business cards for their fledgling bakery:
sounds needy. Like when someone asks you to come to their one-woman show.
(mockingly) Somebody date-raped me and I didn’t think I’d live through it,
but I did and now I’m stronger and, uh, still needy.”
Really? The show supposedly about girl-power is mocking rape
victims? For what? A joke that’s not even funny?
The show has already proven that it’s not above racial stereotypes. (Tucker also
dinged the show for its denigrating portrayal of Han, the Asian owner of the
diner where the girls work). And seemingly every other line is a clunky
double-entendre. But joking about rape victims is a new low.
Tucker adroitly noted, “2
does that mediocre-sitcom thing of having its actors deliver lines as though
they were jokes but which, upon cursory inspection, prove not to be.” Since the
writers apparently don’t know which lines are jokes, perhaps someone should
remind them which topics aren’t.
For crass, insensitive sexual content 2 Broke Girls has been named
Worst TV Show of the Week.
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