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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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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.


Kali Hawk
as Shelby
Phil Hendrie
as Joe Napoli
Rachael Harris
as Tanya Lamontage
Lake Bell
as Amanda
Joey King
as Brianna
David Neher
as Benjamin
Matt Besser
as Martin Fuller
Ajay Vidure
as Brendan
Angela McEwan
as Marjorie
Jack Axelrod
as Charlie
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Deschanel proves she's truly an ensemble player, balancing Jess' flights of fancy with a relatable empathy for her TV buddies.

September 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.

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

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

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

September 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.

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

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

September 20, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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