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'New Girl' Promises to Lighten Up, But Is That Really a Good Thing?

By Vivian Kane | Industry | April 8, 2014 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | April 8, 2014 |

Can we take a minute to try to pinpoint the moment New Girl became a great show? For me, it was around the time Dermot Mulroney showed up.


And, of course, soon after that is when True American was introduced.


The last few episodes of season one were probably when the show broke through the sitcom mold and started to have really genuinely touching moments.


Whenever the turning point was for you, I think most fans of the show can agree on one thing:

New Girl started out as a pile of crap.

And I say that as a huge fan of the show. It’s my favorite sitcom on television. But it definitely took them a while to find their footing. The first half of season one was not funny. The characters were super contrived and generic. So when Elizabeth Meriwether says she wants to return to where the show started, it worries me. Meriwether said to Vulture,

I think this year we got a little heavy, we got a little into that emotional arc, and I think this show completely exists without all that heaviness… We’re having a chance to get back to basics and sort of reset the show, and kind of go back to the dynamics of the first season and the pilot, where it’s just this group of friends who are having fun … I think it might actually be good for the show to return to the kind of fun of it.

I understand the impulse to back off of the heaviness of the latest episode, and the show does do lighthearted goofiness well. But they also balance that frivolity with heartfelt honesty in a way that few shows do. If they lose that dynamic in an attempt to reboot, they risk destroying what makes the show special.

Let’s all put on our cautiously optimistic faces.


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