The Best TV of 2014 So Far

From purple weddings to female perps, Rob Sheffield lists the highlights of an already abundant year of great TV

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'Broad City' (Comedy Central)
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3. 'Broad City' (Comedy Central)

My new life coaches Abbi and Ilana are two people I've been waiting to meet on TV for years now. Abbi: "What's an Arc de Triomphe?" Ilana: "It's when two dudes go down on us, butt to butt, and then you and I do Oprah hands." These BFFs are so into each other they don't care if the rest of the world sees them as "violently high" loser nitwits, which is what makes Broad City (based on their series of web shorts) the sublimest comedy around. Oh, that final scene — Abbi and Ilana in the hospital bed, eating some leftover chocolate cake and talking about their bucket list, which ranges from "visit a pug farm" to "be able to squirt." At first I was horrified by the blasé way they listen while poor Mr. Rosenberg in the next bed dies, but the more I watch that scene, the more moving it seems. If I ever have to die in a hospital, that's how I want to go — with two stoner chicks in the next bed, sharing cake and talking about squirting. 

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