They say that your best friends are the ones who are able to bring out the best in you. This statement will be put to the test in early 2019 as Comedy Central’s rowdiest and raunchiest pair of best friends, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, are coming back for one more season of insanity.
Comedy Central has announced that the acclaimed show “Broad City” will return for its fifth and final season at 10 p.m. on Jan. 24. The show follows two best friends, Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams, who try to navigate their 20s in New York City. The Abbi and Ilana in the show are meant to be an exaggerated version of the actresses with a plot line based off of their own friendship.
Each 30-minute episode involves the girls trying to find their way out of trouble or embarking on adventures that leads them to bizarre paths. With unstable careers and very little money, the girls depend on one another while experiencing the turbulence that is New York City.
Abbi, who is the more level-headed of the pair, is a struggling artist who is trying to “make it” in NYC. For most of the show, she works as a cleaner at a fitness center called Soulstice, which is meant to be a parody of SoulCycle. Abbi also is burdened by her roommate Melody’s lazy, freeloading boyfriend, Matt Bevers, who rarely leaves the apartment. Melody is actually never seen in the show, as she is said to be traveling around the country. Throughout the show, Abbi is constantly attempting to find the happy medium of being a responsible adult while being fun-loving and free-spirited like her best friend Ilana.
Ilana, who is much more extroverted than her counter-part Abbi, is a New York University graduate with little to no motivation to become a self-sufficient adult. For most of the series, Ilana works as a temp, where she does minimal work and takes breaks that last hours. Ilana’s antics and sometimes self-absorbed tendencies are what usually get the two into trouble. Compared to Abbi, she is much more confident and outspoken. This is ultimately what draws Abbi to her and why they become friends in the first place.
“Broad City” was originally a web series created independently by Wexler and Jacobson that ran from 2009 to 2011. After Amy Poehler starred in the web series finale, she became an executive producer and ultimately helped the series become the television sitcom it is today.
The show has seen significant guest stars, including Kelly Ripa, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Rogan and even Hillary Clinton.
Wexler and Jacobson released this statement after announcing that the show’s fifth season would, in fact, be its final:
“ ‘Broad City’ has been our baby and first love for almost ten years since we started as a web series. It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. ‘Broad City‘ has always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit.”
The girls also announced they will continue working with Comedy Central, with upcoming projects in the works titled “Mall Town USA,” “Platinum Status” and “Young Professionals.”
Be sure to tune into “Broad City” on Thursday, Jan. 24 for its final season!