The heart of the series New Girl has always been the relationship between Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson). As we enter the last season of the program—after a three year time jump—it seems that the will-they-or-won’t-they plot that has threaded its way through the series has finally settled on will-they […]Read more "New Girl: Season 7 — a review"
The word “sitcom” is short for “situation comedy.” Typically, a sitcom will center around a fixed group of characters in a particular situation, or setting. For instance, Cheers was a sitcom that centered around the employees and customers of a Boston bar. News Radio was about characters who worked at a news radio station. Wings: […]Read more "New Girl: Season 6 — a review"
By the time a sitcom hits its fifth season, it knows what it’s all about. Or, it should. The creative forces behind New Girl certainly did, and Season 5 offers up generous portions of what we were already being served. Which is more funny stuff, of course. Zooey Deschanel was missing for a half-dozen episodes […]Read more "New Girl: Season 5 — a review"
Season 3 of New Girl was my least favorite season of the series going into this one. But, it wasn’t awful. I graded it a B+, which is only disappointing after finding out that the first two seasons both got A‘s. The show made the Moonlighting mistake of letting Nick and Jess become romantically involved, […]Read more "New Girl: Season 4 — a review"
New Girl waited a year to go into its sophomore slump. After two seasons of rooting for Jessica Day and Nick Miller to become a couple, it was a bit of a letdown when they did choose to become romantically involved. Jess and Nick run off to Mexico together after the debacle of Cece’s aborted […]Read more "New Girl: Season 3 — a review"
Some writers, and some showrunners, get it. It’s about the characters. If you allow the characters you create to come to life, whether on the page or on the screen, the stories that develop from them will be more engaging, on one hand, and less important, on the other. Character-driven stories are the best kind, […]Read more "New Girl: Season 2 — a review"
This is not the first time I’ve watched the first season of New Girl. In fact, I know I’ve watched at least two seasons, possibly three, years ago. Then, I stopped. I’m not certain why, because I remember liking the series. More than likely, life intervened or I got sidetracked by something new and shiny […]Read more "New Girl: Season 1 — a review"