I was first introduced to New Girl, by my cousin, whose main selling point was “the main character reminds me exactly of us.” I was curious to know exactly what she meant, so we both settled down to watch the first episode.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it, with its genuinely funny and touching moments. The series revolves around Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel, who unfortunately falls into the pitfall of typecasting here), a quirky girl who breaks up with her boyfriend and moves into an apartment with three boys she has never met. Thus begins a series of legitimate laugh out loud moments, mostly from Jess, who really is the epitome of unique. The other stand out character for me has to be Schmidt. He is the quintessential lady’s man on the surface, forever chasing after attractive women, but is often seen to display a softer side when dealing with the vulnerable Jess.
I have to say much of the reason why I do like the show is how easily I, and many people I know, could relate to the some of the situations that the show portrays. Such as watching Dirty Dancing on repeat and crying at how no man will ever live up to Patrick Swayze. Or attempting to get back into the dating scene only for it to go horribly, disastrously wrong.
It has been dubbed as the show “to fill the void that Friends has left” which I semi – agree with. Although not as sharp or witty as Friends, choosing to focus instead on social slip ups to provide the jokes. It really is a laugh a minute, and is worth staying in on Friday night for.
I do however feel that the show is in danger of slipping into caricature and that the character of Jess is beginning to cross the line between quirky and just plain annoying. But for now, I am happy to sit back and just enjoy the sheer awkwardness of someone else’s life.