Seven years ago, UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, like many creatives coming of age during the internet boom, started a web series. Broad City, a short-form, stoner slanted series that they wrote and starred in (as heightened versions of themselves), explored everything from yoga classes to waxing sessions against the ever-changing backdrop of New York City. In early 2014, the pair made the jump to Comedy Central, where they officially caught the eyes of the waiting mainstream with their mix of casual forward-thinking, female-driven comedy, and off-color sensibility.
The concept of Broad City is simple: in fact, it boasts what is arguably one of the most tired loglines in the book, following “two young people in New York City,” but there’s something about the show’s fully realized configuration. Whether it’s the believability of Abbi and Ilana’s friendship (who are not only the show’s co-writers but close friends in real life) or the accurate representation of the pandemonium of city life and social interaction, the humor is some of the freshest and blindingly hilarious on television today.
The series is currently entering its third season, teasing even more lovable mayhem than it’s already delivered, and if you’re not already watching, here are eight serious reasons to jump on the Broad City train right away.