CBS has a new restaurant sitcom and the pilot aired on Monday night. This half hour irreverent new comedy is called 2 Broke Girls and features two waitresses in a Brooklyn, NY diner. One waitress, Max (Kat Dennings) has worked there for some time and survived the revolving door of low standard servers that have come and gone. The other, Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), is the daughter of a wealthy but crooked and busted business man ala Bernie Madoff. She has no serving experience, but is armed with a degree from Wharton and is willing to try to work her way back via the serving job.
The restaurant called the “Williamsburg Diner” is managed/owned by a tiny Asian man named Hon Lee, who has assumed a clever new first name “Bryce”, to fit in better with the American culture. The diner was alegedly purchased by Lee from the Russian mafia 8 months prior. There are a few additional minor characters, Oleg the lecherous cook and Earl the cashier that sits by the front door and spouts one liners. Max also has a second job as a babysitter for a “Manhattan Socialite Diva” who has twins “Brad & Angelina”.
Caroline earns Max’s trust when she rejects a come on from Max’s ripped boyfriend and tells her about it. The girls decide to become roomies and get together to start a business selling the delicious cupcakes that Max makes. They need to raise $250,000. The show ends with a cash total on the screen that rolls from $000 to $387.25, indicating that this will a running theme during the series.
I found the comedy to be quite funny and truly enjoyed the quips from Max to her restaurant patrons, laying it on the line and telling it like it is in a way that real servers only dream about. The humor is sharp and intuitive, yet at times sensitive and thoughtful. It is good to see some new restaurant humor out there and I have high hopes for this series.