Broad City, created by Glazer and Jacobson, has been critically acclaimed since its debut in 2014, boasting a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its rabid fan base of young women have been overjoyed to see a hysterically flawed, possibly more honest look at being in your 20s in New York City after being shoveled cleaner (and super whiter) misrepresentations like HBO’s Girls. These main characters aren’t just your typically flawed characters. These millennials are women who fart, who smoke weed, who slack off, who make questionable sexual decisions. They’re not here just to get a guy. Four years ago, in my opinion, dawned the Age of the Gross Girl. And audiences have been eating it up!
The series truly entered the cultural discourse when it may have single-handedly brought back pegging—the act of a (typically) woman having (typically) anal intercourse on a man with a strap-on dildo. The moment went viral, spawning all sorts of think pieces and Google searches about the role-reversal sex act. In fact, there’s even a Broad City-branded ‘Pegasus Pegging Kit,’ complete with pink dildo and ample lube.
With Broad City exiting and historical reality TV parody Another Period’s future still up in the air, Comedy Central may be absent a female-led series for the first time in years.
The January 24 season premiere will serve as a lead-in for newcomer The Other Two starring Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke as brother and sister entertainers who have to cope with the emotional kick in the gut when their younger, 12-year-old brother becomes internet famous overnight.
The Age of the Gross Girl was an empowering era for the channel which had previously leaned into very male audiences with shows like South Park and Workaholics. Back in 2013, Inside Amy Schumer brought a new, excited female audience to the network, and they capitalized quickly by picking up Glazer and Jacobson’s web series (thanks to some help from Amy Poehler). One wonders if programming will shift away from this or if we will see a like-minded replacement in 2019.
Broad City was for every woman whose aunt asked, “How are you going to get a husband if you act like that?” We saw women curse, burp, be creepy, and fuck up in a way millennials can actually relate to. Because regardless of gender, we’re all just out here trying to pay rent while staying on our parents’ cell phone plan.
Check out the trailer for the final season of Broad City below. Let’s hope we finally meet Melody before it’s all said and done.