New Girl

Common Sense Media says

Heartwarming roommate comedy with innuendo, drinking.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights the importance and value of friendship for both men and women. Characters don't always behave in the most responsible way, but they ultimately seem to mean well.

Positive role models

Jess is dorky but lovable and honest; the guys soon grow to like her and to be protective of her. Some characters seem motivated by selfishness, but usually they choose to do the right thing over the fun thing when it counts.

Violence

On rare occasions arguments lead to punching and shoving, but no real blood is shown.

Sex

References to stripping, infidelity, and sex. Cast members are sometimes shown shirtless, in their underwear, taking off their clothes, and/or naked (but no nudity is shown). Flirting, talk of hooking up, etc.

Language

Words like "hell," "ass," "damn," and "bitch" are audible. The term "douche bag" is used frequently.

Consumerism

Lots of pop culture references -- to films like Dirty Dancing  and Lord of the Rings, etc. Dell and Apple laptops are visible, but their logos aren't fully displayed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (beer, wine, cocktails) visible. Nick is a bartender; scenes at the bar are frequent. Drunken behavior is sometimes visible. References are made to marijuana and "pot cookies".

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this heartwarming sitcom contains some strong sexual content, including references to stripping, having sex, and infidelity. Cast members are shown partially dressed, in their underwear, and at times, wearing nothing (though private parts are not visible). Drinking (beer, wine, cocktails) and iffy language ("ass," "damn," "douche bag") are frequent.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

NEW GIRL stars actress/singer Zooey Deschanel as Jessica Day, a dorky but lovable twentysomething woman looking for a new place to live after she discovers that her live-in boyfriend of seven years is cheating on her. Luckily she meets three single guys -- sensitive Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), obnoxious Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and athletic Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris) -- who have a fantastic apartment and a room to rent. Adjusting to a female roommate isn't easy for the guys, but helping them get used to her is Ce Ce (Hannah Simone), Jess' best friend, who also happens to be a beautiful model. Together they create a fun and rather dysfunctional family.

Is it any good?

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This lighthearted series offers some well-timed witty moments thanks to Deschanel's performance. The group dynamic between the men is funny, too. Some of the more slapstick jokes seem to fall a little flat, but this is part of the show's overall charm.

Thanks to its focus on dating, romance, and sex, New Girl contains lots of mature subject matter. But the show's overall focus on friendship makes it a heartwarming entertainment choice for those old enough to handle it.

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TV details

Cast:Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byAbigail_Hope December 3, 2011
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14
QUALITY
 

A fun show, but it would be better with less content.

I'm a huge fan of Zooey Deschanel, and this show doesn't disappoint. Jess is quirky and confident in herself, yet incredibly naive at times. The show is quite funny, but the sexual references are rarely humorous and only seem to detract from the story line and likeable (though imperfect) characters.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byCriminal_Minds September 26, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

So Funny! Best new comedy of the Fall!

This show is amazing!!! Zoey's character is just hilarious! I totally recommend you watching this! There are a few sexual references here and there, but what comedy doesn't do that? Other than that, there is some social drinking, and probably the worst of the language is hell or ass. It has good role models. The guys see Zoey as a friend, and when her date stands her up, they comfort her in a hilarious and really sweet way! Can tell they care for her, some characters more than others, but they're still good. I totally recommend this show to anybody, LOVE IT!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byEpicKevinMan December 31, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Most Episodes OK for Families

Most episodes are good, but still some sexual content. But some episodes like "Naked" or "Bad in Bed" aren't kid friendly (You could probably tell by the name of the episode). Zooey Deshchanel is a very good actress!
What other families should know
Too much sex

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