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  • Spenser Davis
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    #231000

    I’ve decided to start this thread because, I’ll be honest, I’m really taking to this show. There is something very sweet about the way the characters interact; the sexual attraction between Jess and her three male roommates is minimal, and the series is better for it. In addition to that, each character is growing episode-by-episode, which I think is necessary if there is going to be any longevity to this series.

     

    Pilot

    This episode is best when viewed as, like any comedic pilot, an establishment of the characters we’ll be spending a long time with from here on out. Jess has her list of quirks, but Deschanel’s performance keeps her from falling into the trap of becoming the “annoying geek-girl.” She quotes Lord of the Rings, she cries to Dirty Dancing, and she makes up theme songs at random. But she’s endearing. The weakness of the pilot is the lack of depth it gives to its three men — Schmidt, Nick, and Coach. Schmidt is the sex-hungry work-out addict, Nick is the insecure fella with a comfort blanket of sorts (in the form of a hoodie) and Coach is impatient and crass. That is the extent to what we learn about the men. And though Coach is only in this single episode (because of the actor’s Happy Endings commitment), we still will learn more about each man in the following episodes. B+

     

    Kryptonite

    Most shows featuring a girl post-break-up would leave the plot thread of the ex-boyfriend dangling for eternity. But here, Jess still has most of her stuff at his house, including her large flat-screen. And when she accidentally breaks her roommates’ television, she is forced to visit with ex-boyfriend Spencer, whose long hair seems to have a magical control over her. This episode was not necessarily the funniest of the three, but it featured a step that the character of Jess needed to take: leaving Spence behind and joining her house full of men once and for all. Seeing them stand up for her, each adorning a uniquely colorful hat, was the kind of sweet moment I think this series could really use to make itself stand out from the other TV comedies out there right now. The characters matter here, even if some jokes fall flat. We also meet Winston, who has returned from playing B-ball overseas to replace Coach in the apartment; not sure I’m fond of the character just yet, but time will tell. The character that is growing on me, though, is Schmidt. I thought he would be a one-note character, spewing douchebaggery whenever it seemed called for, and for a time, he does do that. But he’s so unashamedly douchey at times that it is almost admirable. He’s full of himself, but at least he’s man enough to own up to it. Hearing him step up to the plate and growl, “Girl made a lot of jam, Spence,” you get the feeling he’d kill for Jess if need be. Even his dumb come-back (“You got some Schmidt on your face”) seems right coming from him. B+

     

    Wedding

    Another episode of transition, of character development, of leaving behind loose strands. Only this time around, the character who is moving on is Nick. After obsessing over his ex Caroline since before the pilot episode, he finally has to face reality that nothing is ever going to happen between the two of them. One of the best moments in the episode is when Caroline comes up to Nick and Jess, who is posing as his new girlfriend. In an attempt to make his ex jealous, Jess talks about how wild Nick has been these past few months (“So much doing it,” she says, almost dreamily). If a girl who looked like Deschanel grabbed hold of me in front of an ex, I would be a happy man; but Deschanel sells it, as Jess is alternately (or simultaneously, even) sexy and awkward. Subplots like Winston facing off against a rival usher lent little to no comedy to the episode. But what we learn about Schmidt helps us understand a little more about his behavior the past two episodes — in college, he was the fat kid, which explains why he’s constantly bragging about his body; also, he admits having a weakness for a very raunchy college buddy named Gretchen. For a man who prides himself in being “oh so fly,” we see him caught off-guard more than once here. And, of course, the slow-motion chicken dance at the end was a pretty great callback to the beginning of the episode. B-

     

    Look, truth be told, this is not the funniest new comedy of the season. But it is definitely my favorite. I’m buying the characters more and more the longer I watch. And when the jokes are essentially all character-based, I can be appreciative of that. I love word play as much as the next man, but I prefer it when the show has characters that I can actually care about.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #231002

    I thought this show already had a thread. I like this show very much. All three episodes have been fun to watch, they just need to rethink a couple of stuff starting with Winston. That character isn’t working out and neither is the actor. They really can’t seem to get him right and he’s not even remotely funny.

    This last episode proved that the other two guys are a perfect match for Zooey/Jess, but the other guy has to go. I don’t even know why she needed 3 roommates in the first place. After the Damon Wayans thing happened, they could’ve just kept the two guys and Jess.

    Also points for at least attempting to create something good with the title card. Can’t believe none of the other shows even tried (apparently American Horror Story has a good one).

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    Pieman1994
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    #231003

    The wedding episode was strange. There were a lot of good things about it, but it also felt a little sluggish at times.

    Zooey Deschanel is headed towards some awards, no doubt. She’s fantastic and she carries so much of the show. I mean, I get that she’s the lead, but there are other sitcoms where supporting castmates are more enjoyable than the lead. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    #231004

    There’s a fine line between adorably quirky and psychotic, and Jess in “New Girl” keeps crossing that line. Zooey Deschanel is actually quite adorable, and I thought she was radiant in “(500) Days of Summer,” but the show is pushing its quirk card so hard that she’s occasionally insufferable, like a grown woman stuck at the intelligence and maturity level of a 10-year-old.

    But the show isn’t terrible. The writing is often very funny, but they need to dial this character way, way, way down.

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    Film Turtle
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    #231005

    Max Greenfield and Jake M. Johnson were the total MVPs here. They were genuinely funny and committed to some aggressively quirky material. This was the first time in three episodes where I saw how the ensemble could really work together. I could see Greenfield as a potential Emmy nominee. But I agree that Deschanel’s character is borderline psychotic. It’s not funny, just creepy. Maybe that’s the intention? But Greenfield and Johnson seem to be grounding the weirdness in genuine emotion, whereas Deschanel is all over the place and one step away from stabbing them all to death in their sleep.

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    Denis
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    #231006

    That was a good episode, Deschanel is amazing, and I also like the guy who plays Schmidt, the measuring Nick’s ” pee-pee ” scene was awesome.

    Episode Grade: B+

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    Teproc
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    #231007

    To me, this is the episode that proves that this show has a future, because it was the first time I didn’t feel like I was watching The Zooey Deschanel Show. In fact, I loved this episode despite the fact that Deschanel was probably the worst part of it : Jake Johnson was hilarious, particularly in the dance scene, and Greenfield and Morris were both good too.

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    adamunc
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    Jess is not cute-neurotic, she’s annoying-neurotic, which has put me off this show. And the subplot last night was forced and just plain weird. I have never, ever felt that the quality of my friendship with another guy was in any way impacted by whether or not I had seen his penis. Also the guy playing Schmidt has blindingly white legs. I’m still seeing spots.

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    BrandoObsession
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    #231009

    That was a good episode, Deschanel is amazing, and I also like the guy who plays Schmidt, the measuring Nick’s ” pee-pee ” scene was awesome.

    I concur. I laughed so hard during this scene and of course, when he tells Nick that “it’s what best friends do!” in the bathroom. LoL 

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    Trent
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    #231010

    Finally an episode of New Girl instead of The Zooey Show.

    Jake Johnson was great here. He was so funny, and this is a tape for him on the slim chance he gets nominated.

    Grade: A-
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    Film Turtle
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    Jess is not cute-neurotic, she’s annoying-neurotic, which has put me off this show. And the subplot last night was forced and just plain weird. I have never, ever felt that the quality of my friendship with another guy was in any way impacted by whether or not I had seen his penis. Also the guy playing Schmidt has blindingly white legs. I’m still seeing spots.

    I would imagine most guys feel that way. Hence the comedy…

    Max Greenfield plays Schmidt (forever Deputy Leo from “Veronica Mars” for me) and he’s committed to this role in a really unusual way that I find hilarious, but I get how people could see differently. As for Jess, she is so aggressively quirky that I would probably end up killing her if we had to live together and I’m a peacenik. I really hope they tone her waa-aaa-aay down. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    #231012

    Tonight’s episode was HILARIOUS! I laughed throughout. This was the best episode of the season so far and it hit all the right notes while giving the characters room to breathe and grow. Everyone played their part here, and the characters are becoming believable and endearing within their universe. Definitely my favorite comedy of the season.

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    BrandoObsession
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    #231013

    Max Greenfield is starting to break out in the series for me. Between him and Jake Johnson, the “supporting cast” is finally coming along. That little scene between Nick and Jess at the pharmacy was hilarious. Glad to see CeCe in more than one scene. Having him and Schmidt in this weird relationship will sure integrate her character and I’m curious how that would work. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^I agree. Max Greenfield has really found his footing as Schmidt, and his scenes with Hannah Simone’s CeCe were great. Jake Johnson remains the most natural and effortless of the male cast, and his pharmacy scene with Jess was hilarious and cute; I loved it. It was nice to see CeCe get some decent screentime here, and Zooey Deschanel (and the writers) toned Jess down quite a bit without sacrificing the quirkiness that makes her unique. I think this was the best that she, Greenfield, and Johnson have been so far. I’d say this is an Emmy tape for the series and for Greenfield.

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    Denis
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    #231015

    That’s the first A+ episode of the series, I think it almost guarantee a best comedy nod on the globes and probably it will break through in several categories including writing at the emmys. As you people already said here, Greenfield is very natural, very likeable character and so is Schmidt, Lamorne Morris is also starting to find his way on the show, anyway, awesome episode.

    Episode Grade: A+
    MVP: Whole Cast

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