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2 broke girls is an American TV series created for Warner Bros. The show revolves around the story of two girls, Max Black and Caroline Channing played by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs respectively. They both belong to different backgrounds, Max being raised in poverty who is unaware about who her father is whereas Caroline is the daughter of a multi-millionaire, who goes from having everything to nothing. The duo meets for the first time when Caroline joins as a waitress in Williamsburg Diner where Max already works as a waitress. It is a sitcom and generally has sexual humour. Many think that the show is creating a bad influence and it received mixed reviews. But if we focus on the main context, we will realise there is much more to it. The show through its casual and carefree approach depicts us basic values which is key to a happy life.
The strongest message, the show, gives us is to never stop aspiring. Aspiration is a hope or ambition of achieving something. Caroline’s character always gave us some kind of positivity. Even being from a high class family, spoilt from birth, she has been optimistic and kind throughout the series. She sometimes turned out to be self obsessed though. She didn’t give up hope and successfully launched her cupcake business with Max. Han, the owner of the diner where the girls work, allows Max to sell cupcakes at his diner. It is when Caroline makes Max realise that they can turn it into a cupcake business. They faced allot of problems in establishing their business and also throughout the running of business. Later on, in season 6, Caroline and Max come up with the idea of a dessert bar. They received allot of criticism. In spite that, the duo stays firm and it turns out to be a success. Once, their bar is ruined by the storm in the city but they still remain positive and are able to revive it.
Despite all the ups and downs faced by the girls and even other characters, they always tend to stay happy. Caroline loses all of her money all of the sudden because of a family scandal; she isn’t sad and tries to start over by working as a waitress. Max, on the other hand, was raised in poverty and her mother was a drug addict. She had a rough childhood, even adulthood. She doesn’t even know anything about her own father. Han once found out about her dad and Caroline fixed a meeting but he doesn’t turn up. Even after getting hope of meeting her dad and being disappointed, she still remains happy and cheers up Caroline as well. There had been ups and downs in Sophie’s relationship with Oleg too. They try to find happiness. Sophie’s tries allot of things to become pregnant but the difficulty of having a child doesn’t bring her down. She always greets everyone with her evergreen dialogue, “hey everybody”. The show never failed to make the audience laugh.
DEALING WITH REALITY
Who can explain dealing with reality better than Caroline? She can be anyone’s idol for dealing with the misfortune she faced all of the sudden. The two girls always landed up being broke. But somehow they still manage to accept it. Max accepts her reality of not knowing her father and having a bad childhood. Accepting reality isn’t as easy as it looks. Some people get into depression when dealing with an incident. They have trouble accepting the reality. Han accepts being a short man and isn’t offended by people who mock at him. He always had been target of Max’s jokes. Accepting yourself and the circumstances is truly crucial. Once, a person accepts the reality and is ready to deal with, he has overcome the biggest hurdle in life.
FAMILY IS NOT ONLY FROM BLOOD RELATION
If a person needs to know the true meaning of family, then this show is the answer. A family is that which comforts you, is always there for you as well as where you feel home. You don’t need a blood relation to be a family. Max sees Earl as the father figure in her life as she is unaware of her real father. Earl adores Max and tells her that she is his family. He always supports her even in the start of her cupcake business and is proud of her. Caroline and Max start as colleagues and end up as best friends. Even Caroline’s boyfriend Bobby treats Max as Caroline’s family when he invites them to his house party. Once, the diner members helped out the girls for making cupcakes for a big order just like a family. All the people in diner help each other out and are always there for each other. They give each other space as well as support. They all love each other even if they don’t show. This is what true family is.
DELIVERING INSULTS WITH A SMILE
Max is everybody’s favourite character for her cool attitude. She never lets anyone take her for granted. She has a unique way of reacting to insults. She has a witty personality and leaves anyone speechless. She doesn’t even take offense from her customers. Once, in season one, a hipster called her by clicking fingers which offended Max and was rude. She teaches him a lesson in a cool way with a smile. This trait can be seen in Caroline sometimes. Almost every character in 2 broke girls is witty and knows how to react to a particular situation. The answers are witty and hilarious which makes t a perfect sitcom. At least users get the idea of staying cool and fun of delivering insults with sarcasm. Anyway, it is said sarcasm is for intelligent people. Though, the show uses the “V” word a million times, still reacting to the insults with a smile is really cool.
YOU ARE NOT BORN WITH A PERSONALITY
Well, many people believe they are born with personality. It’s not true. Personality is something which you acquire from the values given and he experiences one had. A person is what he chooses to be. Max could easily have been a smuggler, criminal or a drug addict because of the childhood she had been through. But, she grew up to gross but intelligent women. Her personality is unique and attractive. Even though, she makes marijuana jokes all the time but she was never addicted to drugs. Caroline grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth, still she isn’t a brat. Sometimes, she tends to be high maintenance but she has an adjusting nature. She doesn’t want things to be fed to her and she knows it won’t happen anymore. She is willing to work hard. She does continue to have her charismatic personality. Oleg and Sophie might seem careless but still they are good parents to Barbara to some extent.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Despite the amount of racial jokes they make, the show has people from all over the globe. The biggest irony is that the actors are Americans and Han is from Chinese descent not Korean. The show makes fun of stereotypes every five seconds but still they all love each other and always stand up for each other. Whether it is Han bragging about Korean culture and the girls making fun of him because of his lack of knowledge about American culture or Sophie telling Oleg how fathers or other things are in Poland. Earl is a black man who feels uncomfortable surrounded by white people or getting offended by black colour references, he still feels that Max is his family and always supports her. Caroline came from a rich family. She became broke from multi-millionaire, she doesn’t treat her all time poor friends with disgust or something.
No matter how disgusting or weird they appear to be, the cast overflows with self confidence. Who cannot say that after watching Sophie’s epic entry? The way she presents herself, although extremely weird yet confident, is what drags attention towards her and especially from Oleg. Oleg might not be the most attractive guy but his confidence dragged Sophie towards him even though he cringe people badly. However, the couple was full of weirdness but they never lacked confidence. Max’s confidence is praised by all 2 broke girls’ fans. She is a unique personality, portraying intelligent and confident modern women. Earl may be in his 80’s but still is a handsome hunk by heart. Many older women flirt with him because of his young at heart personality and confidence. Han is a short man who is mocked by everyone but never held his head down. Caroline, even after losing her money she still has confidence in herself and her work maybe insecure sometimes.
NEVER GIVING UP
The number of failures faced by the two girls is never ending. But even then, the duo never gives up. This is the biggest lesson the show gives to us. The will power of the duo is tremendous and praiseworthy. They definitely did some really stupid things but still never gave up which is important for achieving success in life. It’s not like they always faced failure, they did have moments of success too. For ex- meeting Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian finally writing a great review about their cupcake business, dessert bar opening etc. They knew very well how to smile through tough times. Caroline did stress out most of the times but Max was always of cool mind. Does that mean she has achieved her inner peace?
At last but not the least, caring can be said to be the most important theme of the show. Even though the characters were not related to each other in blood but still what they did was more than a family. All of them may appear to be each other’s biggest enemies but deep inside they all cared for each other. Whether it was Han panicking when he dropped the cake the girls made for an important delivery because he knew how much it meant to them or Oleg fixing their door when storm hit their dessert bar. Max and Caroline cared for each other more than sisters. This is the reason why Max didn’t mind kissing Han when she wanted to find out about Bobby’s secret baby with his ex. Though, her efforts went in vain. She still did it out of love and care.