Who’s that girl?

Last weekend, I was in the mood for a bit of a switch— a comedy.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love comedy but most of what I watch is on the darker side.  For example, my current Netflix-generated categories are: Forensic TV Mysteries and Supernature TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy.

Really.

Really.

In honor of my shared birthday with Zooey Deschanel, I opted for New Girl.  I know, I know; I’m late to the party.  I had seen New Girl before, mainly because it’s on before The Mindy Project, and I wasn’t particularly impressed.  I thought the characters seemed quirky to the point of ridiculousness.  Still, I was willing to give it another chance.  Starting from the beginning makes all the difference, right?  So right.  I really enjoyed what I found to be a pretty strong pilot.

Jess (Deschanel) is quirky, but this episode manages to keep it endearing and not annoying.  Here’s what worked for me:

  • The awkwardness of her struggle to come up with a stripper name and landing on “Tiger Boobs”
  • The giant comedic mishap of Jess dancing naked for her boyfriend who was at that very moment cheating on her (it is a sitcom, after all)
  • Post-breakup repeated watching of Dirty Dancing accompanied by sobbing
  • The fact that Jess likes to sing to herself and makes up a theme song for herself (which is the theme song to the show!)
  • One great big bonding moment with the new roommates breaking into song

I’m on board now.  I think watching the first episode made me feel more oriented in the series and the characters, so the charming quirks are more palatable.  I also love that there are shortened versions of the theme song– so much better for binge-watching!

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I’ll definitely be finishing up the two seasons Netflix has to offer.

Next time the comedy-bug bites me, what should I turn to?

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