Welcome to The Indiependent’s Top TV of the Decade! In today’s feature, Holly Patrick takes a look at an arguably underrated sit-com, Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl…
Good American sitcoms were hard to come by in the noughties. Then in 2011, Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) moved into a loft with some strangers in Los Angeles.
New Girl follows the story of Jess after she comes home to find her then-boyfriend with another woman, and, like any sensible renter, decides to move in with three men from Craigslist: Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris), and Nick (Jake Johnson). Though it inherently appeals to all of us who’ve spent hours poring over Spareroom in the hope of finding a normal-ish flatmate, it also offers a sincere yet hilarious take on friendships and relationships.
Rarely does a TV show with more than five seasons continue to make us laugh, but New Girl smashed it out the park. From the Brooklyn 99 crossover to Winston finally realising he’s colourblind and every game of True American (the rules are still up for debate), it never ran out of steam.
Like many others, I mourned the death of New Girl, hard. The characters were bold, with heartwarming bromances and budding relationships I prayed so hard would work out. In some episodes, they never left the loft; it didn’t matter. Wherever Jess and co. were, it was guaranteed to give me belly laughs.
Words by Holly Patrick