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It wouldn’t typically be one’s first instinct to compare characters from a pair of TV shows shepherded by two storytellers as tonally and intrinsically different as Michael Schur—of Parks and Recreation and The Office fame—and David Lynch—of Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet fame. But when it comes to the supernatural nature of Schur’s latest project, NBC’s breakout serialized sitcom The Good Place, there’s much more room for discussion. In the ever-evolving world of The...
Origin episodes are tough. They’re not only tasked with subverting cliches, but they fight for importance, fight to matter: you can only air an origin episode if the audience is invested enough in its characters to care. A devoted fan base, however, has never been a problem for Broad City; the show has inspired self-identification in many of its devout viewers. The first episode of Broad City’s fourth season, which gives us Abbi and...
A couple of years ago, as a graduate assistant at the University of California, Riverside, I assigned Samantha Irby’s “My Mother, My Daughter” as a mid-quarter palette cleanser to classrooms full of brown and black students who had been inundated with the words of old straight white men. Irby calls herself a “regular person”: she worked the same day job at an animal hospital for fourteen years until she landed a much-deserved book deal...
The mood among comedy lovers everywhere was universally lifted this morning, when Comedy Central released a video of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer announcing that Broad City will be returning to televisions everywhere this August. The pair, who both star in and write the show, let the fans know that it's coming. "Coming in hard," as Abbi says, before Ilana echoes her sentiment, "Coming in hard and raw," as Jacobson cracks up alongside her. It's a little bit...

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