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TV Plus (South Africa) - - 23 AUGUST -

Sea­son 3 Com­edy Cen­tral (*122) 21:00 Com­edy

You can’t flick through chan­nels th­ese days with­out hit­ting a brood­ing, charis­matic anti-hero whose self-ab­sorp­tion ru­ins ev­ery­thing. If only th­ese sad guys had best friends… like in Broad City (2014-cur­rent). Even at their worst, the love and loy­alty that Ilana and Abbi (Ilana Glazer and Abbi Ja­cob­son) have for one an­other makes view­ers re­joice in their ab­sur­dity – es­pe­cially when the pair re­flect our own se­cret strug­gles. Here are three mo­ments from their new sea­son (which started on 16 Au­gust) that made us go “yeees!”

Pri­vate time: episode 1’s (16 Au­gust) open­ing scene ex­plores deeply per­sonal stuff the girls get up to in the pri­vacy of their bath­rooms at home, us­ing a splitscreen mon­tage. And the bath­room theme con­tin­ues in the episode dur­ing an in­creas­ingly des­per­ate search for a place to “go” af­ter their brunch spot won’t let Abbi and Ilana use the loo. The best friend test: in episode 2 (on 23 Au­gust) Abbi steps in to cover for Ilana at work – wear­ing her clothes, speak­ing with her voice and “be­ing” Ilana. Ilana coach­ing Abbi shows how she sees her­self, while Abbi’s per­for­mance as Ilana shows how she sees her friend. The gap be­tween those two ver­sions of Ilana and the Ilana that view­ers know is a comic mas­ter­piece. Rat­ted out: episode 4 (on 6 Septem­ber) gives view­ers an­other fan­tas­tic open­ing se­quence when Ilana has a rat prob­lem in her apart­ment and can’t af­ford the ex­ter­mi­na­tor. The se­quence is shot from the rat’s point of view as it watches her and Abbi go about their busi­ness, then it breaks into her drug stash. We hope that rat is as en­ter­tained as we are when we spy on th­ese two besties.

Besties Abbi (left) and Ilana make for a dy­namic com­edy duo.

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