TV Review: New Girl

Spoiler Alert: This review contains an absurd amount of New Girl gifs

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

IMDB Synopsis: After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.
 
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone

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I was not a follower of this quirky show until recently. I watched one episode about a year ago, deemed it unworthy of my time and didn’t think about it again for a long time.

People kept quoting it on Facebook and swearing up and down that it was the funniest thing on TV, and when I saw it was on Netflix, I decided to give it another chance. And I’m so glad I did.

Granted, New Girl is mildly inconsistent. There are a few episodes that just aren’t funny.

But they don’t happen as often as you might think. I started watching season 3 before 1/2, and I’m glad I did. Season 3 is more consistent, and it’s easier to love the characters, as the writers aren’t working out the kinks in each individual any longer. So I came to enjoy each character very quickly, which convinced me to go back and start at the beginning. I therefore already had affection for the weird clan, rather than trying to figure out what the heck was going on with this bizarre group. So if you’re tentative like I was, it might be wise to start watching now, and then go back if you like season 3. I know, you probably can’t believe I’m recommending that, but in this case, it worked well for me.

Zooey Deschanel absolutely shines as Jessica Day. I think she’s adorable and weird and funny and awkward and embarrassing, and for some reason, every girl wants to be her.

She definitely has moments where she’s doing something that I think is supposed to be funny, and it’s very definitely not. Maybe that’s the point. But she’s usually a very endearing, entertaining character.

The guys. They are too much. Nick is a grouchy old man. It’s true.

I also think he’s adorable in the way that he and Jess have a deeper relationship than the others. There is almost always a scene with the two of them trying to work something out or supporting each other.

You can easily see (I promise this isn’t a spoiler, it’s extremely obvious) that they are the endgame. I read an article online that said the writers were going to have them kiss in the first episode but felt that was too fast.
So they put it off.

You will either love Schmidt or hate him. Or, if you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with him.

He’s infuriating most of the time (they have a douchebag jar that he has to put money in when he does, well, douchey stuff) and he’s the one that will spout very non-PC comments.

 But there are moments where he is very sweet and caring, especially for Jess and her best friend CeCe. Jess and Cece have a very sweet friendship (sometimes its terrifying); they don’t seem like the type to be best friends but they’ve been best friends forever so they stick together even though it doesn’t really make sense.

Winston seems to have it more together, although he has issues of his own.

Winston is sort of an inconsistent character in my opinion (although I love him to death); some episodes he’s CRAZY. I mean, losing his mind crazy, having some really weird issue.

Other times, he’s got it all together and he sort of watches his roommates flounder with an amused expression.

I love all three guys though, and they all have fantastic chemistry onscreen.

So there’s a lot to love about New Girl. I think it’s definitely one of those shows that is a niche show, so it’s really up-in-the-air whether or not its something everyone will like. I know people who love it and people who think it’s not funny at all. I certainly think it’s worth a watch, as I have come to love it.

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