Broad City to end after its upcoming fifth season—but never fear, Abbi and Ilana fans

Nothing lasts forever, especially not basic-cable series about being young and broke and single in New York City. As Comedy Central announced today, Broad City is going the way of so many comedies (and dramedies) before it, and will end after its upcoming fifth season on the network. “Broad City has been our baby and…

Abbi Jacobson tells us about the glory of judging RuPaul’s Drag Race

After a disappointing season of All Stars, the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is off to a promising start thanks to an exhilarating premiere. There are plenty of things to be excited about in the new season, not least of which is the roster of guest judges, which includes Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V.…

Broad City celebrates friendship and solves a murder mystery all at once in its season four finale

Given that the season opens with the brilliantly told story of how Abbi and Ilana first met, their “Friendiversary” is a fitting way to cap off season four. Broad City never follows a traditional narrative structure, so “Friendiversary” isn’t an overt sequel to “Sliding Doors,” but its final scene, beautifully and…

Bedbugs, muggers, and unemployment plague Broad City, but at least Abbi and Ilana have each other

Broad City has consistently strong cold opens. “Bedbugs” opens with Abbi and Ilana driving around in the convertible Ilana got out of their trip to Florida earlier in the season. At first, they’re riding the high of having a car in New York...until it’s time to park. Anyone who has ever had to deal with street parking…

Ilana and Lincoln define their relationship with the help of food metaphors on Broad City

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s forays into directing this season have been an excellent evolution for both artists and for Broad City. Since the beginning, the show has been told in their voices, but there’s something perceptibly more authentic and specific about the episodes from this season that they’ve…

Broad City runs away from New York, finds trouble in “Florida”

Many shows this year have attempted to grapple with the Trump administration whether in broad or pointed strokes, and Broad City’s route has focused on the emotional and psychological effects of the 2016 election that feels specific both to the characters and to the show’s setting. Broad City doesn’t just reference…

On Broad City, Ilana can’t orgasm in Trump’s America

Ilana doesn’t often lie to Abbi, so when she does, you know it’s serious. In “Witches,” she acts weird for the first few scenes, rambling about clearly fake plans with her family as an excuse to disappear for a few hours. On top of the obvious lying, she also oddly makes a lot of references to orgasming. That’s not…

Brilliant guest performances from RuPaul and Shania Twain elevate Broad City 

At first, Broad City’s “Twaining Day” seems to be a grand display of stunt casting. The episode guest stars RuPaul, Wanda Sykes, Shania Twain, and a criminally underused Sandra Bernhard. The show certainly gets a lot of mileage out of making Shania Twain, “Canadian queen of country-pop,” say ridiculous lines, like…