New Girl: Season 1
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New Girl is a charming; offbeat comedy about friends; flings and modern relationships. After a bad breakup; free-spirited optimist Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three bachelors who have plenty of issues of their own. Winston (Lamorne Morris) is a former athlete; Nick (Jake Johnson) is a law school dropout; and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a wannabe womanizer in love with...himself. Together with her super-hot BFF Cece (Hannah Simone); this New Girl discovers that hanging out with the guys can be a challenging a and hilarious a adventure!
Zooey Deschanel is such a talented comedian that it's easy to think her inspired performance as the star of New Girl is just her persona. And while Deschanel's Jess truly is "adorkable," cute, winsome, awkward, and guileless, Deschanel's performance in New Girl anchors the whole series, like Mary Tyler Moore or maybe Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls. The situation--Jess needs a place to live when she discovers her boyfriend cheating, and ends up in a giant gorgeous loft with three guys she hasn't met before. Thankfully, New Girl breezes right by any innuendo à la Three's Company but focuses instead on how two completely difference species--men and women--interact when they must live together. The supporting cast is just as brilliant as Deschanel, including Max Greenfield as the self-important blowhard Schmidt; Jake Johnson as Nick, who's aspiring to become underemployed and resentful about it; and Lamorne Morris as Winston, a former athlete who still feels the need to win whatever he might be doing (except, say, the dishes). Can this foursome survive--thrive--in close proximity to one another? Because of the deft writing and acting, the answer is a resounding: Yes! The season-one boxed set includes a commentary on the pilot episode and two other episodes of the season, a guide to Jess's creatively funky wardrobe, and loads and loads of alternate scenes, deleted scenes, and goofs and gags that are just as funny as anything in the final product. Long live New Girl! --A.T. Hurley
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here are some things the all so loveable adorkable Jess does
-falls down and trips without bumping into anything which is revealed to apparently be a regular thing.
-she calls someone over a video on youtube and asks this mysterious other person how she can get something taken off the internet.
-selfishly causes all of her friends and roommates to lose their place in line on black friday in the best buy line so she can have fun with her new BF who is late who she dumps an episode or two later.
-she also selfishly ruins her roommates thanksgiving of football.
-given her dress attire she inexplicably cannot wear heels and walk in them.
-gets fired....fails to find a job in time and then wonders why the gas bill is cut off.
-cries during a job interview...goes back to the same place the next day and gets the job anyway.
-both christmas episodes are horrible
-two people that are divorced are fighting so she just starts singing which is referenced as something she once did before as a child while her parents fought proving she is a 20 something stuck with the brain of a five year old.
-causes her roommate and best friend of the bunch of roommates(not her BFF just her BFF of the roommates) to miss his flight because she is sad so the only thing to do is naturally cheer her up(the world revolves around her in this show i think she could command the sun and stars is she had a brain enough to figure it out) which involves missing his flight and going to see the christmas lights which are not turned on so the group decides to yell obnoxiously in the middle of the night to get everyone to turn them on. a more logical solution would be to have these braindead idiots arrested.
the point is the entire show revolves around Jess who is nothing more than a 5 year old. she randomly breaks into singing, crying, breaks up with people because she is a fickle female dog(all the female characters on the show are really), she parent traps her parents who are divorced like a 5 year old including the references to when she was 5, has no ability to throw together an outfit of clothes that doesnt come off as just strange(highlighted by her inability to pick out clothes to wear on dates so she naturally picks overalls despite she has plenty of dresses), if she was left to live alone would die within a week, is constantly upbeat and happy and cheery for no reason at all and just does the most illogical things ever, and oh so much more. thats Jess. the most annoying of the characters on the show and sadly the star of the show.
the rest of the cast however really does well.....Nick becomes a fantastic character that you really see is struggling as a 30 year old that just cannot get his crap together. Schmidt has his stuff together but he cannot seal the deal in a relationship. Winston im not really sure what he does beyond being Nicks fail buddy and cracking random remarks. i guess the show needs a black guy. CeCe is Jess's BFF female friend but she too acts like a female dog although ironically despite being a model she is far smarter than Jess who is a teacher could ever be which is even more ironic.
the reason these characters dont get more of a write up is because the show singularly revolves around Jess. the new girl universe could be called the Jess universe. when the other characters take center stage for at most 30 seconds it is usually interrupted by Jess or in some cases when Schmidt and CeCe have a romance together half of that is taken up by how do we hide this from Jess which is the only time that romance or any set of characters is allowed to have more than 30 seconds of non-Jess TV time. so really their character growth is solely based on Jess. its quite sad really because the rest of the cast is filled with funny moments and great chemistry together until Jess enters the screen. it isnt even a week that she is there in her new place where her male roommates bend over backwards to help her because she is there friend so they basically sacrifice an entire night of fun they had been planning for months to go be with the socially stupid and completely idiotic ditzy braindead woman friend roommate person named Jess.
that said i hate myself for having watched most of this show. i dont know why i did but i did. but it really is terrible. anytime the other characters get screen time without Jess i enjoy it for those brief 30 second bursts. then Jess enters....then i cry wondering what i am doing to myself because without fail she will start singing or moving or hands in some weird way or just start babbling on and on in some incoherent manner about something. i wonder how she is a teacher but then again ive had more than one incoherent teacher that just babbled on endlessly about nothing and made up stuff as they went along.
the show also resets every episode or every few episodes. by the end of season 1 the show was looking for make forward progression but just simply reset all of that. Jess was in a solid relationship but ended it just because? Nick was finally going to move out but just ended it because? CeCe breaks up with Schmidt for really no reason at all. everyone was going forward with a lot of momentum and then it all ends and is reset. so season 2 starts with this reset and has had 0 progress so far(yes i havent seen the grand finale or last few episodes yet) but if its like season 1 this will all be undone in a matter of time. its TV logic. you cant pair people together and not break them up its not "interesting" but i find that annoying yet thats why its done. let characters pair up. let them move forward. but im sure without fail it will all be undone and i am sure this show will never stop being the Jess universe. really if she was just a side character it would be great because it can be hilarious otherwise. sure 20 minute sitcoms dont have great character development and tend to reset things but even most sitcoms at least have forward momentum or continuity. Seinfeld had plots that spanned episodes and seasons. Cosby show did, Roseanne did, married with children did, even the big bang theory has had plots progress through seasons. new girl does not as it constantly resets.
there are only two plots that mildly continue from episode 1 onwards....CeCe and Schmidt kind of and Jess and Nick again kind of. its mild and barely there at times and its very poorly kept together. the show also does reference things that happened in previous episodes a lot so it does carry over the problem is character relationships/friendships reset back to ground 0. character jobs go back to ground 0. character growth and learning go back to ground 0.
seriously stay away people.
The instant success of New Girl comes as no surprise; the show has many levels of appeal. First, it is infinitely quotable. Good luck escaping, "Pink wine makes me slutty," at the water cooler. Second, it follows the tradition of strange living arrangement sitcoms (see: The Big Bang Theory, and just about every other sitcom). Third, it is quirky and offbeat, which gives elitists something to latch onto, while remaining relatable and mainstream (its sense of humor is reminiscent of Apatow comedies). Fourth, it lacks a laugh track, which automatically earns it the label of "smart comedy" by many critics. Fifth, Zooey Deschanel. Zooey, Zooey, Zooey. Just put a pair of glasses on her, give her a dorky character to play, and it has the Tina Fey Effect. We look past her supermodel good looks and somehow believe she's a nerdy girl like us.
The surprise appeal has another name: Max Greenfield. You might remember him as Calvin's hot teacher boyfriend on Greek, and his dreaminess hasn't faded in his new role. As one of the three dudes that Deschanel's character, Jess, moves in with, Greenfield's Schmidt is known for saying things that require putting dollars into a "douche bag jar." Together, the three-guys-one-girl ensemble is an instantly familiar gang of friends we wish we had. The pleasure of New Girl is derived from the feeling that you're in on a series of very well crafted inside jokes. And in terms of writing, well crafted jokes they are. This new girl is here to stay.
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