"Two Broke Girls" (CBS)
Airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. [Premieres September 19 at 9:30 p.m.]
Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are capable, funny leading ladies and when their characters are together in the second half of the pilot, there's a confident rhythm and some sharp punchlines. Unfortunately, that's only the second half of the pilot. The first half of the pilot focuses largely on the character interactions in the diner where the two young women work and in those scenes, the punchlines are lazy, the two lead performances are excessively broad and the supporting performances veer heavily into problematic stereotypes. There should be some disclaimer as to which of the two "2 Broke Girls" writers -- "Sex and the City" vet Michael Patrick King or It Girl Whitney Cummings -- was responsible for each half, since Cummings has her NBC show to deal with and King will be the man in charge. I guess we'll know soon enough. A continuation of the pacing and characterizations from the second half of the pilot would justify placement on "Best" lists. Straying back into the lazy writing from the pilot's first half could have me wishing I'd put "2 Broke Girls" on a "Worst" list.