New Girl

Heartwarming roommate comedy with innuendo, drinking.

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.


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


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.


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


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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCriminal_Minds September 26, 2011
age 14+

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
Parent of an infant, 2, 6, and 10 year old Written byAG Fan Parent August 16, 2013
age 13+

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're going to find adults making jokes about sex, drinking, etc. This show really does have a lot of good messages tied up in it, especially those about friendship, but that doesn't mean it's for kids. I enjoy catching the latest episode, but by no means consider this a show to have on while my 10-year-old is watching. Because a lot of kids nowadays are looking for something more then Disney and Nick, they turn to shows on Fox and ABC Family. If you think they're old enough to watch shows often centered on sex, getting drunk, etc (my own personal minimum age for that type of stuff is 11-13), then fine. Just be aware that if you aren't, "sitcom" doesn't mean "funny show for kids."
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 February 23, 2014
age 11+

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 keeping me watching this amazing show. Just know there is some crude humor and sexual content but never graphic and never any nudity. Language is used and there is drinking but both of these are not strongly used and are pretty harmless. 11 and up. Suggested MPAA- PG-13: for Crude and Sexual Content, and Language.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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