In Defense of “New Girl”

New Girl. Zooey Deschanel. Two very polarizing subjects. By now, three weeks into the fall TV season, I’m sure we’ve all formed our opinions on New Girl, and even if you haven’t seen it yet (what are you waiting for?!) you’ve probably heard people gushing about it or talking about how obnoxious Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess is. I, for one, look forward to watching it every Tuesday night (9 EST, 8 Central on FOX!), but I do not enjoy Wednesday mornings when episode recaps are pretty harsh and the comments sections below are even harsher. I mean, come on. If you hate something so much why are you wasting your time reading and commenting on it?

I’m here to defend New Girl because I’m tired of people saying Zooey Deschanel is so adorable (I do agree we need to get rid of that word. It’s been run into the ground already) and that’s the whole basis of the show. I’m tired of hearing that she’s too quirky and weird and that she’s trying too hard to be this way. Sorry, but if anyone of these people were around me and my friends for an extended period of time, they would instantly hate us. Jess would fit in nicely with us because, you know, maybe sometimes we talk in weird voices around each other. We’re just really cool like that.

The problem, in my opinion, is that people don’t realize girls like this really exist. They think we should fit into one of three categories: A) the hard-working, too busy for a social life, type A personality kind of girl B) the homely, crazy cat lady, doesn’t have a social life because she doesn’t know how to have a social life kind of girl or C) the hipster, too cool for school, I’m so angry because I hate my life type of girls. Honestly, on a day-to-day basis, I’d rather hang out with Jess. She’s fun, she mime-walks at wedding receptions, she knows how to have a good time and doesn’t care who’s watching and she can make Jam! What else do you need in a gal pal?

There’s also a lot of backlash about the roommates. Schmidt is too much of a douchebag (but hands down delivers some of the best lines. “Rosh hashanah.. Oh-SIX!”), Winston is useless and not Damon Wayans, Jr., Nick is the obvious future romantic interest for Jess. Sure, they do all fit into certain categories right now, but we’re only three episodes into the season. How much character development can you expect at this point? It doesn’t bother me right now. I think it’s important to see them work well with each other first before developing them, otherwise they’re just these well-formed characters talking at each other.

Not to say that there aren’t any flaws with the show. One review pointed out the out-dated use of hillbilly teeth in the wedding episode and I kind of have to agree with that. It was a little odd, but then again Jess doesn’t seem like the type of girl to keep up with the ever-changing trends of prop gags, so I’ll let it slide this time.

One thing I’d really like to see is Jess at her day job. She’s a teacher. What age? We don’t yet know, but we do know that she dressed up as Galileo for astronomy day, beard and all. I think that could be an episode all on it’s own and I want to see it. I’m also ready for the Jess and Nick storyline to begin. It’s obvious from the get-go that that’s where these two characters are headed and I’m ok with that. One might not have ever thought that doing the Chicken Dance could be sweet, but Nick proves us wrong in the video below. At first it looks like it will be a sweet moment between Jess and Nick, but it’s sweet in a completely different way. It also shows how well the cast works together and how much fun they seem to be having. Also, a good example of Schmidt’s spot-on delivery, when he says completely hypnotized, “That looks like so much fun.”


14 thoughts on “In Defense of “New Girl”

  1. I can’t speak for the show, but I can say that for me, it’s not the “weird voices” that Zooey uses, but her actual voice. Her voice gets on my nerves (see also: Minka Kelly).

  2. I am LOVING New Girl! Girls like this (aka me!) really do exist, and we’re fun, and happy, and love being goofballs without people judging us. More power to the writers, to Zooey and to her costars! πŸ˜€

  3. Molly, I’ve been trying to get to CP all day to comment on this. Love, love, love. The whole post. Very strong.

    And I don’t know what you’re talking about with the voices. (So what, who cares?!)


  4. I’m really glad to see so many people are enjoying this show. I was a total hater based on the previews alone. A few minutes into the pilot, I was in LOVE. Remained a bit skeptical due to them replacing DWJ, but you know what? That Winston dude is winning me over. I LOVE this show. Kudos to you for this excellent defense.

  5. I actually really like this show, too. It’s nice to see a different kind of female character. You know, one who isn’t a cop, lawyer, or (in most cases) set dressing. As for the guy characters. Who cares about them? This is a one-woman show. They’re props.

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