2 Broke Girls Midseason Report Card: C

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Before you unwrap any presents, are you ready to unwrap another Midseason Report Card?

With every show either on hiatus or about to take a very long break for the holidays, our staff has been taking this opportunity to evaluate where a handful of programs stand around their seasonable halfway point.

Among other shows, we've covered Supernatural; Private Practice and Fringe. Now, chief 2 Broke Girls critic Kris Hemki take on this popular new CBS sitcom...

Max and Caroline

Best Character: Max. I’m a huge fan of Kat Dennings’ heart, wrapped in a hard shell of snark. Max also gives us a wonderful backstory to root for, and a love story that really made her vulnerable and lit up the few episodes in which they were highlighted. Max can swagger Brooklyn all she wants, but she’s relatable. At the end of the day, I can’t help but wish her much success.

Worst Character: Han. At the beginning of the season I often referred to the secondary characters in the diner as Larry, Curly and Moe. While Earl and Oleg have elevated themselves a bit, despite the terrible renderings of their characters, Han has not (no pun intended).

Best Episode: “And The Really Petty Cash." How the wonderful chemistry in this episode has not been bottled yet and replicated for subsequent episodes is a travesty and a tragedy. They had a romance for which almost everyone is a sucker. It played with our emotions, it was hilarious and it had unexpected moments that made it stand out from other episodes, such as the whole awkwardness in the art gallery that included yet another stolen kiss with Johnny.

Worst Episode: "And the Reality Check." I actually gave it the same grade as another lower-ranked episode “And The Pop Up Sale." But while “Sale” had heart and Max/ Caroline dynamic to balance out the not so funny parts, “Check” has none of those. It’s an episode about a horse, with horse humor. Much as I love Chestnut, nothing about horses is inherently funny, and this episode didn’t convince me otherwise.

Most Interesting Development: Johnny having a girlfriend and kissing Max anyway. Max having to work for her at an art show. Johnny kissing her again. What big, messy fun! That’s called tension. The good kind.

Biggest Surprise: That the show has taken so long to course-correct itself from the low-comedy return of the secondary male characters in the diner. Plot wise, the biggest surprise was that second kiss in “And the Really Petty Cash."

Hopes for 2012: It’s often repeated in my reviews: drop the secondary male characters that aren’t working or minimize their involvement, much like Gunther in Friends. Bring in more people that don’t just deliver quips around the girls, but also contributes juicy storylines. They’ve had only one character do that – Johnny – and he’s only been in a handful of installments. Without those things happening, I can’t see it gaining traction with fans or critics. Since Johnny disappeared, we’ve had readers talk about giving it one more chance before they quit. It’s something the creators should correct quickly because those chances may not come again.

Overall Grade: C.

Agree? Disagree? Weigh in with your midseason grade for 2 Broke Girls now!


Really liked this show, loved Kat Dennings. The whole Johnny thing has been the best part so far and I REALLY wanted him to come back. That tension was HOT.


Not sure why the high ratings. Terrible acting, predictable and an overdone odd couple pairing. I can't decide if the blonde's supposed to be funny because she's so wealthy she's out of touch with reality....but should that make her stupid? Also, the short fat brunette comes off as an constipated b&*% that really doesn't work in the real world. She should work for state gov't...not a restaurant. F


Love this show A+....Best commedy that has come along in years...Hope it's around for many many years to come. The charaters are great, all of them...Hanisn't in many scenes and think he adds alot when he is. Oleg is Hilarious as is Earl.....Johnny is a bit boring but i could live with it...who says Max won't meet another guy later on! this show has all the right stuff and the similarity to a Lucy/Ethel friendship..LOVE IT!! Never miss an episode....Great writing....great acting..it's a winner!!


I'd go C+, but I know where you're coming from. Han has definitely overstayed his welcome, but Earl and Oleg have shown that they can be really funny. If anything they deserve to have more than a few lines in the show so we can see what they can do. Three things that I think would help bring the show back in order again: spend less time fantasizing about the rich New York lifestyle and more time dealing with the poor New York lifestyle; bring Johnny back (or any other actual love interest for Max); and have Caroline lust after literally anyone other than Max. The "will they won't they" is boring when we know they won't.


i love this show! never miss an episode. A++


i agree but then i disagree, the writingn ain't strong but Kat Dennings makes the iffy writing a bit more funny and Beth Beers is belivable as the rich princess, oleg to me is kind of annoying but i can't wait to see where the show goes. C

Childish gambino

It had promise...Well not really promise, this show is like an old beat up that has a classic body beneath all the rust and grime. If you/they worked on it you/they could turn it into beautiful hot rod but they got lazy and relied entirely too much on [unfunny] crutches and bits so they are just cruising around town in a P.O.S.


Don't get it, this is one of the worst shows I have ever seen. The acting is absolutely awful..


Completely agree with you Kris. Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are unbelievable in their respective roles. But there is no way you guys could seriously give this show an A. The show needs to fix Larry, Curly and Moe (though Oleg is growing on me) and the diner setup in general. Or maybe we just need to get these broke girls $250k ASAP.


I agree. C or C-

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