6 of TV's Newest Female Friendships—and the Lesbian Continuum

8.13.2013

By Chloe Fitzpatrick

A look at some of the greatest roles being written for TV and the web today

Broad City: Illana and Abby


 

The friendship on web series Broad City is reminiscent of Romy and Michele. For an example, check out this quote: "Swear to God, sometimes I wish I was a lesbian."  “Do you want to try to have sex sometime just to see if we are?” “What? Yeah, right, Michelle. Just the idea of having sex with another woman creeps me out. But if we're not married by the time we're 30, ask me again.”

I predict that these two will go down in television history, despite the fact that it's not yet broadcast on television, as one of the best TV friendships of all time.  Given that Ilana is constantly trying to get Abby to come home with her, begging to see just at least the bottom of her breast, and saying things to her mother like, “I’m am SO not a lesbian yet,” these two straight women are have an intensely intimate and borderline romantic relationship. They share dinner over Skype, share methods of dealing with menstruation (“You gotta air out, bitch!”), and spend Valentines Day by playing in the snow, ice skating and getting pedicures.

Its no surprise that Amy Poehler is producing their new TV show on Comedy Central. Keep your eyes peeled for the first season of Broad City and prepare for the premiere by watching their hilarious web series.

SNL's 'Girlfriend's Talk Show': Morgan and Keira

OK this one may be a stretch—I wouldn’t call this friendship super supportive or loving—but their "love" creates a burning, hilarious fire in Morgan that allows her the strength to call someone “Roach Warehouse.” And aren't we all looking for a relationship with that much passion? Also, I just want the world to acknowledge how funny this "Girl's Talk Show" SNL sketch is.
If we’ve learned anything from TV, it’s that female best friends have a responsiblity to compliment and support each other, encourage each other’s dreams, fight until they understand something new about themselves, and place themselves on a lesbian continuum.

Taking these lessons to heart may help those of us on the continuum transform and tap into Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich definition of the erotic, meaning “'the sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic,' and the sharing of work; as the empowering joy which 'makes us less willing to accept powerlessness, or those other supplied states of being which are not native to me, such as resignation, despair, self-effacement, depression, self-denial.”

 

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