1. 2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings.
2. It premiered in the United States on CBS in September 2011, and is currently renewed for a fifth season.
3. Set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, the show’s plot follows the lives of roommates Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs).
4. Whereas Caroline was raised as the daughter of a multimillionaire, Max grew up in poverty, resulting in differing perspectives on life, although together they work in a local diner while attempting to raise funds to start a cupcake business.
5. Since its debut, the series has received a mixed response from critics. The on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters has been praised, while others have condemned the show’s reliance on sexualized humor and racial stereotypes.
6. One of the writers of the show, Whitney Cummings, also had a short-lived TV show but was cancelled 2014. She is a stand-up comedian and is only 5 years older than Kat Dennings and 4 years older than Beth Behrs.
7. In real life, Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings are best friends.
8. None of the episodes have episode title cards.
9. Although Max often talks about smoking marijuana, she is never actually depicted as being high on pot.
10. Every episode name starts with “And”, as in “2 Broke Girls and…” except for the pilot which was titled simply “Pilot”.
11. It was nominated for three 2012 Emmy Awards, winning for Art Direction.
12. Despite their characters having accents and being from other countries, Jonathan Kite, Jennifer Coolidge, and Matthew Moy are all born and raised in America and speak with American accents. Moy, though portrayed as Korean, is actually of Chinese descent.
13. On March 12, 2015, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on November 12, 2015.
14. Kat Dennings as Max Black, one of the waitresses at the Williamsburg Diner. She is a poor working class girl who had a rough childhood in Hope, Rhode Island and an equally rough adult life, driven by both genuine poverty and being raised by a mother who was usually absent and dangerously incompetent when she was around. (It is implied that her mother was a drug addict.) Han initially allowed her to sell homemade cupcakes in the diner, which led to her going forward with Caroline’s idea to go into the cupcake business. The brunette Max is street-smart, tends to deliver insults with a smile, and often pokes fun at her own promiscuity, her large breasts, and indulgence in marijuana. She always wears knee-high brown leather boots while waitressing.
15. Beth Behrs as Caroline Wesbox Channing, a new waitress at the Williamsburg Diner. She is a formerly rich high society girl (in the style of Paris Hilton) and University of Pennsylvania Wharton graduate who lost all of her money when her father was arrested and thrown in jail for a Ponzi scheme. She is forced to start over and becomes Max’s co-worker, roommate and eventual best friend. She comes up with the idea of starting a cupcake business with Max. Despite being spoiled since birth and then losing her money, Caroline is kind and optimistic, though high-maintenance at times. The blonde Caroline always wears large pearl necklaces with her waitress uniform as well as high-heeled shoes.
16. Garrett Morris as Earl, the cashier who has worked at the Williamsburg Diner since 1962, or 1989, and an elderly former jazz musician with a love of marijuana and gambling. Max is very close to him, and frequently says that she wishes he was her father.
17. Jennifer Coolidge as Sophie Kachinsky (recurring, season 1; regular, season 2–present), an annoying Polish woman who owns a cleaning company, lives in the apartment above the girls, and often bugs them with stories about her sex life and growing up in Communist Poland. She does not like Caroline but invests in their cupcake business in season two. She was involved in a relationship with Oleg during seasons two and three, and gets engaged to him in season four, marrying him in the finale.
18. Even before it went to series, the then-undeveloped pilot was the subject of a bidding war, with CBS landing the deal on December 10, 2010, and ordering it to series on May 13, 2011. It was one of two shows commissioned for the 2011–12 television season for which Whitney Cummings served as producer and co-creator, the other being Whitney, which was picked up by NBC but was cancelled after two seasons.
19. Dennings was the first to be cast in role of Max on February 18, 2011. A week later on February 25, 2011, Behrs won an audition to land the role of Caroline, beating out other established actresses. Moy, Morris and Kite were the last three to be cast on March 16, 2011.
20. The series is taped in front of a live studio audience with some sweetening.
21. The first episode aired at 9:30 pm (E/P) after Two and a Half Men on September 19, 2011, and the show moved to its regular timeslot following How I Met Your Mother on Monday nights at 8:30 pm (E/P). Production for the second season began on August 6, 2012.
22. For its second season 2 Broke Girls moved to 9 pm ET/PT after Two and a Half Men was moved to Thursdays, and remained there until early in its third season.
23. 2 Broke Girls has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the first season holds a rating of 68%, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs have undeniable chemistry, and although 2 Broke Girls is at times bogged down by predictable jokes, this old-fashioned odd couple sitcom is rich with laughs.” On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
24. On January 11, 2012, 2 Broke Girls won the award for Favorite New TV Comedy at the 38th People’s Choice Awards.
25. The series premiere was watched by 19.4 million viewers after its lead-in, the first episode of Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen. This marked the highest rating for a fall premiere of a comedy series since Fall 2001.
26. It scored a 7.1 rating in Adults 18–49. With DVR viewers included, the premiere rose to over 21.5 million viewers and an 8.1 in adults 18–49. The show has done well in ratings with college students and young males.