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9 Shows Like “Broad City” For Fans Of Irreverent Female Comedies



“Broady City” was a hit TV show full of humor, and nine other shows like it have female lead characters. These shows changed the way women are portrayed on screen, and some touched on sensitive topics related to society.

“Broad City” is a sitcom that follows the lives of two women in their twenties living in New York City, Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler.

The on-screen duo tend to avoid stressing life’s hardships by throwing rooftop parties. They are relatable yet entertaining.

Some of the reasons the show was worth watching was that Abbi and Illana made the tiniest and most mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch at the same time. Plus, they had equally funny co-stars, like Lincoln, a deadpan and laid-back dentist, on the show.

“Broad City”, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, aired on Comedy Central for five years, from January 2014 to March 2019. During its run, it gained many fans who still miss it to this day. Meanwhile, other shows are a lot like her, like “Girls.”

Girls (2012-2017)

“Broad City” has been mostly compared to comedy show “Girls,” though the creators weren’t impressed with the comparison. Glazer called it “reductive”, adding:

“It’s like, ‘Women in your twenties, you’re all the same!’ If it’s not a white guy thing, it’s compared to any band you’re in.”

Actresses Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer attend the ‘Girls’ season 4 premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on January 5, 2015 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Like “Broad City,” HBO’s “Girls” series revolves around girls in their early twenties whose lives are in shambles because of bad decisions.

They live in New York and face the challenges of adulthood, but the difference with his doppelganger is that he’s darker and more serious than the silly and cheerful “Broad City.”

‘Girls’, created by Lena Dunham, became an instant hit after hitting screens in April 2012. It was groundbreaking because it changed the way women were viewed on screen. The show aired for six seasons until April 2017.

The Mindy Project (2012-2017)

Another show that aired around the same time as “Girls” was “The Mindy Project”. The sitcom follows a young obstetrician/gynecologist doctor trying to balance her work and personal life.

Mindy Kaling, who plays the title character, created the series. She is surrounded by quirky colleagues trying to help her find love. Off-screen, Kaling’s love life is also interesting.

“The Mindy Project” is more romance-focused, unlike “Broad City,” but what they both have in common are strong female leads that portray women in a good light.

The show started in 2012, with its first seasons airing on Fox. After cutting ties with the network, it moved to Hulu, where it aired from 2015 until its sixth season finale in 2017. Set in New York City, the series is set in the lead character’s OBGYN practice, and she is irreverent and extremely witty.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-2019)

Another love-based show is the musical “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” It follows a young woman, Rebecca Bunch, a real estate attorney who gives up her job and life in New York to move to California in search of happiness.

She decides to uproot herself after meeting her former boyfriend and follows him to his hometown of West Covina, California. The female lead is likable and relatable, like the girls in “Broad City,” despite her ever-changing demeanor from eccentric to downright melodramatic to unforgivable.

Created by Rachel Bloom, who plays the title character, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” portrays the same sharp satirical wit as its counterpart, “Broad City.” But the only difference is that it has catchy songs.

The comedy series featured at least two songs in each episode and became a fan favorite due to its approach to mental health, catchy tunes, and clever jokes. The series aired on The CW from October 2015 until its final fourth season.

Chip Bag (2016-2019)

A year after “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” hit screens, comedy-drama series “Fleabag” followed. The show is an adaptation of an award-winning play about a young woman in her thirties trying to move on with her life in London after experiencing tragedy.

Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays the lead role, “Fleabag” is arguably considered one of the greatest shows of all time, thanks to its writing.

It features outstanding performances and a charming female lead named Fleabag. She’s everywhere as she struggles to keep her relationships with her peers on a solid footing.

Fleabag is free-spirited, but for some strange reason she fails to push herself to do better and change her unfavorable circumstances. She is prone to running away from life’s troubles by constantly drinking and having sex.

The show premiered in 2016 and aired for two seasons before ending in 2019. One of the reasons it was so successful was its dark humor, including sarcasm and goofiness. It is unique in that no other show could live up to its brand of humor.

Insecure (2016-2021)

Another popular show with memorable humor is “Insecure,” which aired on HBO in 2016. It follows a group of modern black women (a group vastly underrepresented in the entertainment industry) who encounter embarrassing experiences in different aspects of their life. .

“Insecure” has received critical acclaim for its depiction of modern life as an adult. The show is partly based on creator Issa Rae’s web series, “Awkward Black Girl.”

The series is considered one of a kind because of its approach to complex topics – like race and the invisibility of the black woman’s voice – by tackling them with humor.

It portrays a realistic view of life and highlights how everyday problems are solved. This perspective was achieved because the plots reflect the personal lives of the writers. The comedy-drama aired for five seasons through 2021.

Jane the Virgin (2014-2019)

Long before “Insecure” hit the screens, a drama titled “Jane the Virgin” was already airing. It follows a young Catholic woman who discovers she has been accidentally artificially inseminated, and her life is turned upside down.

The show is worth watching because of the heart-warming mother-daughter relationships between Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), Xiomara Villanueva (Andrea Navedo), and Alba Villanueva. The trio are lovable characters.

The love triangle between Jane, her boyfriend-turned-fiancé Michael Cordero Jr. (Brett Dier, previously engaged to actress Haley Lu Richardson) and Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni) — who happened to be the baby’s father — is endearing , and it’s clear she has feelings for both men.

The two act as a united front to help Jane navigate her new role as a mother. In a funny scene, she was able to breastfeed after struggling throughout the episode and said, “Oh my God, I’m losing milk, actually leaking.” The CW show aired for five seasons from 2014 to 2019.

PEN15 (2019-2021)

The same year it ended, a squeaky comedy called “Pen15” began airing on Hulu. It is based on the middle school story experienced by two 7th grade girls who deal with awkwardness as teenagers.

Although the show focuses on the teenage experience, it’s steamy and, at the same time, a great series about life, friendship, and growing up.

“PEN15” was created by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, and in the series there are 13-year-old versions of themselves portrayed by actors in their thirties while the 13-year-olds around them were played by actors of that age.

The series hit the nail on the head with its portrayal of how teenage life can be cringe-worthy, to the point that it’s hard to watch. “PEN15” aired from 2019 until its second and final season.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-2020)

Another show reminiscent of “Broad City” is “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” a production by online streaming giant Netflix. Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the show follows a woman rescued from a doomsday cult who later starts a new life in New York City.

Like “Broad City”, it’s hilarious, absurd and messy. The lead actress, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) from Indiana, was kidnapped by a doomsday cult when she was a teenager.

She and three others were imprisoned in a bunker for 15 years and were rescued when Kimmy was in her twenties. They are all taken to New York for an appearance on a television talk show.

There, Kimmy decided to stay. She got an apartment and now had to deal with life while coping with adulthood. The sitcom aired for four seasons from 2015 to 2020.

Acute (2019-2021)

Another Hulu show is “Shrill,” which centers on a woman, Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant), who is determined to change her life without changing her body.

She begins the show being shy and self-doubtful because she was told that due to her weight, she should despise herself in order to please skinny people.

When “Shrill” premiered in 2019, it brought a fresh feel to screens and was considered radical due to its stance against fatphobia.

The comedy series, which aired for three seasons through 2021, is set in a magazine because Annie is an up-and-coming journalist in Portland, Oregon. Besides being overweight, she is smart, talented, and selfish.



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