Many shows with similar sensibilities are currently on television and just as hilarious and entertaining to watch as Broad City was when it was on.
When Broad City ended after its fifth and final season earlier this year, viewers were left wanting more. The New York-based sitcom starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer was a rare example of a female-led comedy series with a sense of humor that alternated between surreal and painfully relatable moments.
It’s not all bad news for fans of Broad City, who can rewatch the show’s 50 episodes as many times as they want because there are other shows with a similar sense of humor and focus on female empowerment that they can watch instead. So, if you’re missing Broad City, check out these 10 hilarious shows to fill the void.
10. The Mindy Project
After leaving The Office, Mindy Kaling wrote a movie about a doctor who is single called The Mindy Project (a working title that stuck).
However, despite the fact that The Mindy Project is more focused on romance than Broad City – or even just true love as opposed to short-term hookups – both shows have strong female leads and portray women positively. Kaling is a strong lead, and she’s surrounded by talented co-stars. Initially airing on Fox, the first few seasons of this show can be found on Hulu, where all six seasons are available for newcomers to binge on.
9. 30 Rock
Thirty Rock was created by Tina Fey after leaving her post as head writer of NBC’s sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. In this show, she played the head writer of NBC’s sketch variety series, so many of the plots feel autobiographical. However, there are numerous absurd scenarios as well as political satire.
Alec Baldwin’s character Jack, played by Fey’s Liz, is a conservative new boss. Considering Baldwin’s Republican demeanor (which we’re all familiar with), the show’s liberal vs. conservative squabble is hysterically caricatured.
Empowered women were featured prominently in Broad City, a show about the modern struggles they face. Similarly, Veep tells the story of a female Vice President of the United States trying to leave a legacy and win over public opinion in the political field..
Veep’s characters, despite their high positions and the high stakes world in which they live, are every bit as vulgar and foul-mouthed and ridiculous as Abbi and Ilana in Broad City. Veep had a satisfying series finale, much like Broad City’s did this year.
7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Movies like La La Land and Disney’s live-action remakes of their animated classics are rekindling interest in the musical genre that had all but died out. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring Rachel Bloom, serves this purpose on television.
Last year’s fourth season of this CW romantic comedy centered on a real estate lawyer who follows her ex-boyfriend to his California hometown after accidentally bumping into him. As with Broad City, the show’s songs are catchy and have the same satirical edge.
6. Bob’s Burgers
Broad City’s humor leans toward the naturalistic side of things, with jokes emerging spontaneously from everyday conversations rather than from scripted setups. As a result, it resembles the Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers, in which Abbi Jacobson has appeared as a guest star. When it comes to the humor on Bob’s Burgers, it is not sarcastic.
It’s all about raising kids in a happy home where both parents take responsibility for them equally and encourage their children’s creative pursuits. It’s a refreshing change from The Simpsons and Family Guy’s archaic family values to see a more realistic portrayal of a modern family.
Matt Groening’s third Netflix animated series, following The Simpsons and Futurama, premiered last year. Abbi Jacobson plays the princess in Groening’s new show, Disenchantment, and like Broad City it has a strong feminist message.
Medieval fantasy world akin to Game of Thrones, where the princess’s aversion to marriage and alcoholism clash with her traditional father’s expectations. The elf and the demon are her closest friends. As with Groening’s previous shows, a laugh is never far away on Disenchantment.
Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae’s sharp, insightful HBO comedy Insecure is based on the popular web series of the same name. In terms of racial and gender issues, the HBO version is just as perceptive as the web series, but it has a more cinematic feel to it.
When asked about the show’s appeal, Rae said, “We just want to convey that people of color are relatable.” This isn’t a tale from the ghetto. This is a story about everyday people going about their daily lives. There are currently three seasons of the show on the air, with a fourth set to debut later this year on the small screen.
3. Parks and Recreation
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s web series was discovered by Amy Poehler, who worked with them to bring it to television. On the show, she was listed as an executive producer. Parks and Recreation, the show that propelled Amy Poehler to stardom after she left Saturday Night Live, must be on the watchlist of every Broad City fan.
Because they couldn’t figure out Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, in season one, Parks and Rec felt like a pale imitation of The Office when it first premiered as a workplace-based mockumentary. She went on to become one of the most well-known female role models on television, with a hilarious supporting cast to boot.
2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable, a new Netflix original series As with Broad City’s Kimmy Schmidt, a female lead lives in New York City, but the main difference is that Kimmy was abducted by a doomsday cult as a teenager. When Kimmy is in her twenties, the girls are found living in a bunker, and they are all flown to New York to appear on a talk show.
As a result, Kimmy has made the decision to remain in New York for the time being. As a result of finding an apartment with a struggling actor, she is forced to confront adulthood and the outside world for the first time after spending years trapped in a safe haven. Tina Fey has created an incredible show with this one.
Fleabag, the new show from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has the feminist sensibility and message to be the UK’s answer to Broad City. All of the supporting characters in the show revolve around Waller-title Bridge’s character, so there’s no hilarious comedy duo like Abbi and Ilana.
Fleabag breaks the fourth wall frequently, creating a kind of double act: Fleabag as she presents herself to the people around her and Fleabag as she tells the audience about her innermost thoughts. However, this portrayal of modern women is just as accurate. It’s an innovative, well-written, and well-performed comedy series.