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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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