New Girl

‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 13 Recap: “Coming Out”

Like most other single-camera, niche-audience TV comedies in this age of the serialized drama, New Girl‘s challenge is to make every episode laugh-out-loud funny while also advancing the multiple season-long storylines that ensure the growth of its characters and the progression of their relationships. Whereas Seinfeld and Friends could thread two dozen self-contained 22-minute stories together with little more than a few in-jokes or one on-again-off-again romance (you know which one I mean), now we expect every major player to have his or her own compelling trajectory. (Imagine if we’d demanded that of Kramer!) And while New Girl often does a great job seamlessly integrating character development and big laughs, last night’s episode was almost entirely devoted to the former — and forgot to give us almost any of the latter. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 12 Recap: “Shark”

Whenever shows go on a break — and this is doubly so for a show that I adore and keep up with — I always realize that I love it more than I originally thought, solely because of its absence. And when it returns, I tend to automatically love the episode. I was expecting as much for “Shark,” especially because of the warm and fuzzy feelings that “LAXmas” left but, eh. It was an average episode, with a few laughs here and there, but it wasn’t anywhere near the series’ (or even this season’s) heights. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 11 Recap: “LAXmas”

New Girl is made for Christmas, always full of love, cheer, doe-eyes, and even some childlike wonder. The sitcom is biting at times but even then it retains its gooey sensibility by never forgetting what this series is really about: a group of romantically-challenged screw-ups who love each other fiercely, no matter what. They’re always going to go out of their way to encourage each other and while the episodes that focus on that might not be the funniest the series will ever put out, they’re still always great. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Girl Fight”

In many ways, “Girl Fight” is indicative of just how successful the New Girl writers have made this show during these past four seasons. It’s an episode that only works because of what we previously know about the characters but also because of what we like about the characters. Watching Jess and Cece fight would be just plain weird if we weren’t at least somewhat enamored of their friendship but because we are, that makes “Girl Fight” one of the better episodes this season. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 9 “Thanksgiving IV”

Continuing on New Girl‘s Season 4 trend, “Thanksgiving IV” heavily puts the emphasis on sex. So much so, in fact, that the roommates aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving but celebrating “Bangsgiving,” a holiday created by Schmidt — who else? — in which the roommates pick a name out of the hat and then bring a potential sex partner for that person. It’s obviously going to be a good episode.  … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: “Teachers”

First things first: If, prior to watching this episode, someone said that “Teachers” would feature a roommate who doesn’t know how to do laundry and doesn’t know how to use a ruler, who would you guess? Nick, right? Right! Instead, it’s Schmidt and Winston, respectively, and it’s two character decisions that throw me off but… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: “Goldmine”

By rearing back on the Nick/Jess drama that took over much of Season 3 of New Girl, Season 4 has mostly returned to form — it’s been weird as hell, sure, but it’s been goofy, funny, and emotional as well. It has also, definitely, been helped by this season’s commitment to focusing on all of the roommates instead of just our two main characters. This latter development is in play in “Goldmine” as Winston, Coach, Cece, and Schmidt all get fun little storylines but the former has taken a step back with a A-plot that’s a little too focused on Nick and Jess. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: “Background Check”

Season 4 of New Girl has been weird in regards to both the quality and the content of the episodes. For what it’s worth, it’s been a good season thus far — none of the episodes have been bad — but it’s been an interesting mix of episodes that have the unfortunate duty of trying to repair the ups and downs of Season 3 and trying to repair the weakened friendship between Nick and Jess. It’s also been weird just in terms of plots: Jess’ father dates her high school nemesis, Jess dates a guy with a micro penis, and, last night, Jess has a bag of meth in her closet. What? … Read More

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8 Memorable ‘Say Anything’ Parodies on Television

The latest episode of New Girl, “Landline,” ended with a throwaway gag involving Winston’s girlfriend Judy trying to get him back after Nick’s meddling accidentally broke the couple up. Judy shows up at the loft, hoists a boombox over her head, and plays “Levon.” It’s an obvious riff on a scene from 1989’s Say Anything… in which Lloyd Dobler tries to win over his longtime crush Diane Court by holding up a boombox that’s blasting “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. The scene is pure cheese and earnestness, but it has become iconic. New Girl isn’t the first television show to reference Lloyd’s bumbling display of love, and it definitely won’t be the last. Here are eight other homages (and parodies) of the infamous scene. … Read More

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