• Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Broad City on Comedy Central

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    For pushing ultra-explicit dialogue more appropriate to a hard-core pornographic film over basic cable, the Wednesday, February 4th episode of Comedy Central’s Broad City (10:30 p.m. ET) deserves recognition for being the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.

    A television series about a pair of twentysomething promiscuous pothead “feminist” slackers who live in Manhattan does not appear to be one calculated to appeal to the vast majority of American viewers. But, following the entertainment industry’s narcissistic policies of today – “We only write what WE find interesting and care about, and the heck with the rest of the world!” – such a series has managed to shoehorn itself onto the Comedy Central basic cable network. Unfortunately, every cable and satellite subscriber in the country is forced to pay for Broad City, whether they like it, watch it, or have never even heard of it.

    But, some may say, the basic cable tier is both broad and deep, so why NOT a series that appeals even to a minority interest? (The fact that basic cable today contains little to appeal to the mass audience which doesn’t care about sex, graphic gore, or non-stop reruns of CSI is apparently not worth mentioning.)  This would be a fair argument…until such a program airs an episode that would be more at home on a hard-core pay-per-view channel than on a basic tier where everyone is forced to fund it.

    And that’s exactly what Comedy Central did with the episode titled “Knockoffs.” The episode picks up with Ilana and Abbi, the show’s sex-obsessed protagonists, having a typical conversation as they walk to meet Ilana’s mother.

    Ilana: “Ok, we have to go back to the fact that you are finally going to vagina-swallow Jeremy tonight. He also definitely doesn’t wear underwear. He’s got his junk rolling around in there all smelly and stuff.”

    Ilana complains about her mother.

    Ilana: “This bitch is always late.”

    Ilana’s mother Bobbi arrives.

    Bobbi: “I can’t believe you beat me here. This bitch is always late.”

    Abbi expresses her condolences that Bobbi’s mother has passed away.

    Bobbi: “Don’t cry for Granma Esther. That woman lived 92 full years. She played for the Rockford Peaches. She sang at the Cotton Club.”

    Ilana: “And she [bleeped f***ed] Little Richard!”

     

    Later, Abbi and Jeremy are making out on his bed, Abbi in her bra and Jeremy shirtless. Abbi suggests that they switch positions.

    Abbi “Do you mind if we switch? Mix it up a little bit?”

    Jeremy: “You sure?”

    Abbi: “Yeah. Why not, right?”

    Jeremy: “AWESOME!”

    Jeremy thrusts a strap-on dildo into her hands and bends over on the bed.

    Jeremy: “It’s a Shinjo. Right in the butt!”

    Abbi pauses in confusion.

    Jeremy: “Oh, my God. You just meant switch positions! I thought you were suggesting that we SWITCH!”

    Abbi: “Yeah. Um, it just caught me off-guard. I-I-I’m just…getting’ the feel…”

     

    Abbi ducks into the bathroom and phones Ilana for advice. (Because what else do you do during sex but phone your best friend?) Ilana responds with the following ultra-graphic dialogue:

    Ilana: “Cut or uncut?”

    Abbi: “Cut.”

    Ilana: “Ooh, elegant! And girth?”

    Abbi: “Listen, dude, I’m freaking the [bleeped f***] out right now! We were doin’ it, and I said we should switch positions. And then he throws me a strap-on!”

    Ilana puts the phone down and does a dance.

    Ilana: “This is a dream come true! Thank you for sharing this with me!”

    Abbi: “Dude, I’m calling for advice.”

    Ilana: “Oh, so ok, start lubing up the head.”

    Abbi: “I’m not even sure I’m gonna do it.”

    Ilana: “What is not to know? This is once in a lifetime!.…All throughout college, I slept with a strap-on on, just in case the opportunity came along that you have handed to you on a silver [bleeped f***ing] platter!”

    Abbi: “I dunno. I envisioned being with Jeremy in a lot of ways, but not this way.”

    Ilana: “We are going to my grandmother’s shiva. The reason why I’m, like, sitting and crying is because that badass bitch did everything she ever wanted to. Do you want to go to the grave dreaming about Jeremy’s hairy, adorable little butthole? Or do you want to die knowing that you brought him pleasure by plowing it like a queen?”

    Abbi: “I just don’t know, Ilana.”

    Ilana: “Bitch, you know.”

    A moment later, Abbi emerges from the bathroom. A camera shot from between her thighs shows the dildo dangling in front of her.

    Abbi: “Turn around.”

     

    The next day, Abbi puts the dildo in the dish washer and accidentally destroys it, then goes to a sex shop to buy another. A woman yells at the clerk: “Once again, these nipple clamps are not tight enough. They keep popping off.”

    Clerk: “Well, I’m sorry, ma’am. That’s as tight as they get.”

    Abbi approaches the clerk.

    Clerk: “You tried to wash a dildo in a dishwasher?”

    He holds up the dildo and examines it with a magnifying glass.

    Clerk: “Let’s get to work!”

    The viewer is then “treated” to an interminable sequence during which a wide variety of plastic phalluses are held up before the camera. After purchasing a replacement, Abbi hurries to the shiva, where a cantor sings a religious song – during which the two women discuss anal sex.

    Bobbi rummages through Abbi’s purse, finds the dildo, and waves the sex toy around. Ilana’s father asks what “pegging” is.

    Ilana: “Pegging is when a woman with a strap-on, with a dildo, penetrates a man.”

    Ilana’s father: “Oh, but wouldn’t that be more of a gay thing, Elliot?”

    Elliot: “No. I mean, how would I put a dildo on top of my dick? Straight men and gay men alike both enjoy prostate stimulation.”

    Ilana: “And it’s very popular with married couples.”

    Elliot: “Is it?”

    Ilana: “Probably.”

    Bobbi: “We were at the Miller’s once, and it turned out it was a swingers party. Yeah, but we didn’t have sex with anybody, just, you know, but we stayed ’cause the food was incredible…But Abbi, good for you for trying something new! That is terrific!”

    Abbi: “I can’t really believe we’re talking about it.”

     

     

    You’re not the only one, Abbi. As recently as ten years ago, such unbelievably graphic dialogue would’ve been unthinkable, even on a basic cable channel. But not today. Now, in the current “enlightened” age, anything goes – except maybe TV shows that non-sex-obsessed people can enjoy.

    Those who disagree with the PTC often join sheep-like in bleating the refrain, “Just change the channel.” But this completely misses the point. The point is: even if you DO change the channel, you’re still being forced to pay for pornography. And, in a cable universe numbering literally hundreds of channels, why is there so little for people who don’t enjoy pornography to watch?

    There is absolutely no reason that subscribers to cable and satellite TV should be forced to subsidize Broad City’s content…just as there is absolutely no reason Comedy Central should be showing it. Is this sort of thing REALLY the best “comedy” a network entirely devoted to comedy can come up with? In this wide, amazing, varied world, isn’t there ANYTHING other than strap-ons and anal sex that is funny?

    In the creatively bankrupt world that is today’s so-called “entertainment” industry, apparently not. And standing as Exhibit “A” in testimony of that bankruptcy, Comedy Central’s Broad City is hereby named the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    55 Responses to Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Broad City on Comedy Central

    1. sue foltz
      February 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      THE TV show Broad City is filthy and not in anyway beneficial…just trash. I’m sorry to see Carl Jr’s name associated with such filth, as that makes me think of your restaurant in the same light. I hope you will find family friendly shows to sponsor, I won’t eat with you unless you stop sponsoring trash.

      • Cookie Lipschitz
        March 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

        I find it hysterically funny that you spent so much time writing down such large sections of dialogue, verbatim. By doing so, you’re making yourself look like a child who can’t contain his prurient interest while still trying to please his parents by agreeing that this show is just too naughty for him to see.

      • pointing out the obvious
        April 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        Have you seen the advertising for Carl’s Jr? Oiled up, close to naked women having sexual experiences from hamburgers. Please girl, don’t be ignorant.

    2. Momo
      February 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      This blog post is ridiculous. First of all I doubt this show had to “shoehorn itself” into Comedy Central. How family-friendly do you think that channel is? Have you seen Drawn Together? Which, by the way, was on CC “as recently as ten years ago” back in ’04.

      But more importantly, it’s my understanding that this website is supposed to be in part about destroying harmful female stereotypes, which is why I’m confused by your reasoning here. Amy Poehler’s intentions in writing this show are the literal opposite of describing women as sexual objects for men, and instead are about empowering them to take control of their own sexuality, something both positive and rarely seen in the media today. Showing women only as purified, sexless princesses all the time on TV can be as sexist and harmful as portraying them as sex objects. Your use of the word “promiscuous” as a practically derogatory term tells me your views on female sexuality are highly antiquated. Like, why did you put “feminist” in quotes like it’s a dirty word?

      Stop worrying so much about the fact that one penny of your monthly TV bill goes towards a show you didn’t find funny. Mine pays for trashy reality TV shows I don’t like, but I’m not about to boycott Carl’s Jr. If you’re worried about protecting your children from “crude” television, the parental guidelines system exists for exactly that purpose. Broad City is not a show intended for children (nothing on CC is, really) and the guidelines put in place by the FCC support that fact.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        June 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

        Momo,

        I’m sorry to say I do remember Drawn Together — one of the most vile, bigoted programs ever to air on Comedy Central (and that’s saying something). You have a point in that CC is consistently NOT family-friendly…but then, why do families have to pay for it?

        On your second point: the portrayal of women isn’t a yes/no, black/white, good/evil proposition, as you seem to feel. One needn’t advocate “showing women only as purified, sexless princesses” (as indeed, the PTC doesn’t), to say that we also don’t need to see them spewing endless curses and spending 20 minutes describing the intricacies of anal sex in excruciating detail.

        How, exactly, is it “empowering” women to show them as vile, trash-talking harpies and lazy, worthless employees? Isn’t that actually the OPPOSITE of empowerment?

        For a good read on this subject, I recommend Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, in which Levy essentially says, “Classic feminism said that women should be respected and treated like equals. Today’s so-called ‘feminism’ says, ‘Women can be sexist pigs and degrade other women — just like men do!’ ”

        Finally, maybe you’re okay with being forced to support garbage. Millions of people aren’t…and they’re the people we’re trying to empower.

        Best,
        Christopher

      • Sof
        March 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        Woohoo! Broad city for life man! Thank u! This show is all about female empowerment!!!

    3. Dan M
      March 4, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Christoher Gildemeister is an a**backward pathetic excuse for a writer, who is so unfortunate that he’s left to fill content in an unseen forum such as this site. Such a sad man deserves some pity and he is about to get some. Bless your heart Chris, because your sad existence only fosters the growth of free thinking and more “inappropriate” content. So go on chris, keep “fighting the good fight!” Moron ;P

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        March 5, 2015 at 8:09 am

        If what you say is true, why do you waste your time on an “unseen” site responding to a “pathetic excuse for a writer” who is a “moron”?

        If the PTC didn’t have a valid point, you’d just click away and forget all about us. Yet, you took the time to write three separate comments (only one of which we’ve posted)…because somewhere, deep inside, you know we’re right.

        The truth is like a seed, caught between your back teeth. It’s irritating, and it’s painful, and you hate it, but you can’t help coming back to it again and again.

    4. Dont worry about it
      March 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

      I’m struggling to understand what you get out of this. there are many shows that are offensive on TV and it doesn’t make you any better than a bully to go around and picking on them. Acting is an art form, if I was as critical as you I can say that there are a lot of books in your public library that are offensive to me. I get it, the show is not for everyone but the truth is that people do talk like this A LOT…A LOT! It is this kind of taboo that we put on sexuality that makes it attractive to the youth and we need to stop this behavior in order to be more knowledgeable and satisfied human beings. This show is playing late at night and if your kids are sitting around the tv this time then you shouldn’t be going around criticizing art when you should be learning to be a better parent by putting your kid to bed and turning off the tv!

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        March 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

        As we’ve said numerous times, if people want to watch adult content, that is their right; but why should everyone who subscribes to cable and satellite (some who do so only to get Disney Channel for their children) be forced to PAY for it?

        Your statement that “the taboo we put on sexuality makes it more attractive to youth,” and that therefore we should let them watch whatever they want, is also a dubious proposition. Our society also “puts a taboo” on drug use. Doesn’t that also “make it more attractive to youth?” Would allowing middle-school students to shoot up heroin make them “more knowledgeable and satisfied human beings?”

        Of course not. In the same way that the law requires that tobacco and liquor not be sold to minors, so it is legitimate to require those who show adult-themed programming prevent children from seeing it.

        • Alex C
          April 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

          Your logic is very flawed. When you have a cable subscription, you pay for every channel regardless of what you watch. Why is a subscriber forced to pay for Christian programming or family tv if that’s not what they watch? Just because you don’t like something, it doesn’t mean it should go away. The world does not revolve around you or your desire to shield your children from reality because it makes you uncomfortable. You should be having frank, informative discussions with them about things like this so they can develop healthy attitudes and understand safe sexual practices and things like that. Hiding the world from them makes you a bad parent, not a good one.

          Second, watching television via a cable subscription is going the way of the dinosaurs. Most people under 30 don’t even have a cable subscription, just internet. So if you don’t want to pay for comedy central, DON’T. You can watch most shows legally online these days.

          • Christopher Gildemeister
            April 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm

            Analogy fail. A parent having “frank, informative discussions” with their children about sex is not the same thing as paying for half-hour program featuring graphic discussions of anal sex practices.

            No, the world doesn’t “revolve around me.” Neither does it revolve around foul-mouthed New Yorkers who like to discuss anal sex. Yet somehow, that’s what makes it on TV. Why not a little more equal representation?

            I could also argue with your apparent belief that family-friendly Christian programming does NOT equal “reality,” but Broad City does. Maybe you need to get out of your comfortable little box and challenge your own assumptions.

    5. Vic
      March 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      So spot on. By far the most repulsive show I’ve ever seen..it made me embarrassed to be a woman. And I consider myself to be a feminist and pretty open-minded (as they claim to be), but their behavior is honestly disgusting..not beneficial in any way to be watching..I don’t know if I laughed for real once.

    6. Brian
      March 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      I don’t know why I’m even trying to respond to your illogical arguments, but:

      - Anyone who pays for cable pays for things they don’t want. I HATE sports, but I still pay for it. I’m okay with this bc I understand that the universe doesn’t revolve around me and what I want to see.

      - Guess what, most of the country lives in about 7 major US cities. There are more people in the NYC area (10+ million) than your entire region of the country. Any 20-30-something in any major metropolitan area can relate to this show, your disdain aside.

      - Remember, someone has to want to watch every show. What exactly are you doing that so interesting that someone would want to watch a show about your thoroughly dull and un-pornograpic life?

      • Brian
        March 28, 2015 at 12:53 pm

        To elaborate on my first point, there are shows I think are racist, homophobic, sexist, horrible, etc…but they all get to exist because cable doesn’t exist for me alone. In a way, this entire site is here because a group of selfish, self-righteous individuals think that TV exists only for them and what they want to see (or what they want their children to see.)

        THE UNIVERSE DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU, YOUR WANTS, OR YOUR CHILDREN, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU’RE MORALLY SUPERIOR TO EVERYONE ELSE.

        • Christopher Gildemeister
          March 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

          One who is perfectly happy not only to allow, but even to pay for, “racist, homophobic, sexist, horrible” even though they personally despise it and think it’s wrong, is making “illogical” into an art form. This grossly distorted and absurd extreme of “tolerance” shows no concern for the influence of such programming on society. What’s next? Snuff films? How about a child pornography channel? Shouldn’t viewers have to pay for those, too? After all, they would only exist “because the universe doesn’t exist around me and what I want to see.”

          It is also illogical to assume that, because the population is greater in metropolitan areas, everyone should have to support what the population there likes. “Cable doesn’t revolve around me” – unless you’re a 20-something living in Manhattan. Apparently, then the entire world must revolve around you, and must cater to (and pay for) your preferred programming. (It’s also highly unlikely that every single 20-30-something in a major metropolitan area automatically has identical tastes and “can relate to this show.” See Vic’s comment elsewhere on this thread for at least one person who doesn’t.

          Finally, it’s very interesting that you believe that anyone whose life is “un-pornographic” must automatically be “dull,” and that anyone with different ideas is “selfish” and “self-righteous.” That doesn’t seem very tolerant of you.

          • Amy
            June 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm

            Just curious…

            why have cable?

            I don’t have cable. I have Netflix and Hulu, but no cable. Growing up, my parents didn’t want me to watch TV, so we simply didn’t have anything but the basic stations that came over the antenna. That was not that long ago, just the 80′s and 90′s. They wanted me to watch shows they approved of, so they rented TV shows we could all watch as a family. You absolutely do not need to pay for anything you do not approve of.

            That being said, when you pay for cable, you pay for your cable provider. The money does not go to the shows or the networks themselves. They make money off of ad revenue. You can absolutely speak as a consumer and stop shopping at places that advertise with shows you dislike. Although, as was previously noted, there are fewer people who do not like shows like this than who do, so your impact would be minimal. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. I do not believe in animal testing and I very carefully only choose to purchase organic, animal testing/cruelty free products. I haven’t made Revlon go out of business because I don’t buy makeup from them, but I feel good about my choices.

            Finally, and most importantly, I am curious about what would possess a person to watch the show so *carefully* that you can quote it. Or why anyone would want to read those quotes. I skimmed that part. It seemed unnecessary and weird to me. It felt the same as if you had re-capped actual pornography…as though you wanted people who were too afraid to watch the actual show to still get the sexual gratification from reading about it.

            I think you may want to re-think your motives because your re-cap was literally as disgusting as watching the show and I will not be reading anything you write again, as you simply seem to be in line with the filth you claim to despise.

            • Christopher Gildemeister
              June 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

              Hi Amy,

              Responses to your points:

              – Yes, once upon a time you could watch prime-time broadcast (antenna) TV and be assured of a family-friendly experience. No longer. In fact, many parents today find that, in order to have anything appropriate for children, they have to subscribe to cable to get networks like INSP, Hallmark Channel, Disney Channel, and so forth. And, today, many parents are switching to Netflix or Hulu, where they have a much wider range of programs available than are present on cable. But most people haven’t made the switch yet.

              – In fact, you DO pay for programming with your cable or satellite subscription. While your local cable company keeps a small portion of the bill, most of it goes to the various networks. Every network gets a piece of the monthly bill. Something like Home and Garden TV gets a few cents, while ESPN gets close to $5 from each bill — even from people who never watch it and don’t like sports. And even getting a few cents, from hundreds of millions of cable subscribers, adds up fast. The networks get this revenue, IN ADDITION TO whatever they charge advertisers for showing commercials. This is why six of the top 10 highest-paid people in America run entertainment networks. (David Zaslav, head of Discovery Communications, was paid $156 million last year. The other network heads weren’t far behind.)

              – As I stated in a reply to another commenter, the reason we so carefully document the content of offensive programs is so that those who dislike us can’t dismiss our arguments with, “They’re exaggerating.” We believe people should be able to read for themselves what they’re being forced to pay for on cable or satellite, or what’s going out over the airwaves they own, without having to watch the program. This is part of our educational efforts. If everyone realized what’s actually out there, that their kids may not be watching but other people’s kids are, then the American people might demand greater responsibility from the entertainment industry that makes billions of dollars by corrupting our children…and our culture.

              – Christopher

    7. Rusty Shackelford
      April 10, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Wow, just wow. There are so many double-standards here. If the main characters in this show were male I bet you wouldn’t be throwing such a fit. And calling the girls in this show “sex-obsessed” is a little bit a of a stretch. How many shows on TV show male characters who constantly talk about sex? (Barney from How I Met Your Mother)

      This show has such a fresh take on comedy. The comedy is subtle, layered, and in your face all at the same time. You have clearly not taken any time to watch any of the other episodes. While sex does come up in many of the episodes the show is never just about sex. I am so happy that in a time where reruns of terrible shows like the Big Bang Theory and Mike and Molly are plaguing TV there are people out there willing to take risks and make outstanding comedy.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        In fact, we disagree with and dislike shows in which men also discuss graphic sexual content. See our complaints about Family Guy, as well as our dislike of Two and a Half Men.

        We’ll also have to disagree on what constitutes “outstanding comedy.” I’m no fan of Chuck Lorre’s oeuvre (The Big Bang Theory and Mike and Molly included); but I’m having a difficult time seeing Broad City‘s lengthy discourse on anal sex as substantially different from the content on an average episode of, say, 2 Broke Girls.

    8. Catherine
      April 12, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Pornography is graphic, gratuitous sex and the only reason for watching it is to get sexually aroused to engage in or fantasize about sex. Broad City, on the other hand, strives to make people laugh, with the side benefit of making people uncomfortable, and pushing the boundaries of social propriety. Through sites such as yours here, it’s created a platform for dialogue between a demographic of people not likely to mingle otherwise. It’s the same thing done by many, many successful comedic shows and standup comics.
      I don’t deride your opinions about Broad City but with freedom of self-expression also comes a responsibility to use it with accuracy. Broad City is raunchy and offensive but it is not pornography nor pornographic, therefore your outrage at being a cable subscriber who pays for porn is unfounded.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        Catherine,

        We’ll have to agree to disagree, particularly about the definition of “pornography,” as well as on the alleged “benefit” of “making people uncomfortable and pushing the boundaries of social propriety.” I don’t see the latter as automatically a good thing. “Pushing the boundaries” CAN be good on occasion, but not every boundary is bad, or needs to be pushed. Entertainment is also capable of inspiring and elevating society and culture. Sadly, we’re getting precious little of that from entertainment lately…particularly on Broad City.

        That said, thank you very much for your thoughtful and articulate disagreement.

        Respectfully,
        Christopher Gildemeister

    9. nate
      May 1, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Dear editor,
      You clearly dont understand todays younger generation (20′s-30′s). The definition of pornography implies that there is intent to achieve sexual arousal. The scene you described was intended to be comical, not sexually arousing. Also, just as someone said above, cable has gone the way of the way of the dinosaurs. If you dont want to watch it then dont watch it. If you dont want your kids to watch shows like this, then dont let them. Any person who pays for a cable subscription pays for channels and shows that they dont want…thats part of life sir. The girls that created Broad City are extremely funny comedians performing a lot of improv, which takes true talent. They are backed by Amy Poehler, another great female comedian. These women are true feminist and have taken a very avant garde approach to comedy using foundations laid by other great improv comedians such as Larry David. The reason this show is on late at night is so less children can have access to it. It is the parents job to monitor what their kids are seeing on television and the internet. So what if they showed a dildo on tv. Anyone over 18 can walk into a store and buy one. People have anal sex. People have been having anal sex since the beginning of time. Whether someone is gay, straight, bisexual or whatever, it’s everyones right to choose whom they wanna have sex with and how they wanna do it. Its not going to stop, so either deal with it and educate your kids, or they’ll find out about it somewhere else. If youre going to have a site dedicated to slamming everything that you think is smut on tv, then cancel your cable subscription and read a book.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        June 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

        Nate,

        Sorry, but I doubt that all 20-to-30 year olds today would find Broad City hilarious. In fact, I know many who don’t.

        I do agree though that Broad City has the exact opposite result to “achieving sexual arousal.” Unfortunately, it’s not funny, either. Has the entertainment industry become so out-of-touch that they really think a 20 minute diatribe about anal sex constitutes humor? Apparently so.

        You may shrug and say “that’s part of life” and just accept unjust conditions. That doesn’t mean everyone has to.

        Finally, I’m not trying to stop people from having whatever kind of sex they’re going to have, as you claim I am. I am saying I shouldn’t have to pay to hear about it. And your saying, “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Go read a book,” is no different than my saying, “If you don’t like my blog, don’t read it. Go do something else.”

        They have a right to make Broad City. I have a right to object to it. That’s America.

    10. Chris
      May 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      I really don’t get the point of this post. It’s an episode about pegging, sexually unconvential but far from just crass pornography, it was a funny way to introduce viewers to a subculture many might not have heard about. Sexuality is a healthy part of life and it is merely our discomfort that pushes it to be seen as deviant. If you outraged by the fact cable subscriptions support it, can I also be outraged that The 700 Club is still carried by providers despite the utterly perverse and hateful things that Pat Robertson has said? What about the NFL with it’s cheating, domestic abuse, and myriad of scandals? Of course not.

      I abhor The Big Bang Theory but I’m not out there calling for a boycott of their advertisers. That’s petty.

      Broad City is meant for adults. I find it funny, others might not. You can comment on it, dislike it, but as soon as you start seeking censorship you have crossed a line.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        May 11, 2015 at 10:02 am

        How is it “censorship,” exactly, to say that I shouldn’t be forced to pay for something I never use?

        If you choose not to buy pornography, are you guilty of “censorship?” Of course not. But if your local store told you, “To get your copy of Reader’s Digest, you have to pay for Hustler, too,” wouldn’t you think that’s unfair? That’s all we’re saying.

        As for the rest…it’s possible to have a sophisticated sense of humor without reveling in someone else describing anal sex in detail. In fact, if the humor was REALLY clever and sophisticated, they wouldn’t have to resort to the shock tactic of talking about sex. They might actually be able to find humor in the approximately 800 trillion things in life that DON’T involve sex.

    11. AJ
      May 11, 2015 at 12:35 am

      you people need lives.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        May 11, 2015 at 9:54 am

        We have lives.

        We just want them to be better, with more quality TV.

        • Jamie
          June 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

          I think your mistake is equating TV with quality.

          Please back away from the TV in general and read books, watch films, go see a play, the ballet, or the opera. Get out of your house and go to an art museum or even to the park. If you are depending on TV for anything artistic or quality, then that is your mistake. And to spend time rallying against it seems like a strange use of ones time. In fact, this whole site seems odd, in that if you really loved your children, you would be engaging with them and not even have a TV in the house.

    12. Will
      May 11, 2015 at 2:58 am

      No matter who you are, roughly 90% of what you’re paying for on TV isn’t going to appeal to you. As Monty Python used to begin each episode of flying circus saying, if you don’t like it then don’t watch. If you don’t want to pay for it, complain to your local service provider.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        May 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

        The problem, Will, is that the entertainment cartel as a whole forces the “local service providers” to carry things in bundles. Local cable companies are between a rock and a hard place. When in contract negotiations, Viacom can very easily say, “You don’t want to carry Comedy Central? Well, then, you don’t get Nickelodeon, either.”

        Allowing people to purchase only the programs they want is the wave of the future. That’s how Nextflix and Amazon Prime do it. We just think cable subscribers should get the same deal.

    13. Adam
      May 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

      This website is for informing parents about what not to show their kids on TV. I get that. Broad City is 100% not a good idea for children to watch. That is objectively true. However, where I have to disagree with you is when you bring your own opinions into the mix. It’s not fair, nor is it relevant, to mention your distaste for the humor in the show. Comedy is always evolving and it is absolutely subjective. What I find funny you may likely not. A lot of people do find strap-ons and anal sex funny because it’s something that hasn’t been explored in comedies on television much. It’s a fresh idea. I get that it could be off putting to you. And I get that you need to write about this show on this website. But I think insulting the show and the network is completely unnecessary. Please, in the future, try to report things as you see them and leave your opinion out of it. As I mentioned, this website is for parents to see what not to show their kids. That’s all it needs to be. I think your duty should be to report things as you see them, objectively, and have respect for people that do find the show to be funny. Because do you really want to be a person that bullies someone for having a different opinion? Is that an ideal you want to instill in YOUR children?

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        June 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

        Adam,

        “Report things as you see them, but leave your opinion out of it.”

        Huh?

        What I do is no different than what any TV critic, whether for Variety or The Washington Post or Salon or Rotten Tomatoes does. I give my opinion, in what I hope is an entertaining and well-written fashion. That I disagree with most other critics on what constitutes quality programming can be put down to the fact that I am (as the PTC is) actually concerned about the effect such programming may have on our children and our culture…unlike those “critics” who gush over the latest cannibalistic serial killer or child-molester-and-fart-joke cartoon or zombie apocalypse series du jour.

        I am no more “bullying people for having a different opinion” than did Pauline Kael or Roger Ebert. I am stating my opinion, which you are free to accept, object to, or dismiss out of hand. But I see no reason I shouldn’t call a program “vile trash,” if in fact I think that’s what it is.

        Best,
        Christopher Gildemeister

        • Adam
          June 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

          I suppose I misinterpreted the purpose of this website and your occupation. I thought the purpose was to warn parents about what TV shows are inappropriate. I didn’t realize you considered yourself a “critic.”

          • Christopher Gildemeister
            June 11, 2015 at 9:02 am

            No, you didn’t. The purpose of the PTC is indeed to warn parents (and others) about what TV shows are inappropriate. But your sneer quotes to the contrary, I’m as legitimate a “critic” as anyone — unless you subscribe to the outmoded idea that somehow, only those who work for a print newspaper or magazine are endowed with the magical power of media criticism.

    14. Charles Maxwell
      May 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      “..pair of twentysomething promiscuous pothead feminist slackers who live in Manhattan”

      Thats a lot of euphemisms for “Jew”. Notice its the first thing you mention in your review.

      Regarding demographics, I’m a male Indian living on another continent and I find Broad City more humane and relatable than 95% of US or local television shows.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        May 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

        Charles,

        So you believe that all promiscuous pothead feminist slackers who live in Manhattan MUST, by definition, be Jews?

        I never said that. I didn’t mean that. I didn’t even think that. If you read the entire review, you’ll notice I didn’t use the word “Jew” anywhere. That’s because neither character was obviously Jewish, at least to me. In fact, I only realized one of the characters was Jewish when she attended the shiva. I was pointing out their unsavory BEHAVIOR, not their ethnic origins. Or are you going to claim that all women who use sex toys and engage in anal sex must be Jewish, too?

        I’m sorry you’re a bigot. But don’t project your anti-Semitism on me, or on the PTC.

        Christopher Gildemeister

        • Ester Flaminghomo
          June 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

          Christopher,

          I feel like you’re skating pretty close to the insulting line that your own site has put off limits. If you had actually watched the show rather than just dismissing it as trash you would have realized one of the characters was Jewish pretty early on since they make reference to that fact relatively often. Charles never once implied anything about his views concerning Judaism, he merely questioned your views.

          Besides which, I think it’s more than a little hypocritical for you to be calling anyone else a bigot considering how you look down upon those of us who find Broad City to be an interesting comedy. Do you even know what the definition of a bigot is, or do you just assume it means whatever you want it to mean?

          Charles is right on the money when he says Broad City is one of the most relatable shows on television at the moment, since it deals with real issues that many New Yorkers are facing especially those in younger generations. Perhaps if you don’t find the show relatable, you should follow Jamie’s (from above) advice and read more books and watch less television?

          Worst,
          Ester Flaminghomo -_^

          • Christopher Gildemeister
            June 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

            Ester,

            I challenge you, and everyone else who is posting comments, to actually READ my original post carefully.

            The extensive and exact quotation of dialogue, I think, demonstrates that I “actually watched the show.” Nowhere did I call it “trash.” And it was not obvious the characters were Jewish (at least, not to me), until one attended the shiva.

            Charles is the one who assumed that I was anti-Semitic, when I was only discussing the characters’ actions, and said nothing about their ethnicity. I simply called him out on his own racist assumptions (or, more precisely, his assumption that I was being racist, when in fact he was.)

            Nowhere in the original post did I “look down on” those who find Broad City interesting or entertaining. The closest I came was in saying that it was a niche program, and that its protagonists are not necessarily relatable to the vast majority of Americans who don’t live in Manhattan. That’s not an insult, that’s simply a statement…one I think is logically defensible. Young New Yorkers may find Broad City relatable. Millions upon millions of their fellow citizens wouldn’t.

            I’m doubtful that the “real issues” the “younger generation” of New Yorkers are facing are best represented by a graphic half-hour discussion of anal sex. And rather than demanding that everyone — even people who never watch the program — be forced to subsidize it. Maybe Broad City fans should also try being more open to other perspectives.

            Finally, I do know what bigots are. Usually, they’re people who form opinions and argue based on stereotypes and preconceived notions they have of others, without bothering to familiarize themselves with what other people actually say, think, or believe. You may know the type.

            Best,
            Christopher

    15. Dennis Allen
      June 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

      I tend to take a different point of view from the author of this post, but I don’t bear him any ill will (as some of the other commenters seem to do here.) I suspect, however, that typing out salacious dialogue from Broad City’s fast-paced conversations (which inevitably requires much careful re-watching of each scene) is how the author gets his kicks. Christopher Gildemeister, no one who doesn’t enjoy the sexed-up escapades of Abby and Ilana would detail them with such a caring touch as you do here.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        June 8, 2015 at 8:57 am

        Dennis,

        That’s like saying, “No one who doesn’t enjoy the prospect of millions of Jews being murdered would go to all the trouble of carefully documenting their deaths and building a Holocaust Museum.”

        Be assured, I do NOT enjoy watching this rubbish. But I (and the PTC in general) take the time to carefully and precisely document what is said, so that our opponents can’t simply dismiss us with, “They just hate this show, but they can’t PROVE it’s as bad as they say.”

        We want readers to be able to see for themselves EXACTLY what they are being forced to pay for with their cable or satellite subscription — or, in the case of over-the-air TV, what is being broadcast over the airwaves that are owned by the people themselves, not the networks.

        I will confess that I do get some “kicks” out of skewering sick, perverted programming, much as one might take a bit of pleasure in mocking bigots or saying bad things about child molesters. But I regard actually watching and documenting the show’s dialogue as the least enjoyable part of the process…a necessary evil to make my point, but an extremely tiresome one.

        So you see, I take a different point of view than you do, but I don’t bear you any ill will, either. Thanks for your polite and insightful comment.

        Best regards,
        Christopher Gildemeister

    16. Ivy
      June 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Sex is not dirty or shameful and as a culture we take human sexuality far too seriously. Should a five year old watch Broad City? Probably not, but a five-year-old should not be watching TV (they should play outside and read books). Growing up with archaic and patriarchal standards such as yours produced female “idols” in pop culture that perpetuated debilitating body image and self-worth issues in many young women. We were all told to be as thing, white, young and SEXY as Britney Spears, but ALSO to be simultaneously unaware and totally responsible for that sexuality. LOOK sexy but don’t act like you want IT, and certainly not like you ever HAVE SEX. If you have sex, like the Sex and the City girls, you better be a VERY SERIOUS BUSINESSWOMAN bc it’s a dangerous and mysterious thing. Did the preceding sentences just confuse you? Good, bc it sure confused me growing up. The fact of the matter is that we are sexual people and pretending we are not bc it isn’t “nice” or “decent” causes more harm than good. Sex isn’t dirty, sex isn’t mysterious–it’s a normal human need like eating. It can also be very funny. I applaud what these women are doing because they are presenting themselves as two normal girls who (live in Brooklyn btw) are comfortable with themselves and their needs. Brava!

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        June 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

        Ivy,

        I’m not quite clear how saying that I shouldn’t be forced to pay for women waving dildos around, just so my kids can watch the Disney Channel, makes me “archaic and patriarchal.”

        As so often seems to be the case with our commenters, you appear to be making an awful lot of assumptions about my personal, and the PTC’s organizational, beliefs, when all I’ve really said is that I shouldn’t have to pay for explicit content.

        I’m talking about Broad City. You’re talking about patriarchy and body image and self-worth issues. And, somehow, you believe that I’m saying that all women must be young, white, sexy, and identical to Britney Spears. I’m not sure where you’re getting all that, just because I don’t appreciate being forced to pay for extended dialogue about anal sex.

        Let me assure you: I do not think, nor does the PTC, that everyone should be white, or young, or even sexy (though “sexy” has far more to do with attitude than appearance, and everyone is capable of being sexy to someone).

        And as someone whose job required him to watch every episode of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, I DEFINITELY don’t think everyone should be like Britney Spears. In fact, I’m not sure ANYONE should be like Britney Spears, these days…even Britney.

        You are definitely correct about the mixed messages that media sends to women and girls. That’s why the PTC started our 4 Every Girl project: to urge the entertainment industry to present more nuanced and respectful representations of women and girls in media.

        Finally, I agree that sex can be normal and beautiful and funny. But what’s appropriate for a personal conversation between individuals is not necessarily so for a TV program — particularly one that every cable and satellite subscriber in America is forced to fund, whether they want to or not.

        Thanks for your comment.
        – Christopher

    17. James Sheather
      June 17, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      First of all, you are not paying for the show but for the cable service itself. The show is paid for by advertising, and it’s ratings dictate the amount advertisers are willing to pay. If you don’t want to watch it then simply don’t, you aren’t contributing to the shows ‘bottom line’ just by having cable. I don’t know how you can write for a TV blog and not understand that. More importantly, it shouldn’t be the cable providers job to decide what is and is not appropriate for your children to see on television – that is clearly the parents job. So how about just watching TV with your kids, or selecting appropriate programs for them yourself instead of arguing that TV should be censored to suit your particular sensibilities.

      I, along with around half to three quarters of a million people, tune in regularly to watch the show because we think it is very funny and worth watching – we are the people the show is geared towards. No one has ever suggested the show is for children in general.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        June 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        James,

        I’m sorry to be blunt, but you are quite simply wrong about the way pay-TV works. See my reply to Amy below for more details; but basically, every network in your bundle gets a slice of your monthly bill. Some get more, some get less…but, unless we’re talking about premium networks like HBO or a pay-per-view special, you’re paying for all of it.

        We’re not advocating censorship; we’re just asking why we should be forced to pay for programming we never watch, don’t want, and find offensive. If there were a Ku Klux Klan channel on basic cable, wouldn’t you be outraged at having to pay for that? I daresay you might even go so far as to say it shouldn’t exist at all. That wouldn’t be “censorship”; that would be you expressing your opinion. And if your cable provider took such a channel off, that wouldn’t be “censorship,” either; it would be a private corporation responding to consumer demand. (And by the way, half a million people isn’t a huge viewership, given there are over 100 million pay-TV subscribers in America. Why should everyone have to pay for something that less than one-half of one percent watch?)

        It really does seem as though many people think, “If I object to something you like, that’s my enlightened opinion. But if YOU object to something *I* like, that’s CENSORSHIP!” It’s not. It’s a difference of opinion, that’s all. You can take action in support of your opinion, just as I can with mine.

        If you find two women prattling about anal sex entertaining, you’re free to watch such a show. But I shouldn’t be forced to pay for it if I don’t even watch it.

        • Kevin
          February 8, 2016 at 4:23 am

          Then why do I pay for the 700 Club?

    18. lorena washing
      August 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

      this show is so controversial in any form. i guess it differs in what your beliefs and principles in life are.

      • trinalynne star
        August 20, 2015 at 12:58 am

        i totally get you!

        • deancoble124
          August 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm

          crazy world yeah?!

    19. Jane
      November 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Wow get a life. If you don’t like it don’t watch it. It’s that simple.

    20. Justin
      January 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      Haha, Broad City is one of the most well written shows on television today. You guys need to lighten up and enjoy life a little. Wow.

    21. Scott
      January 25, 2016 at 5:03 am

      I do not believe this show is, in anyway, pornographic in nature. I consider myself to be conservative in my views, and I do believe certain sexual situations should not be on t.v. But IMO, this show is not crossing that line. So the lead characters talk about sex? Other shows not considered pornographic, show FAR more than this comedy does. Game of Thrones has a scene where a brother is having sex with his sister in a tower. Then a young boy, peaking in a window, sees the act. But G.O.Thrones is the #1 cable show. Sorry but if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

    22. DSM
      February 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      This show is great. It’s sassy, funny and fresh. You guys are just old. Lol. If you don’t like it don’t watch it. These characters are definitely feminists, they are just catering to a different age-group – it’s a different approach. Lighten up!

    23. Samantha Farinas
      September 4, 2016 at 3:54 am

      You make it sound as though having cable is a necessity and you have no choice on the matter. If you don’t like being forced to pay for shows like this then cancel your cable. This is the most ridiculous and whiney first world problem I’ve ever seen.

    24. Christopher Gildemeister
      September 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thanks for demonstrating exactly the kind of crass, rude, obnoxious “humor” which dominates this show…and, obviously, its fans. You make my point for me.

      Stay classy,
      Christopher Gildemeister

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