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"New Girl"

I am shocked -- shocked, I tell you! -- to discover that the "New Girl" pilot actually made me laugh! More than once! I'm not generally a fan of sit-coms (understatement), but I thought I'd give this one a try because I'd heard some good things & I really liked Zooey Deschanel in the excellent indie romcom film (500) Days of Summer. Plus, she's gorgeous, and even us straight gals can enjoy watching a beautiful woman upon occasion.

I quite like the sense of humor that permeates the show's writing, the supportive (and yet not saccharine) friendships among the characters charmed me, and some of the actors are fondly familiar, such as Max Greenfield, who played the adorable Deputy Leo D'Amato on "Veronica Mars."

I had set the TiVo to tape the pilot, but had 100% assumed that I wouldn't want to watch any of the show beyond that. In fact, I expected that I might not watch the pilot in its entirety, since sit-coms often annoy me with the stupidity of their humor and I doubted I'd have the stomach to watch an entire 30 minutes.

Color me surprised.

As Shannon points out, we've been disappointed before by interesting pilots that led to terrible series (e.g., 2007's obviously Clerks-inspired Reaper), but I'm willing to give "New Girl" another couple episodes to see what they do with it.

Were we the only ones who watched it? Anyone else have an opinion?

In other news, I was very very sick pretty much all day today, and I blame the antibiotics. Two more days of suffering, and then I will be free.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 27th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
I loooooved the show. It was everything I adore in comedy. Can't wait for more more more.
Sep. 27th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
There was so much lovely use of hyperbole and irony! And repetition for humorous effect! I particularly loved that end scene in the restaurant, with the guys singing the song from "Dirty Dancing" even though they didn't know the words. I think it charmed me so very much because of the earlier scenes in which the guys showed such an utter lack of understanding re: Jess's obsession with the movie. Their singing to her showed this really sweet willingness to approach her in a way that she could understand, a way that would actually comfort her, while putting their own usual judgmental attitudes toward "girl stuff." It said a lot about who they are as people, deep down.

I also liked the "douche" jar, for when Schmidt said stupid things. It was a nice self-referential touch, with the characters inside the story commenting on the quality of the characterization/dialogue. I love stuff like that!
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
I really liked it! I went into it assuming it was going to be awful and I was going to be sad about poor Zooey's terrible show, but I was pleasantly surprised as well.
Oct. 4th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I liked it more than I thought I would. Zooey Deschanel is extremely lovely, as always, and she plays dorky/nerdy pretty well.
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