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New Girl riffs on real life

Sarah Chayer, 4Play Writer
February 27, 2013
Filed under 4Play

FOX’s “New Girl” has been subject to much criticism for its predictable writing, but is this judgment deserved?

Jessica Day, played by Zooey Deschanel, is a quirky, optimistic, adorably dorky, doe-eyed woman, who sings about everything through the course of her day. Her life is daisies and butterflies until she comes home early to surprise her boyfriend, only to find him with another woman. Jess leaves her cheating significant other, and finds an ad for three men searching for a fourth roommate. She gets the room, and though the guys have some getting used to with her peculiar, bubbly personality, Jess’s positive aura and bright smile bring them around.

In seasons one and two, we learn a lot about Jess, her three roommates Nick, Schmidt and Winston, and her best friend Cece.

Nick, played by Jake Johnson, is a heartbroken bartender who spends a good portion of season one wrapped up in his recent break up.

Schmidt, played by Max Greenfield, is shallow and overly-confident, spending most of each episode making rude comments. The problem continues to the point of making a douche-bag jar where he must deposit money for the things he says. Schmidt also takes a liking to Cece, who eventually develops feelings for him as well.

Winston, played by Lamorne Morris, is a competitive child at heart and has difficulty readjusting to life in the U.S. after playing basketball in Latvia for two years.

Cece, played by Hannah Simone, is a beautiful, tough, street-smart model of East Indian descent who has been friends with Jess since they were children. Cece provides not only the role of best friend, but also as eye candy for the men of the apartment as well as the viewers.

Back when the pilot was aired, we could feel the humor the show had to offer.

“New Girl” presents the tale of four adults who haven’t quite gotten their lives figured out. They live in a loft in California. They share drinking games and strange secrets that keep audiences entertained week after week.

Unlike many TV shows on air, character story lines stay very consistent throughout the course of the show. There are no confusing one-episode changes in character just for one episode to work out a desired way. Instead, the characters feel like real, living people.

Of course, these characters and situations are exaggerated from real life. Even so, “New Girl” possesses many relatable people and events for its audience. Each character has at least one trait or circumstance that fans can associate with.

For instance, with unemployment rampant, many can relate to being out of a job due to downsizing. Reflecting this situation, Jess and Winston deal with job hunts and have to take jobs different from the ones they previously held. Jess goes from an elementary school teacher to teaching adults creative writing. Winston goes from playing basketball to babysitting and then radio.

Nick represents the cheap people that we all know. He’s the friend who is always borrowing money for lunch and never paying you back. He’s the guy who won’t pay a plumber to fix the kitchen sink but would instead figure out a way to mend it himself. Nick is the person in our lives that doesn’t want to go out on a Friday night because it costs more than he wants to spend.

Schmidt represents those who are obsessive and controlling. Like Monica in “Friends” or Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory,” he keeps things organized and clean around the apartment. He takes over Thanksgiving dinner and won’t let any dirty hands help. Schmidt even throws a fit when he finds out that Nick has been using his towel.

The show has grown more than expected, with lots of character development that makes you care about Jess and her friends.

A must-watch show filled with lots of laughs and Zooey Deschanel melodies.