The show (obviously) revolves around two broke girls slaving under the daily grind of the lower working class life. In hopes to put up their own cupcake business, Max and Caroline create the perfect tandem to keep us entertained as we all curl up with a bag of Cheetos like the lazy pieces of shit we all are. Max’ savage ways, crude sense of humor and self-proclaimed promiscuity go with Caroline’s clumsiness alongside her intelligence, with just the right amount of inclination to all things fancy left in her from her past life. Throughout the seasons, the two really develop as friends, roommates, colleagues, business partners, what have you. The almost sisterly bond between these two really hold the show together.
The inappropriate sexual advances made by co-worker Oleg as well as the insulting broken English spoken by Asian businessman Han are shining examples of the show’s cringe-worthy aspects. The show should be able to do without these terrible stabs at such sensitive topics, but I honestly don’t think the show would be the same, sadly. Like I said, take it on a lighter note. On the other hand, references to a lot of things in the roster of pop culture are what really caught my attention upon discovering this show, alongside the two leading ladies’ personalities. Kim Kardashian, hipsters, Call Me Maybe, 50 Shades of Gray, Game of Thrones. Usually it seems as though it’s just Max making fun of them, but I think they add to the charm of the show. As a member of the youth exposed to media on a daily basis, these mere name drops amuse me in a way. Aside from these references, you’ve got Max’ childish tendencies ironically paired with her dark humor, Sophie’s questionable outfit choices as well as life choices, and who could ever forget Caroline rapping with 2 Chainz? Or peeing herself?
Is it so bad to see a girl making dirty jokes or being open about her sexuality? HELL NO. And we’ve got Max, as well as Caroline (occasionally), as proof. No princesses waiting for their knights in shining armor here, although we can’t deny the occasional spark of love between the ladies and characters like Candy Andy and Deke. I think the show speaks for all broke young adults trying to make a name for themselves, trying to get by each day with the limited resources they could manage to muster up, running up and down town, juggling two jobs that they don’t even enjoy. We’ve got Max telling us that life isn’t going to serve you what you want on a ruby-encrusted gold-plated tray - like she’s always been doing, you have to work hard for it. On the other hand, we have Caroline, born with a silver spoon in her mouth, reminding her partner in crime that everyone deserves good things and no one can stop you from getting what you want. Even until here, the opposites between the two characters continue to attract.
Foul jokes, stereotypes, and jabs at Han's sexuality and height aside, the show's got heart, and it's not difficult to see that. Throughout the episodes you can see how everyone really relates to each other, and it doesn't just stop with Max and Caroline. All the main characters have something to bring to the table. Behind all the insults being thrown around, everyone truly cares about each other and this is probably why I'm going to keep watching this show. Crude humor can only go so far but in this show it's paired with all kinds of relationships, and that's what makes it great.
- Nikki Alarilla
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