Pump Up the Laugh Track
It’s apparently the signature style in all CBS sitcoms, so make it twice as loud over all of the momentary pauses and predictable laugh breaks in the series. After all, the canned guffaws make about as much as sense as the numerical 2 in the show’s title.
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The Characters Can Be Wacky and Archetypal without Being Racist
Han and (more so) Oleg are pretty horrifying characters, and they’re the main reason why, when I try to convince people that 2 Broke Girls isn’t that bad, people look at me like I’m crazy. Something I really love about Portlandia is that the writers don’t seem to have any problems writing for a person regardless of their age, gender, size, shape or color. If there is a person of Asian descent, they will not automatically be dorky virgins who speak in broken English. If a woman is attractive, it doesn’t immediately mean she’ll be a bitchy or dumb. Some actors on the show are actually fat, and there’s nothing particularly “quirky” about them. See where I’m going with this? And this isn’t to target just 2 Broke Girls — Portlandia is one of the only series on TV with actual diversity without that very diversity being a punch line in and of itself.
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