TV Critic’s Corner

‘Broad City’ will go out on top — next year

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in “Broad City.”
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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in “Broad City.”

I have a lot of affection and respect for “Broad City,” the Comedy Central comedy from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The show, which began as a Web series, fits beautifully into TV’s history of female duos such as Mary and Rhoda and Lucy and Ethel, while it celebrates the randomness and adventure of New York City.

That’s why I’m happy to hear the news that the fifth season of the show, due in early 2019, will be its last. Five seasons is a great run, and it’s always wise to go out on top and leave us wanting more. Also, part of the essence of “Broad City” is the fact that its characters are in that strange nowheresville after college, trying to find themselves, looking for jobs, partying, making mistakes. Jacobson, 34, and Glazer, 30, are beyond that stage of life and I’d rather not see them strain to appear younger than they are.

Jacobson and Glazer have signed a first-look contract with Viacom, which owns Comedy Central.


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