Who’s That Girl? 10 Reasons to Watch New Girl
When you move somewhere new, as I have just done, you find yourself relentlessly clinging to the bits of familiarity that remain. In my case, this currently manifests as a trio of cuddly toys on my bed, reading Harry Potter, But most of all? watching the greatest of E4’s US sitcom imports, New Girl.
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New Girl, in summary, features the lives of four flatmates, Jess, Nick, Shmidt and Winston. More offbeat than Friends but with just as much soul, it skips the canned laughter and concentrates on the complexities of trying to live adult lives. Such gushing odes to TV shows are not unusual for me – see also my devotion to Made in Chelsea – and realistically, New Girl is no different from my other obsessions. It stems primarily from the notion that it depicts the twenty to thirty-something years we all wish we had – great friends, memorable if slightly implausible daily anecdotes and a cool but not uncomfortably hipster loft in which to reside. No tension, no arguments about washing up or council tax, no endlessly long work days. And watching an episode makes me feel as though those things don’t ever exist in real life either.
At the risk of sounding existentially melancholy, TV shows can provide us (read: me) with the slightly depressing social anchor that is initially missing if you’re somewhere new or different. And like any good form of escapism, there’s method in the madness. If you don’t watch New Girl, here are 10 reasons why you should.
- Jess (Zooey Deschanel) provides an odd kind of blueprint for how the vast majority of girls want to be. Silly, feminine, but essentially independent and positive. All with a sprinkling of TV-produced uniqueness and several pairs of fake eyelashes.
- Schmidt. Schmidt alone. I can’t put in to words why.
- Nick’s unusual hotness. Not classic, but worth a look.
- The fact that none of the characters are intimidatingly successful; they all have nice, unthreatening, middle of the road occupations.
- The emerging love between Nick and Jess. A new Ross and Rachel?
- Zooey Deschanel’s hair is really, really nice.
Jess, hair to rival K-Middy
- There’s just the right amount of plot development to keep you watching each week, but not enough to throw you off completely if you miss an episode.
- The idea that a girl and three guys can all live together and it’ll be clean and fun.
- ‘True American’ – which has spawned copycat drinking games across the country (so I’m told).
- The series are satisfyingly long. By the time E4 finishes one series, the next is already out in America. The obsession continues.
Yes, real folk are better than these fictitious creations. And yes, it is confusing how they afford such a nice apartment in LA on a bartender’s salary. But hey – there’s nowhere I’d rather be come Tuesday at 9pm.