Once in while you see something on Netflix, take a chance, and hit that ‘play’ button. One of my latest risks is New Girl, a since-cancelled TV show that currently resides on streaming services for the re-watch pleasure of viewers.
New Girl, Season One and Two TV Show Review
Though she tries to be cheerful and make the world a better place with her outlook, Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) is anything but right now. Today is a low point for Jess. After years together, her boyfriend decides he’s into someone else. This not only leaves the blissfully-happy Jess with a broken heart, but also without a place to live.
This leads her to a loft in need of a roommate. Her would-be roommates include Schmidt (Max Greenfield), a want-to-be career professional who thinks he’s something of a Casanova; and eventually, there’s Winston (Lamorne Morris), a former basketball player. Then there’s Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), the third roomie. Nick is a bit of a mess and without the promise of a good job in his future, he’s the least responsible of the bunch.
But together with Jess’ bestie CeCe (Hannah Simone), this group of misfits just might be what she needs to find her happy again.
Since I never watch shows as they currently air, the same can be said of Fox’s New Girl. I knew of its existence, but didn’t think it was something that would be a good entertainment fit. Plus, for no particular reason, I don’t tend to watch half-hour comedies. Then one day while I was in the mood for something nonsensical and fun, I finally pressed play in the hopes New Girl would be just this.
Fortunately, it is. Like its titular character, this show is a breath of fresh air albeit one that comes with flaws. I’ll admit, I’m a fan of procedural dramas. Nonetheless, sometimes as a TV watcher, I’m still look for something that tackles the lighter sides of life.
As a character Jess is a little ray of sunshine. She’s hilarious, and because of her upbeat nature, she makes the viewer what to view life more positively. Plus, we relate to her wonderfully awkward self. The way she encourages her housemates, and students (as a teacher) is infectious. Speaking of those housemates, each one is a great deal of fun to hang out with. It’s the friendship that builds between these four characters that keeps its viewer invested in them, and the humor that keeps us hitting “play” on the next episode. Something I indulge in a bit too frequently.
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Though I haven’t seen season three and beyond, the first two seasons are full of humor and heart. The cast is also quite good, and each characterization is unique. Whether it’s Schmidt’s annoying know-it-all aptitude or Nick’s slacker personality are the contrasts needed for Jess’ bubbly outlook. Not sure where I’d place Winston, but I still love him.
Over two seasons, we watch friendships blossoms, arguments that tear some apart, secrets, new romances, and a will-they-or-won’t-they tease. There’s also lots of familiar guest stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Dermot Mulroney, and Justin Long.
If you want something happy-go-lucky that doesn’t dive into the world’s drudgery, consider starting New Girl. Only be warned, you’ll want to binge this half-hour ray of sunshine.
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Content: there’s plenty of sexual innuendo throughout the series. Everyone sleeps around, and goes from partner to partner; CeCe and Schmidt have a very casual view (as does everyone really) of a sexual relationship. There’s some profanity and various other crude comments.