List Headline Image
Updated by Kendra Brea Cooper on Feb 25, 2018
Headline for The Slacker Edge: 10 Reasons Why We LOVE Broad City
 REPORT
10 items   3 followers   1 votes   280 views

The Slacker Edge: 10 Reasons Why We LOVE Broad City

Broad City is the hilarious brain child of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. It's a raw comedy, unashamed of it's slacker loving, weed smoking qualities as it follows two girls trying to make it on a small income in the big city. But it does something more than just make us laugh, it speaks to an audience that can fully relate to meaningless jobs, annoying bureaucracy, and different opinions on what relationships should look like.
5

Girl Love

Girl Love
Ilana has a thing for Abbi. It seems like everyone knows that's how Ilana is, and she's just THAT open with her friends. Girl crushes are a beautiful thing, and this show doesn't draw hard boundaries-and that's great.
Abbi Jacobson
Abbi Jacobson (Born Feb 1, 1984) has a background in illustration, writing, and being a very funny lady. She met Glazer in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre while taking classes. The shows quality and the character's chemistry obviously stems from the history these two have together. She also has created some colouring books, how cool is that?
Ilana Glazer
I first came across Ilana Glazer (Born April, 12 1987) not on Broad City, but on her youtube show "Chronic Gamer Girl". She's not only funny, but totally relatable (same goes with Abbi). The show is a place for 20 somethings to go and not feel bad about the outcome of their lives, because it's ok to not have it all figured out.
Slack and Resistance to "work"
While Abbi tries really hard at work and gets no respect, Ilana already knows that trying is pointless. She finds ways out of doing her job, including sleeping with her eyes open. There are a lot of us who can relate to broken career dreams, the recession, and crap jobs. We often find creative ways to circumvent the rules and make the day go by faster. It's about taking our lives back from the dismal 9 to 5. Sometimes not putting in the effort when you know you aren't going to get much back is a resistance to the work system.
Weed Culture
NYU Local wrote a great article about how Broad City "reminds us that women also like weed". We often see the typical movies about guys smoking weed and doing funny stuff, but women are always left on the sidelines. The ignorance around weed is starting to dissolve as a real weed culture rises.
6

It's not about "getting the guy"

It's not about "getting the guy"
Even though Abbi has a love interest, and Ilana has no interest, the story still sticks to their friendship and their lives and doesn't revolve around getting a husband. It's refreshing to see story lines that question traditional relationships. Love and romance doesn't always fit into a box.
7

Gross Out Humor

Gross Out Humor
Nothing is off limits. It's the kind of humour you only share with your best friend. This is why Abbi and Ilana feel like your best friends too. Life is messy and we should embrace that.
8

Side-Stepping the System and Low Income Strategies

Side-Stepping the System and Low Income Strategies
Ilana and Abbi have to find extra money using-let's just say-unconventional methods. Some can relate, especially when you are underemployed, to finding ways to make extra money. Broad City makes it funny, but we've all probably been there.
9

Honesty

Honesty
Even though they smoke a lot of weed and seem to be in la la land most of the time, the show carries a lot of straight up honesty about life. It doesn't hold back on the realness in friendships, sexuality, and being young and broke. It rips apart constructs in romance, relationships, and even what it means to be "feminine".
10

Body Love

Body Love
The fashion is fearless. And by fearless I mean that they're comfortable in their bodies. Skin is shown in this show and it's empowering.