I didn’t believe in New Girl. And I was wrong. So wrong.
Unfairly, I assumed that the show was purely a showcase for Zooey Deschanel’s whimsical cuteness. So I didn’t watch it at all during the season, despite my trust Entertainment Weekly lauding the show’s creativity and humor. But I wanted something lighthearted to watch about a month ago, and a friend recommended the show.
I watched a few episodes on Hulu and was immediately hooked, so I signed up for Hulu Plus just to watch the full season. Which took about 5 days.
The show shouldn’t be called New Girl. The name makes sense for one episode (when Zooey is the new roommate in an apartment with three guys), and then she’s no longer the new girl. I mention this because what makes the show work isn’t Zooey alone–it’s that the other three roommates are fully fleshed out with storylines and character arcs of their own.
The show is also laugh-out-loud funny at times–I’d say a couple times each episode. For example, the moment when I knew I was hooked on the show was when one character exclaims, “No, I don’t wash the towel – the towel washes me! Who washes a towel? …you wash your towel? What am I gonna do – wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?”
At that point I was like: Yes. These writers get me.
It also doesn’t hurt that Zooey has great legs and almost exclusively wears skirts. Also, her intentional quirkiness is challenged outright early on in the season, which I thought was bold and clever.
I’d highly recommend the show. It’s rare for me to do that for new sitcoms. Also, in case you want to see if you share my sense of humor, here are the other sitcoms (or half-hour comedies) I currently watch:
Do you like New Girl? Do you have any sitcoms that you’d highly recommend? Now is a good time to recommend them so people can catch up during the summer.