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'Garfunkel and Oates' finds an odd, funny, endearing harmony

'Garfunkel and Oates' finds an odd, funny, endearing harmony

With Comedy Central's "Broad City," USA's "Playing House" and now "Garfunkel and Oates," which premieres Thursday on IFC, it is springtime on television for female comedy teams.

If the dynamic is not exactly without precedent — Lucy and Ethel, Mary and Rhoda, Laverne and Shirley, Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins, and whoever those characters on "2 Broke Girls" are — it has not been dominant. At the moment, it feels like an exciting new kind of dessert that makes all the old desserts seem suddenly less interesting.

One difference in the new shows is that the friendship and the partnership precede the series (and you can feel it). In the...

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