Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’ Airing Final Seasonby Brie Stimson February 1, 2019
“Broad City,” the irreverent, feminist, millennial Comedy Central hit had the premiere for its fifth and final season at the end of last month. The series focuses on fictionalized versions of Jewish creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson who are late-20s to early 30-something best friends and roommates in New York.
Over the seasons, the offbeat comedy has attracted celebrity guest stars like Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Kelly Ripa, Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Alda, Tony Danza and even Hillary Clinton.
The unabashedly crude comedy also celebrates (and makes fun of) the creators’ Judaism. In the episode “Jews on a Plane,” for example, Ilana and Abbi take advantage of Birthright (thinly veiled as something called Birthmark) to get a free trip to Israel only to discover everyone else on the plane is focused on the “reproductive future” of Judaism. In the episode “Florida,” the girls travel south to clean out Ilana’s grandmother’s apartment. They start acting like retirees – and meet Fran Drescher. In another episode they chronicle the struggles of fasting for Yom Kippur, saying, “we’ve got four hours until the sunset. We can do this, we carbo-loaded last night!”
In a January interview with the New York Times, the creators said they were ready for the series to end. “Season four really took it out of me,” Ilana said in the interview. “We couldn’t do another one after five. Couldn’t do it.”
Ilana and Abbi said they cried while collaborating on the season finale. “And then we were laughing at ourselves crying,” Ilana joked, “because sometimes we’re like dudes and we don’t want to cry.”
“It’s like your first love,” Ilana added of the show. “You’re like, I’m going to be with this person forever! And then its like, no, I’m not. But I’m going to learn from this forever. We both need some space from this universe that we’ve lived in. We started the web series in 2009. At 31, that’s like a third of my life. It’s the longest relationship either one of us has had.” Α