By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Heartwarming roommate comedy with innuendo, drinking.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights the importance and value of friendship. Responsibility isn't reinforced.
Positive Role Models
Jess is awkward but lovable and honest; the guys soon grow to like her and 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.
New Girl's diverse ensemble includes characters like Cece (Hannah Simone), who has Indian heritage and is bisexual, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), who are Black. Women are depicted as intelligent and independent. Besides Cece, a few other LGBTQ+ characters appear in positive supporting roles, including Reagan (Megan Fox) and Sadie (June Diane Raphael). But there isn't much variety in terms of body type or characters with disabilities.
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Violence & Scariness
On rare occasions, arguments lead to punching and shoving, but no blood is shown. Violence is used in a comedic, nonthreatening way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to exotic dancing, infidelity, and sex. Cast members are sometimes shirtless, in their underwear, under the sheets, taking off their clothes, and/or implied to be naked (no nudity). Flirting, talk of hooking up, jokes about erections, etc.
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Words like "hell," "ass," "damn," and "bitch" are audible. The term "douche bag" is used frequently.
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Products & Purchases
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 displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer, wine, and cocktails, sometimes to excess. Nick is a bartender, so scenes frequently take place at the bar. References to marijuana and "pot cookies," as well as methamphetamine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New Girl is a heartwarming sitcom that has mature sexual content, including references to exotic dancing, having sex, and infidelity. Cast members are shown partially dressed, in their underwear, and implied to be naked (but there's no nudity). Expect frequent drinking (beer, wine, cocktails) and iffy language ("ass," "damn," "douche bag," etc.). Characters also reference marijuana and methamphetamines. The ensemble features Black and Indian characters in leading roles, and women are depicted as strong and intelligent. While friendship is clearly valued in the show, characters are flawed and don't always do the right/responsible thing.
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What's the Story?
NEW GIRL stars actress and singer Zooey Deschanel as Jessica Day, an awkward but lovable 20-something looking for a new place to live after she discovers that her longtime boyfriend is cheating on her. Luckily she meets three single guys -- sensitive Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), womanizer 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 Cece (Hannah Simone), Jess' best friend, who also happens to be a beautiful model. Together they create an unorthodox family and support each other through good and bad times.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted series offers some well-timed witty moments thanks to Deschanel's performance. The group dynamic between the men in New Girl is funny too. Some of the slapstick jokes fall a little flat, but this goofball humor is part of the show's overall charm. Thanks to its focus on dating, romance, and sex, New Girl has lots of mature subject matter, none of which is discussed in explicit terms. But the show's overall focus on friendship makes it a heartwarming choice for teens and up.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what makes a TV show like New Girl funny. Is it the writing? The acting? The timing? Are there things that you think TV shows and movies show as being funny that really aren't? Why not?
Who would you pick as roommates to share an apartment with? How would you divide household duties?
Do you have people in your life you aren't biologically related to, but you consider family?
- Premiere date: September 20, 2011
- Cast: Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel
- Network: Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: April 18, 2023
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