TV Review: New Girl Tuesday, February 14, 2012 By Sydney Weinshel
In the past year, more television shows have premiered than I know what to do with. Once Upon A Time, Pan Am, Revenge, The Finder, The Lying Game, X Factor, 2 Broke Girls, The Secret Circle, Hart Of Dixie and Terra Nova to name just a few. Out of all these great (and some not-so-great) shows, one outshines them all: New Girl. The show stars Zooey Deschanel (Elf, 500 Days of Summer), Max Greenfield (Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty), Hannah Simone, Jake M. Johnson (No Strings Attached, Allen Gregory), and Lamorne Morris. It is a new comedy on FOX that can give How I Met Your Mother and Raising Hope a run for their money. According to The Washington Post, "[the new] comedy nabbed more than 10 million viewers immediately after Glee. That’s Fox’s biggest fall scripted-comedy opening in a decade — since the unveiling of its Bernie Mac comedy." This 30-minute sitcom has gone to new lengths to make us laugh. Set among three guys, their extremely quirky female roommate, and her best friend (a model), this ragtag group of 5 experiences the ups and downs of living together. Within 3 minutes of the show starting, before they even run the theme song ("Hey, Girl" written and sung by Zooey Deschanel), you will be gasping for air and wiping the tears from your eyes. The story line begins when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) discovers her boyfriend cheating on her. After moving out of their apartment, she needs to find somewhere to live. Naturally, she looks on Craigslist, and she ends up is a tiny apartment with three guys: Nick (Jake M. Johnson) is a law school drop-out and now bartender; Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a Jewish Casanova and the only guy at his law firm; and Winston (Lamorne Morris) has just returned from Latvia where he was playing pro basketball and is currently unemployed. This group experiences the conflicts of living together and adjusting to the new mix of personalities. From Jess’s kindergarten "feeling stick" to her quirky style and sense of humor, the guys never know what to expect from her. Some of her antics are known to be crashing "guys night" and bringing her group of juvenile delinquent hand-bell players to the apartment. She unknowingly wreaks havoc on the guys she has come to love. The show incorporates so many different kinds of humor that sometimes it is hard to keep up. Schmidt is often sentenced to put money in the "D-Bag Jar," Nick has been crying over his ex-girlfriend for 6 months, and Winston has no idea what Twitter or The Jersey Shore are. Schmidt pines for Jess’s best friend Cece, who is out of his league, there is a budding romance between Nick and Jess, and Winston finds that his calling may be as a "manny." Check out this insanely funny new comedy on FOX at PM on Tuesdays.