New Girl

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Heartwarming roommate comedy with innuendo, drinking.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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".

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 2, 6, and 10 year old Written byAG Fan Parent August 16, 2013

Amazing, enjoyable, and funny-but not another sitcom for the kids.

Like any TV-14 show-sitcoms in particular-the jokes are usually very, well, TV-14. You're not going to find 13-year-old girls doing silly things, you... Continue reading
Adult Written bydr dew November 1, 2011

about last night

i am a chistian man who has fallen in love with both the girl from this show but last nights episode was just too mutch talk about sex and love for me as a chri... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byCriminal_Minds September 26, 2011

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 wh... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 February 23, 2014

Going into this expecting the worse, but was blown away

Let me start by saying this isn't your average show... Saying this is a TV show for girls is wrong...It has scenes that are funny and dramatic that are kee... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a TV show funny. Is it the writing? The acting? The timing? Are there things that you think TV shows and films portray as being funny, when they really aren't? Why not?

  • What kind of limitations, if any, should be placed on showing drinking on television?

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