One of the great new shows to join the US “fall schedule” is 2 Broke Girls, a sitcom starring the crass and witty Kat Dennings and a new face (well to me) Beth Behrs. Written by Whitney Cummings, who was on Punk’d and is a Chelsea-Handler-esque comedian (who I kinda want to slap in the face, like Chelsea herself) and the very funny Michael Patrick King (Murphy Brown, Will & Grace, and of course Sex and the City), it has quite sassy, smart dialogue. Whitney has her own show, which believe me, I’ll get to, as it’s unbelievably bad (but I still watch it), but her best work is in the writing, which I feel comes through best as the very dry, very blunt Max.
Episode 1 of course set the scene, with Max working in a diner where cupcakes she bakes are also sold and Caroline, a Manhattan socialite who has fallen from grace after Daddy fiddled with the books. The juxtaposition of the two personalities works well, especially when Caroline doesn’t really know how to do, well, anything for herself, and gives a real Odd Couple feel. Caroline is sure that Max’s cupcakes could become big business, and projects the start-up costs to be $250,000.
Which brings me to one of the things I really like about the series so far: each episode ends with the figure that the girls have raised so far towards their business. Obviously in 2 episodes they haven’t pulled much together, but you want them to succeed. Everyone has been affected by the credit crunch, and the idea of pulling together money to fulfil your dreams is quintessentially American, and well, human.
I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes, but you should definitely check it out.