2 Broke Girls brings up an issue that has prevailed in the media for quite some time: the disappearing middle class. In fact, Max and Caroline’s New York lacks a middle class altogether. Given Caroline’s rich girl history, Max’s nanny job and the fact that they live in fiscally diverse Williamsburg, it’s no wonder the girls come into contact with so many people who are so much wealthier. Most of the time they seem to be waging a class war against the rich — from the woman Max nannies for, to the trustafarians inhabiting Williamsburg, to the owners of a probably mob-funded bakery. This is a New York of extremes where you’re either broke or wealthy with nothing in between. Yet in the middle of it all, Max and Caroline’s dream appears to be very middle class. Having a self-sustaining small business isn’t all that far-fetched, but it probably won’t buy you a penthouse either. The girls are creating a new path for themselves, without the guidance or example of anyone around them. By working hard for their money rather than stealing it, marrying into it, or inheriting it, Max and Caroline can set themselves apart from everyone else. They may never be very wealthy, but they might just bring back the middle class.