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Is the comedy's sophomore season funny enough to compensate for its standard-definition downgrade....?
Warner / 513 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013
One's ability to stomach 2 Broke Girls depends implicitly on connection with its leading ladies. There will of course be those who find Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) to be sassy, devil-may-care heroines, women plunged into financial difficulty who nevertheless retain an ability to laugh at themselves and the often cruel world around them. On the other side of this, of course, are viewers who can't see past the innate superficiality and skin-deep shallowness within the show's setup and give the show the heave-ho right away.
Lucky for CBS, 2 Broke Girls - as manifested by this Complete Second Season TV-on-DVD set (Warner didn’t even bother going Blu this time around) – appeals to a certain demographic enough that the show will likely be around for a while. Also, as a cultural artifact, 2 Broke Girls continues to embrace its sitcom-ness more than most other contemporary programs: as the vast majority of half-hour comedies hiss and snarl at the laugh-track predecessors that came before them, 2 Broke Girls celebrates its hee-haw jokiness in ways that hearken back to the old days.
But even with a full season under its belt, 2 Broke Girls: The Complete Second Season never quite grows into itself. Theoretically, watching two lovely young things attempt to carve out lives for themselves fits snugly into the paradigm of television narrative, but nothing here feels all that authentic or - sorry, girls - interesting. I’m glad their making their business dreams come true – Max’s Cupcakes becomes a shaky but legitimate reality during the show’s sophomore go-round – but they’ll need to do more to sell me on their particular brand of comedy.