'Broad City' Is Canceled, At Least In My Book

'Broad City' Is Canceled, At Least In My Book

How "Broad City" took itself from being a golden example of LGBT+ representation in the media to committing the unforgivable offense that cost them my viewership.


"Broad City" has made enormous strides ever since its transfer from a web series to a Comedy Central hit sitcom.

The show follows Ilana and Abbi, both named for the show's producers and star actors, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, who use their close friendship to tackle the challenges of living in the Big Apple.

Though the two women are apparently opposites—Abbi a cautious, practical big-dreamer and Ilana a lazy, dysfunctional free-spirit—they developed into best friends through the misadventures that stem from their own bad decision making.

The girls depict an intimate, if not once-in-a-lifetime friendship, which seems to make up for each character's faults. This heartwarming relationship, paired with the eccentricity of New York City and a lot of drugs, makes for a totally unique, seriously funny and relatively touching TV show, especially for Comedy Central's standards.

But what made me a fan of "Broad City" was not the outlandish predicaments that Abbi and Ilana find themselves in or the obvious affection between the two.

This show, more so than any others that have aired within recent years, stood out in the amount of representation it had for typically ignored demographics.

Jacobson and Glazer themselves set the stage for this effect. The simple fact that the pair are both minority women who write, produce and star on the show stands out from the majority of media nowadays.

The characters, too, set it apart, bonding through their Jewish heritage, both fitting outside the box for traditional beauty standards and both having almost no regard for the modesty that is so often forced on women. Still more social constructs are disregarded in "Broad City" as interracial and polygamous relationships are celebrated without being exploited for comedic effect.

The character of Ilana encapsulated all of this.

Their original portrayal of the part-time server was so strong that they never even officially label her sexuality. Ilana moves back and forth from men to women, having a healthy dating life and regular hookups, all while maintaining a solid relationship with her eventual boyfriend, Lincoln.

Ilana seemed to be everything we had been needing—a bisexual woman shown in love and in lust and absolutely owning her fluidity. More unusual was that her friends and family knew about, and even supported her identity; when she would introduce any new partner, he or she was always met with open arms and no one would bat an eye at their gender.

Finally, bisexual folks had representation on TV that wasn't just subtly alluded to or appearing only during a threesome.

But then, they did the thing.

One of the most taboo things that non-allies of the LGBT+ community can do is equate homosexuality to pedophilia in order to encourage anti-gay sentiments and perpetuate homophobia as the norm in American society.

As a gay women, this is one of the most heartbreaking myths thrown haphazardly into conversations about LGBT+ rights, so I would never have dreamed that a show that had given so much to the gay community would ever cross that line, especially because bisexual and pansexual people face some of the most consistent discrimination both from within and outside of the LGBT+ community.

In Season 4, Episode 8 named "House-Sitting," they crossed that line.

The episode's problematic plotline centers around Abbi's date with one of her past high school teachers who openly admits to having had a crush on her whilst she was his student, and a minor.

Abbi ignores this first red flag and proceeds with her date, opening up a floodgate of jokes about pedophilia and child sexual abuse.

This in itself was not altogether comfortable to watch, but the show is notorious for blurring the lines between comfort and humor, so I decided these weren't bad enough to for me to stop watching. However, after the teacher tries to get Abbi to engage in sexual activity while pretending to again be his student, the date ends and they start to go their separate ways, but not without Ilana commending the predator for masturbating to his underage students.

I think that it's not so much them crossing that line because this is a regular occurrence on the Comedy Central network. What bothers me most is how they blatantly corrupted this character who had meant so much to me and probably many other LGBT+ folks.

I know that losing my support probably won't affect Jacobson and Glazer whatsoever, but these kind of occurrences are what do subtle but irreparable harm to the advancement of LGBT+ rights and the disbandment of rape culture in the media, and the character of Ilana would probably agree if she had a say in it.

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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.

I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).

While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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'Desperate Housewives' Will Always Be One Of The Best Dramedies In TV History

This show is the best addiction, fulfilling your drama crave for eight seasons.


If Wisteria Lane was a real neighborhood, I would move there in a heartbeat. I'd be the fly on the wall witnessing all the drama because it's too good not to turn back on. "Desperate Housewives," the ABC show that premiered in 2004, created by Marc Cherry is a milestone in television for its witty humor, non-stop drama, continuous twists, its massive charm, and strong leading women. The show is centered around the lives of four lovely housewives living in a picture-perfect neighborhood under the most dysfunctional personal circumstances.

Susan (Teri Hatcher) is a single hopeless romantic klutz, living with her extremely mature teenage daughter. Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross) is a walking Martha Stewart trying to keep everything clean especially her messy family. Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) a brave wife trying to manage four rascals of children. Gabriella Solis (Eva Longoria) is the fabulous ex-model trying to find a purpose through her material life. While Mary Alice, former neighbor (who killed herself in the first episode) of these housewives looks upon them and tells their gracious stories season by season as the narrator.

From characters burning houses down accidentally to mowing lawns in evening gowns, and that was only in the first season! This show really had it all and the storylines only grow. In one season there were around five character deaths, suicide, drunk driving, and three murders. Two divorces happened, house arrest, arson, a wife cheating on her husband with the teenage gardener, a hitman in cahoots with the police trying to kill someone living in their neighborhood, multiple "I'm your father" moments, a dead body in a toy chest, quitting jobs... it's all fantastic. It's driving at full speed at almost every second.

Now you should know, there are eight seasons of this madness. There's even an episode where a plane crashes through the neighborhood. The humor around each episode is built-in so whimsically making the viewer be entertained with a grin every moment. The accompanying soundtrack sounds like IKEA stock-music or the theme song to any sims games, which helps tighten in the aura that is "Desperate Housewives." Furthermore, these women are STRONG; they go through some of the most dysfunctional events and still manage to keep gorgeous homes in their cusps.

Throughout those eight seasons, new housewives come and go, natural disasters even fly in out of nowhere, you're going to laugh and you're DEFINITELY going to cry as well. I recommend this show to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry and a twist in one entire package. From shootouts at grocery stores to a tornado obliterating the neighborhood and blinding one of the husbands, all eight seasons of "Desperate Housewives" are available now on Hulu. Watch it, you won't stop.

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