New Girl: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1
New Girl

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Zooey Deschanel 's offbeat style gets a worthy showcase in New Girl, and while It can get awfully cutesy at times, the show benefits from witty writing and a strong supporting cast.



Critic Ratings: 38


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User Ratings: 464

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Air date: Sep 20, 2011

Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) is crushed to catch her boyfriend cheating on her, and promptly sets out to find a new place to live in the series premiere. She meets three single guys who have an open room in their loft, and tries to convince them that she's the new roommate they're looking for.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2011

The guys help Jess get her stuff out of her ex's apartment, and Winston (Lamorne Morris), their old roommate, returns from playing basketball overseas and moves back into the loft.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2011

The guys are invited to a wedding, and Nick is fearful that he'll run into his ex (Mary Elizabeth Ellis), so he asks Jess to be his date. Meanwhile, Winston takes his role as usher very seriously, and Schmidt catches the eye of two women (Katie Cassidy, Natasha Lyonne).

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Air date: Nov 1, 2011

Nick lands a date with an attractive coworker (Lake Bell), but then Jess accidentally walks in on him naked and her laughter makes his self-confidence plummet to an all-time low. Meanwhile, Winston studies up on pop-culture references.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2011

Cece crashes at the loft after breaking up with her beau, and Schmidt relentlessly tries to seal the deal with her. Meanwhile, Jess becomes convinced that Nick wants to be more than friends.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2011

The gang hosts Thanksgiving dinner at the loft, and Jess invites a colleague (Justin Long) whom she always had a crush on.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2011

Jess gets jealous of Winston when he joins her youth handbell quartet and steals the spotlight with his natural talent. Meanwhile, the toilet at the loft breaks, and Nick and Schmidt have different ideas on how to fix it.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2011

Jess seeks sex advice from the guys after deciding to take her relationship with Paul to the next level; Schmidt weasels his way into his boss's baby shower to compete with his office female counterpart.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2011

The roommates attend Schmidt's holiday office party; Jess frets when she receives an extravagant gift from Paul.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2012

Schmidt is turning 29, and Jess takes charge when plans for his birthday party fall apart. Meanwhile, Nick has his first date with a beautiful lawyer who's harboring a secret.

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A sitcom centered on Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel), a twentysomething teacher who shares a loft in Los Angeles with three single guys. In the show's first series, Jess breaks up with her longtime boyfriend and moves in with her new roommates, which include law-school dropout Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) and womanizer Schmidt (Max Greenfield). The third loft mate, Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), moves out after the pilot episode (due to Wayans returning to his "Happy Endings" series). He's replaced by Nick's childhood friend Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris), who has recently returned to the U.S. after playing basketball professionally in Latvia. Hannah Simone rounds out the cast as Jess' best friend, Cece, a model who catches Schmidt's eye. Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney both have recurring guest-star arcs as guys that Jess dates after her breakup.

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Critic Reviews for New Girl Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (20)

Deschanel proves she's truly an ensemble player, balancing Jess' flights of fancy with a relatable empathy for her TV buddies.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm a Zooey-holic. I love this show, because I love the wide-eyed star, who is fully engaged in her role here.

Sep 20, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

If you love Zooey Deschanel, this one's for you.

Sep 20, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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It's funny and cute.

Sep 20, 2011 | Full Review…
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The most encouraging thing about New Girl is that the opening episode doesn't let its characters settle in as the stereotypes they could easily become.

Sep 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Deschanel has the same instant appeal America Ferrera had in ABC's Ugly Betty.

Sep 20, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The show has an exceptional way of blending all these colourful characters into one smooth painting.

Jul 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, New Girl's first season is a great case study of a new show adjusting its tone and personality on the fly over the course of a freshman season.

Feb 24, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

New Girl might just be the best comedy that the network has made as of yet. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 23, 2018 | Full Review…

If you can deal with Jess's kookiness and the stereotypes are toned down, New Girl may turn out to be a very knowing and truthful comedy of modern manners.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

New Girl has a lot of great qualities but, like Jess, it needs to learn when to hold back and stop trying so hard to make a good first impression.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I am proudly on Team Zooey is Awesome, making New Girl my favorite new comedy of the fall.

Sep 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for New Girl: Season 1

  • Oct 20, 2020
    Funny! Relatable characters, good pacing. It was quirky and fun and overall enjoyable. Shmidt is a standout.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    It's really good, like really good. Has the same kind of energy as 'How I met your mother' but with a more diverse cast. Congratulations to the casting director because the Actors are amazing. The plot is engaging and I have no complaints overall. It's not one of those shows that you need to watch before you die, but it is very enjoyable.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    I LOVE IT!! Jess, Nick, and Winston are the best! (Schmidt is a little annoying..) I just started watching it 4 days ago and I'm already on Season 3 episode 5 🙂 So much has happened, and it's impossible to get bored. The characters also have great chemistry, and I actually cried on episode two when they were all doing the chicken dance with "A Groovy Kind of Love" playing in the background. (It was so sweet! 😢) Overall I think you should totally watch it.
  • Jul 06, 2020
    it's fine 70% of the time. sometimes it gets too weird tho.
  • May 06, 2020
    The show New Girl is an amazing show to watch because it is first of all hilarious, it captures a great friendship, that you immediately fall in love with. Each of the characters embodies a different personality. They show that sometimes life can be messy and that is okay. I felt so realxed watching the show it's amazing. Towards the end of the season. I was wishing for a friendship just like in the group.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    Fun show with a funny cast, a little over stereotypical but I still enjoy the light hearted kooky jokes. Watching New Girl, it feels like the cast and crew were having a good time making the show!
  • Jul 21, 2019
    While it's amusing and easy to watch, it perpetuates ditzy girl stereotype. Can't we have smart strong funny women who don't need to use sexuality to be desirable?
  • Jun 03, 2017
    Zooey Descehanel's charm and luster are undeniably the force carrying the early seasons.
  • Nov 03, 2016
    I love new girl always a way to make me laugh
  • Feb 28, 2016
    New Girl is funny, cute, and overall one of the bigger disappointments in TV in past years. With all the hype and positive reviews, people were led to believe we had a new HIMYM or Friends sitcom, but New Girl does not quite reach those heights. Deschanel shows why she is so charming (and annoying) to fans and every character has their moments of slapstick mixed with head-scratching lines. I hear the show improves in later seasons, but Season 1 was a promising but mixed bag.

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