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My New Favorite Show

November 16, 2011

I am absolutely in love with FOX‘s new half-hour comedy, New Girl right now. Of all the new shows that have premiered and have piqued my interest this premier season, New Girl is pretty much the only one I’m still watching. I’m somewhat intrigued with Grimm so far, but that’s a story for a completely different post.

The thing I love about New Girl so much is that it has all the right elements that are key for a television show to have legs – six, seven, eight seasons worth of content.

First, this show has a very loose premise. It hasn’t boxed itself in with some quirk or fast-changing situation – like Up All Night where it will always have to be about the baby. The premise of New Girl is simple: Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, needs a place to live after breaking up with her boyfriend and moves in with three male friends. Plenty of fodder there already.

Each character is defined and unique, and not just sweet, kind of weird, Jess. Nick (Jake M. Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Cece (Hannah Simone) all have a solid character profile. Everyone is different, but they piece together to make one beautiful and laugh out loud puzzle. (You’ve never laughed at a puzzle you say? Well maybe you should try sometime.)

The show definitely got a punch to the face when Damon Wayans, Jr. left the show because the other sitcom he was on (Happy Endings) got picked up for another season. For the one episode Damon was on, he was super funny and I could imagine a lot of goofy qualities coming out of this character. Kudos has to go to show creator, Elizabeth Meriwether, who had to come up with a brand new character insanely quickly to replace Damon. Winston may not be as polished as Damon’s character, but he’s on his way. At least the show staff didn’t just use the same character and plop in a new actor, á la Seinfeld‘s dad or Blair’s mother on Gossip Girl. That’s right, TV show executives, I noticed, and so did everybody else.

It’s clear that all the actors have really thought about what they want to bring to each of their characters and it’s paying off. So far I don’t find anybody obnoxious and they are all believable as real human beings. Plus, the theme song is super cute and completely sets the tone for the show. I’m singing it right now, can’t get it out of my head.

Take away all of the above and the show is still fantastic because of one extremely important factor: Elizabeth Meriwether made a really funny show. The jokes are goofy, raunchy, physical and often subtle. She has done a great job with this show and it’s so nice to see a female writer who knows how to create funny, well-rounded male and female characters.

If you haven’t tuned in to this show yet, let yourself relax and be lazy for 30 minutes and watch an episode of New Girl (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX). And if you don’t like it turn on the TV anyways and have it on in the background so it doesn’t get cancelled for the rest of us. I’m still mourning Arrested Development.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2011 10:59 pm

    I agree — this is one of the more charmingly funny TV sitcoms. Good dialogue, real characters, and I haven’t been able to predict what will happen from one episode to the next. That’s a good thing!

    • November 16, 2011 11:08 pm

      You’re right. It’s nice to be surprised and not be able to see what’s next. I hate it when I keep predicting what’s going to happen!

  2. Aviva permalink
    November 17, 2011 11:44 am

    Yes, I everyone should at least watch it on mute! Love it.
    I have to say I was worried about Smidt’s character but they’ve done a good job. He’s not just the dumb jock. He’s quite well rounded and he has feelings. It’s cute
    Also very impressed with how they handled the sexual tension between Nick & Jess. It was hilarious, not too cliché & moved the plot forward.
    I guess this is our new Arrested Development? Although I really shouldn’t jinx it.

    • November 17, 2011 12:58 pm

      Yes, don’t jinx it! I too was worried about Nick and Jess, but so far I think they’ve handled it well. It’s too early for anything to happen. The audience needs to like and become attached to Nick and Jess individually first and then they can go from there.

  3. November 29, 2011 9:32 am

    Finally Got Around To Seeing The Thanksgiving Episode, FUNNY!

    LOVE The Justing Long!

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