FOX has never been my personal channel of choice to get a comedic fix. One could very well call me a premium cable channel snob, being in love with the polarizing dark comedies featured on HBO and Showtime. However, there is something that occasionally catches me and the general public off guard with some well applied quirky humor and characters that keeps us all interested. New Girl does exactly that and a bit more.
Comedy is hard. And in an age where crude, rude, offensive and cynical humor is “king”, New Girl graces us with some plain ol’ clever, quirky comedy that I, for one, have no objections to. It is refreshing to be reminded that one can be entertained without constant gratuitous language, sexual activity, and/or ridiculous, over-the-top violence. Even more likable is the fact that it all feels natural and original. Apart from the premise of the series, everything comes off as something we haven’t seen before in a comedic sitcom. And of course, dream girl, Zooey Deschanel isn’t hard to like either:
In the new comedy series, New Girl, created by Elizabeth Meriwether (No Strings Attached), we are introduced to Deschanel’s Jess as she returns home to find her boyfriend cheating on her with another girl. Homeless and brokenhearted, she answers an ad for a loft apartment where three guys are living, and so begins the simple set-up for what could be the next great friend-centric sitcom.
While most of the show’s attraction is mostly based on and rests on the quirky, nerdy, awkward beauty that is Zooey Deschanel. Is this woman not every guy’s dream girl? She’s beautiful, hilarious, quirky, adorable, intelligent, frank, successful, nerdy…the list goes on. She’s a cute weirdo, which is absolutely what drives the show’s comedic element. But while she remains a scene-stealer, her co-stars aren’t just simple background catalysts. They carry the show as well. Jake Johnson (No Strings Attached) plays Nick Miller, a broken-hearted bartender who can empathize with Jess’ recent heartbreak. Then there is Max Greenfield (Ugly Betty, Veronica Mars) who plays Schmidt, the guy who often attempts to come off as cool and sexy, but is clearly just no more than…ridiculous. Much credit to the “Douche-Jar”. Damon Wayans Jr. plays the third roommate “Coach” in the pilot (the fitness instructor who only knows how to talk to women by barking orders at them), however due to his commitments to ABC’s Happy Endings, he (and his character) will be replaced in episode two, by Lamorne Morris. The dynamic between these characters could either grow into something really annoying or intriguingly hilarious, if written as actual characters and not generic sitcom buddies.
I would love to think that this “New Girl” will be sticking around for quite some time. This is easily the best new sitcom of the fall season. It’s a show that leaves you smiling, with its graceful combination of hilariousness and heart. While I remain a fan of dry humor, sarcasm, and dark comedy, I can always find it in me to enjoy a quirky half-hour of my favorite Deschanel sister. I mean, she is mostly the reason I love (500) Days of Summer so much.
With NBC’s new hilarious sitcom, Up All Night, ABC’s sardonic satire Suburgatory (Premiering next week, September 28th), and the quirky energy of New Girl, I’d say this year may be a significant improvement in network television comedy sitcoms, because, and let’s be honest…it’s sucked spectacularly for the past decade. So I’d suggest you watch it. Unless you’d rather suffer through the atrocious ninth season of Two and a Half Men and upcoming comedy series like Work It and Man Up. But if you want to take a break from all the general annoying sitcoms, and indulge in something refreshing, find your way to the FOX channel, Tuesday nights at 9:00, after Glee!
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