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Why “New Girl” May Be The Worst New Show On Television

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Last week started out with a bang, with what amounted to about a dozen new shows plus the start of the Fall season for all our favorites.

One of the shows that really caught my eye was a comedy starring the adorkable (I stole that from my roommate who was quoting a writer) Zooey Deschanel called New Girl. Now, for those who have seen Zooey act in movies like (500) Days of Summer, it’s hard not to fall in love with her. She has this natural quirky style, yet exudes a suppressed cuteness, She’s All That style.

The new show is about a girl named Jess who moves in with three (or is it four?) guys, living in what can best be described as a bachelor pad. Jess is the quintessential dorky, nerdy, awkward girl. And therein lies the problem.

Rather than having Zooey Deschanel act like the way she is normally which is an adorable and dorky girl, they had her “act” like how they thought a stereotypical, over-the-top geek would act. Imagine they cast you, the reader, as a rocket scientist. You are likely not one so what you end up doing is a lot of snorting and pushing up on the bridge of your horn-rimmed glasses. I mean, after all, that’s what people expect a rocket scientist to be like, right?

I want Zooey to act like Zooey. She’s dorky enough in real life to pull it off. Instead, you get this character, Jess, that tries too hard to be awkward. Instead of being endearing, it’s extremely uncomfortable and unsexy.

The other problem with the show is that it’s clear after just two episodes that it’s going to be highly formulaic. Just like how House follows a clear pattern, so does New Girl. Each episode is about how Jess has some lame problem to deal with and turns it into a disaster. Then the guys, who have lives of their own, give up their day (or date), to rescue her and give her support. It’s an effective storyline because a guy who has better things to do yet giving up his time to help his hopeless female roommate is more dramatic than a regular nice guy doing the same.

I am just waiting for the episode where they remake her into a sexy girl in a tight-fitting red dress. We know it’s coming.

9 Responses to “Why “New Girl” May Be The Worst New Show On Television”


  • ur wrong. its a good show, wether she acts like a nerd or not, its called acting

  • What? No!! that’s so wrong, it’s a great show! It’s a GOOD thing Zooey doesn’t act like all of her other characters. Because Jess is a unique character. And yes, it’s called ACTING. And if you didn’t notice, Zooey herself also wrote and produces the show!!!

  • I cant agree more with this blog. It is the worst show I have seen in a long while – it even take the prize for least funny show from Ugly Betty, which I previously thought was an impossible task. Hopefully it will be axed very soon and the world will be rid of this monstrosity.

  • The acting on New Girl is absolutely awful. Every actor sounds like they’re reading their lines from a piece of paper for the first time. The jokes are cheesy and corny as heck. The whole show needs to pay the douchebag jar.

  • There are no words to describe how bad this show is.

  • I never thought about why its so bad, but it really really is. I can’t believe it hasn’t been cancelled yet. I keep giving it another chance, but its so damn stupid. WORST show on TV, and I watch a lot of TV.

  • no! seriously one of my favorite show. and excuse me but I “am” jess.almost exactly like her so by insulting the show you are insulting me!

  • I feel like anyone who likes this show has half a brain. It’s not funny. The characters are annoying and idiot frat boy types. I’ve tried watching it multiple times because it comes on after a show I like on Hulu, and every time I start to watch New Girl – my mouth hangs open out of shock how stupid it is – and sometimes I just stare emotionless at the screen because it does absolutely nothing for me. It is so so so bad. I don’t think I could ever be friends with someone who likes this stupid show.

    For example, how is this a joke? This is a “line” from the show. “If I want to see midgets eat I’d go to Korean town.” The dudes are total sexist creepers and Zoey is so annoying in how she tries so hard to be cute but it’s not actually cute because it’s obvious she is trying to look so cute which is annoying. Nothing redeeming about this show.

  • There are few shows I would deem “unwatchable” but New Girl fits this description for me. I’ve tried a few times but each time can’t get through more than five minutes. It’s almost hard to succinctly encapsulate its badness. Maybe that’s part of the appeal for people who like it. If I had to throw some adjectives out there: unfunny, vapid, forced, irritating…and unfunny come to mind.

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