New Girl: Season 5 (2016)


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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

In the Season 5 premiere, Cece and Schmidt ask Jess and Nick to be maid of honor and best man at their wedding, so the two bridal-party members start to arrange an engagement party. But things take an unusual turn after Jess invites Cece's mom to the affair.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2016

Jess is ready to date again, but is disappointed in the dud spud she lands, and things get complicated when she takes a serious liking to his perfectly fun parents. Meanwhile, Nick and Schmidt's individual ideas about how to run the bar don't mix.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2016

Jess is unable to sustain her excitement about jury duty after finding out she may be in line for a promotion at work. Meanwhile, Nick hits the ceiling over the mess Cece's made of the loft.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2016

While Jess is sequestered at jury duty, Nick rents out the loft to earn money to help pay for Schmidt's bachelor party. Meanwhile, Winston suspects KC is being unfaithful and asks Cece for help learning the truth.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

Nick's cousin and his wife visit with a very special request, which prompts Schmidt to offer Nick a glimpse into the future. Meanwhile, Winston and Cece shop for a wedding dress.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2016

While Jess is on jury duty, the gang sublets her room to a comely pharmaceutical rep who brings quite a charge to their lives.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2016

Schmidt and Cece's relatonship is impacted by lovestruck Nick's attraction to Reagan, so they try to make her appear somewhat less alluring. Meanwhile, Winston schools Reagan in the art of breaking up.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2016

Reagan causes chaos when she tells Nick and Winston that she will only sleep with one of them, in an attempt to challenge the guys' indecisiveness. Meanwhile, Schmidt is reunited with his college frenemy, Benjamin, when he looks at wedding venues with Cece.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2016

Things heat up between Nick and Reagan over who can provide the loft with the best air conditioning unit. Meanwhile, Winston uses his "cop voice" to help Schmidt prep Cece for a newscaster audition.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2016

Jess returns from jury duty and tries to uncover the real identity of a juror sequestered with her. Meanwhile, Reagan prepares to move out of the loft and out of Nick's life; and Winston and Cece help Schmidt get over his fear of public dancing.

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Season 5 of the quirky comedy features a lot of changes for the whole gang. Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) deal with their engagement and planning the wedding, wondering what married life will be like; Jess (Zooey Deschanel) meets someone from her past and starts a relationship with him; Winston (Lamorne Morris) becomes a hero when he saves a boy's life; Nick (Jake Johnson) takes his job at the restaurant more seriously and becomes a tougher boss. When Jess is called away for jury duty, the others rent out her room to Reagan (guest star Megan Fox), whose lifestyle and past make everyone else question their relationship with each other.


Lamorne Morris
as Winston
Max Greenfield
as Schmidt
Megan Fox
as Reagan
Anna George
as Priyanka
Steve Agee
as Outside Dave
John Cho
as Daniel Grant
Rob Riggle
as Big Schmidt
Fred Melamed
as J. Cronkite Valley-Forge
Elizabeth Berkley
as Becky Cavatappi
as Himself
John Vance
as Coroner Thricegood
David Neher
as Benjamin
Ethan Sandler
as Juror 9C
Steve Monroe
as Tom McQuaid
Alyssa Preston
as Gigi McQuaid
Chloe Noelle
as Crystal McQuaid
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Critic Reviews for New Girl Season 5

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Seeing Fox's fivesome back together after a long break is a refreshing experience for sitcom savants, but it may also be time for the band to break up.

Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's the sort of New Girl that didn't have me laughing every minute, but did have me smiling for most of its running length.

Jan 6, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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While New Girl continues to churn out solid jokes, its new season suffers from repetitive plotlines.

Jan 5, 2016 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Season 5 makes its debut in a way that feels both like a reunion among long separated friends and their realization that times are a-changing.

Jan 13, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

After all, people can change, but certain parts of one's personality usually don't. And fortunately, New Girl's writers are smart enough to have realized that the time had come to push their characters forward without changing who they truly are.

Jan 6, 2016 | Full Review…

In the end, I was reminded why I have always stuck with this show - the friendship.

Jan 6, 2016 | Rating: 4.4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for New Girl: Season 5

  • Aug 27, 2020
    i feel like somehow the writers were different here, than the previous seasons.. the comedy became typical sitcom comedy, it just wasnt as funny or tight as previous seasons.. and the acting dropped as well. still love it, but something felt off here.
  • Jun 14, 2017
    Starting to slide a bit, still good.
  • Jun 03, 2017
    By season 5, New Girl has started to lose its fresh feel. While still remaining entertaining (especially the antics of Lamorne Morris), the romantic tensions that served as the raison d'etre in the past have grown trite.
  • Jan 09, 2017
    i forgot to pay attention to see if this season continues the 4.0 level of the previous season so i left it at my original rating (2 viewings)
  • Sep 26, 2016
    It's just gotten boring now, and lost it's humor. I haven't seen Season 4 in a year, but if I remember correctly, it was still there then.
  • Sep 24, 2016
    Very disappointed.. Why would they take out Jess for most of the season? I love the other characters, but Jess is a huge part of it. Megan fox was not funny at all. She didn't fit the show at all and we found it very boring. It's like taking Joey out of friends and putting some hot guy in that's not funny. Would have ruined the show.
  • Sep 23, 2016
    This show can be so hard to watch. I absolutely love every character except Nick and Jess. I feel like they purposely make Nick so lazy and annoying. If this is a bit, it's old and worn out. Just stop. Zooey Deschanel has proven her versatility as an actress but this show makes her stay the ditzy and overzealous friend who just doesn't stop talking or singing everything. It's hard to grasp that she actually has relationships in this show because her character is always acting like a child even in her workplace. The show has more than enough seasons but her character seems to never really grasp growing up. This show lacks realistic character development for Nick and Jess.
  • Mar 24, 2016
    Everything that used to be funny and clever and interesting about this show has evaporated this season. New writers or something? Bad jokes and zero character development.
  • Mar 02, 2016
    New Girl has gone to sh** this season. Megan Fox is a crummy replacement for Zooey Deschanel. No longer interested in the show. The plot line is unbearable.
  • Feb 09, 2016
    This show is my life.

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