New Girl: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)



Critic Consensus: 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.


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Air date: Sep 20, 2011
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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 (35) | 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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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

Zooey Descehanel's charm and luster are undeniably the force carrying the early seasons.

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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.

Zooey Deschanel is both intriguing and exciting. She makes this show.

The writing and the acting for this show is so overwhelmingly fantastic. The plots and the characters have me completely addicted. I'm in love.

The show started out with charm and promise, mainly due to the charm provide by Zooey Deschanel. But the changing of the cast and the simple minded jokes quickly got old. They lost me after a handful of episodes.

Strong performances from Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield (as well as relatable characters) help move the show along, but New Girl's first season fails to hit the best notes.

Zooey Deschanel's show New Girl is the funniest thing on television today, period. I watched this show from the pilot, and after the first five episodes, I had just about given up all hope on it. Luckily, the characters settled into there personalities and the writing improved significantly, leading to some of the best episodes of the series (Fancyman). Zooey Deschanel also toned down her quirkiness, which was originally at preposterous levels, leaving her as offbeat as ever, but not unbearably annoying. I have to count some points off for the first few episodes, but overall, this is a great season of laugh out loud television.

The series brings nothing new to the genre, but Zooey Deschanel shows a sympathetic character.

Watched the whole first season. The show can be funny, but also sentimental and heartwarming when it wants to be. The characters are likeable and the cast is perfect. The stories lack hooza, but the cast is able to make up for that with some pretty witty dialogue. The show is charming, funny, and just overall enjoyable. We have a hit here! Plus, I'm having fun with the underlining Nick and Jess flirtation that is presented in the first few episodes. A-

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