New Girl

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

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 50 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMonicaMom September 26, 2013

Cute show, but not for young kids/teens.

This is a cute show, but not for younger kids or teens. There is a lot of sex, sexual references, stereotyping and quite a bit of drinking too.
Adult Written byEm E. December 17, 2017

Not for kids at all IMO

Yes, there is lots to love about the characters and the acting in this show. The main character is adorable and wonderfully done by the actress. But it is just... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 15, 2014

Modernized "Friends" with more Sexual Content

I have found myself comparing this television program to "Friends" quite often. Although I enjoyed this show pretty much, I still love friends more.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAbigail_Hope December 3, 2011

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... 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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