It's no secret that Broad City is pretty damn gay. Abbi and Ilana might be heroines for stoner straight girls around the world, but the show itself has always been full of queer characters and plotlines. Between Ilana's borderline homoerotic obsession with her best friend, Jaime's (Arturo Castro) unapologetic gay sluttiness, and cameos from multiple Drag Race favorites, Broad City was never afraid to dip its toes into queerness.
With Broad City's final season premiering Thursday, we decided to take a look back on the show's gayest moments.
“Mochalatta Chills” (season 2, episode 2)
A single mention of Lady Gaga increases any given television episode's gay factor by at least 69%, so Abbi lip syncing to what is arguably Lady Gaga's best song, "The Edge of Glory," is undoubtedly one of the show's queerest moments. Gaga even co-signed the performance, tweeting that "if only I'd been there to join in the nakedness."
“Knockoffs” (Season 2, Episode 4)
Did straight women know about pegging before Abbi's ridiculously hot neighbor asked her to top him? Some of them had to, but this episode surely helped introduce the concept to millenials, and curious straight boys (and their holes) have never been the same.
“Kirk Steele” (season 2, episode 8)
Broad City did not invent "yas queen" (black ballroom culture did), but there's no question that the phrase went viral thanks in part to Ilana and her young protege Oliver, whose mother should probably be investigated by Child Services for hiring Ilana as a babysitter.
“Coat Check” (season 2, episode 9)
Ilana's bisexuality is one of the foundations of Broad City -- has a single episode gone by without her commenting that Abbi has "the ass of an angel?" But in season two, Ilana experienced the time-honored gay tradition of clonefucking, coming face to face with Adele (Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat), whose resemblance to Glazer is uncanny. While Ilana ultimately couldn't handle having sex with herself, their romance remains of of the show's gayest storylines.
“Twaining Day” (Season 4, Episode 2)
When Ilana gets a job at a trendy downtown eatery, her boss is none other than RuPaul, who teaches her new hire the most valuable lesson possible for a New York City waitress: "The only way to make it in the world of Manhattan restauranteries is to be a queen of mean." The episode also guest stars Wanda Sykes, Sheryl Crow, and Sandra Bernhard, making it officially the all-time gayest episode of Broad City, period!