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Broad City is an American television sitcom created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. It was developed from their independent web series of the same name, which was produced between 2009 and 2011. The sitcom, like the web series, is based on Glazer and Jacobson's real-life friendship, and their attempt to "make it" in New York. The sitcom premiered on Comedy Central on January 22, 2014, and aired for five seasons, ending on March 28, 2019. The show received critical acclaim throughout its run and has been ranked among the best television shows of the 2010s.
Broad City - Season 5
Jacobson met Paul W. Downs in improv class and both Jacobson and Glazer met Lucia Aniello through the Upright Citizens Brigade. Both were fans of the web series pilot and Aniello would then direct one episode of the web series. The web series ran for two seasons and the finale starred Amy Poehler.
Amy Poehler became aware of the series and mentored Glazer and Jacobson, becoming executive producer when the show came to TV. When Glazer and Jacobson wrote the pilot script, their characters were named Evelyn Wexler and Carly Abrams respectively, but ended up using their real first names instead. Poehler, Glazer, and Jacobson went to Los Angeles to pitch the pilot. The show was originally pitched to the FX, who bought the script and passed a year later, due to it being "too girly", according to Jacobson. Comedy Central committed to the show in 2012 and the pilot was developed, with Aniello directing. For the first season, Jacobson and Glazer were paired with Tami Sagher, an experienced showrunner, with Downs, Aniello, and Chris Kelly completing the writing room. Downs and Aniello would also produce the show, with Downs appearing as Trey in the series.
After the first season, Glazer and Jacobson parted ways with Sagher and became the showrunners. The second season premiered on January 14, 2015, and was renewed for a third season ahead of the premiere.
Glazer and Jacobson decided to end the show after five seasons. Of their final season, Glazer said: "I feel like we've raised these kids, Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler, and we're sending them to college", Glazer says. "We didn't want to just go until it got canceled. We wanted to choose to end it so that it could end as strong as possible. We chose this ending to honor the characters." In their final season, Glazer and Jacobson open with an episode that unfolds like a long Instagram story. Throughout the season, the characters go to MoMA as well as drag brunch.
The show has received critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Metacritic noted that season 1 received "generally favorable reviews", giving it a score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 14 critics. Karen Valby from Entertainment Weekly described the show as a "deeply weird, weirdly sweet, and completely hilarious comedy". The Wall Street Journal referred to the show as "Sneak Attack Feminism". Critic Megan Angelo quotes Abbi Jacobson, main star of Comedy Central's Broad City: "If you watch one of our episodes, there's not a big message, but if you watch all of them, I think, they're empowering to women." The A.V. Club critic Caroline Framke wrote that Broad City was "worth watching" despite its "well-trod premise", and that the series is "remarkably self-possessed, even in its first episode." Critics have compared the show to Seinfeld, especially due to the characters' perceived lack of personal development as well as humor involving the minutae of daily life.
Season 1 of the show received a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, based on reviews from 23 critics, with the site's consensus stating, "From its talented producers to its clever writing and superb leads, Broad City boasts an uncommonly fine pedigree." The A.V. Club named Broad City the second best TV show of 2014, Slate named it the best show of the year, and Screen Rant named it the 5th best of the year. The Writers Guild Foundation listed the script for the first season finale "The Last Supper" as one of the best scripts of the 2010s, describing the show as "a benchmark for writing about buddies".
Season 2 received positive reviews, with Metacritic giving it a score of 89 out of 100, based on reviews from eight critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season a rating of 100%, based on reviews from 11 critics, with the site's consensus: "Led by two of the funniest women on TV, Broad City uses its stars' vibrant chemistry to lend an element of authenticity to the show's chaotic yet enlightening brand of comedy." Broad City again appeared on end-of-year lists for 2015, placing fifth on Time Out's list and second on Rolling Stone's list. Vox named it the 2nd funniest show on television and The Atlantic named "Wisdom Teeth" one of the best episodes of TV that year.
Season 3 received positive reviews as well, with Metacritic giving it a score of 87 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Ben Travers from Indiewire summarizes what he sees as the strengths of the first two episodes of season 3: "Each half-hour feels as free-wheeling and wild as Ilana so boldly is, but also as meticulously put-together as Abby [sic] strives to be ... the integration of its two creators attitudes into the core makeup of the series helps to illustrate how groundbreaking Broad City really is." In 2016, Broad City placed 18th in Complex's best shows of the year, 15th on Den of Geek's list, and 14th on Esquire's mid-year list.
Season 4 received positive reviews, with Metacritic giving it a score of 85 out of 100, based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a rating of 100%, based on reviews from 23 critics, with the site's consensus: "Pizza and weird are always in season for Abbi and Ilana in their fourth, wintery year of Broad City's weed-infused escapades." NME named Broad City the 20th-best TV show of the year for 2017.
Ilana calls her parents (who are on their way to meet the girls and Elliot at a play matinee to say goodbye as he leaves the city) and tells them all about the modeling gig. Her mother is incredibly excited. Even Ilana undersells the fact that she got into grad school.
In Broad City season 5, Abbi turned 30. Not only was it a milestone, but it was also a wake-up call since she hadn't achieved as much as she had hoped by that age. Abbi made a few changes to her life, but the biggest leap was applying to an artists' residency program in Colorado. She got in, but that meant leaving behind her best friend and the city that she grew to love. The pair depended on each other since the day they met, and the news crushed Ilana. In the end, she too took a big step by going back to school. As Abbi and Ilana lived across the country from each other, it closed the door on any type of continuation for the series - at least for now.
Jacobson and Glazer have been outspoken about the decision to end Broad City after season 5. They felt from the early stages of the show's development that it should solely focus on characters in their twenties. That coming-of-age point of view was very important in terms of storytelling. It made sense for the women to end the series when Abbi turned 30 with Ilana not far behind. The fresh-faced twenty-somethings had grown up, just as the women playing them, so they felt like it was time to let go.
Just because there won't be a Broad City season 6, it doesn't mean that Jacobson and Glazer are done working together. The duo remains very close friends and they have a number of projects lined up. Before Broad City came to an end, Jacobson and Glazer signed a joint deal to develop programs for Comedy Central and other networks. They will serve as executive producers on the upcoming animated comedy, Mall Town USA, as well as a series titled Young Professionals.
We finally have a premiere date for Broad City's fifth and final season. Mark your calendars, the bombastic sitcom starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson returns to Comedy Central Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10/9c.
Details about the upcoming season remain scare still, but you can expect a wild ride filled with zany comedy, lots of self-deprecating jokes and, of course, pot. The premiere will be followed by the new comedy The Other Two from former Saturday Night Liveco-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. That series series follows a brother and sister who must deal with growing jealous of their younger sibling's sudden internet fame while they struggle to advance in their own careers.
Fans of Broad City have had nearly a full year to come to terms with the idea that the scrappy little comedy created by and starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer would end its run with the conclusion of a fifth season. And yet, that still hasn't fully prepared us to say goodbye to their alter egos, Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler, with the series finale, airing Thursday, March 28 on Comedy Central.
As the pair explained during a Q&A with Comedy Central president Kent Alterman following that screening of the show's final three episodes, the decision was made as they got to work breaking stories for the fifth season, not prior. Of course, that meant they needed to let Alterman in on their plan. And so, Jacobson invited the exec to coffee to have "the talk." "I did it at Blue Bottle coffee," she whispered into her microphone. Luckily, he understood.
"That's not why we needed this to end," she conceded. "It was more like, the fourth season was bizarrely political, the process of it, and I think that's why the product turned out that way. Season 4 really took it out of me, from beginning to end, and stretched on for so long. We couldn't do another one after 5. Couldn't do it." 041b061a72