Welcome to our “Best Of” series. Today we wanted to pay homage to one of our favorite shows, New Girl. It’s clever, it’s witty, it’s everything you need.
If you’ve never watched it, shame on you. You may have never seen an episode, but hopefully you will read this post in its entirety and be so convinced that you should by the end. If you are a fan, we hope you’ll leave a comment because we could talk about stuff like this all day.
Politics? No thanks. Current events? Nah. Brilliant TV? Always.
After her live in boyfriend cheats on her, quirky Jessica Day finds herself answering a Craigslist ad for an apartment described as “sun-soaked and beigy”. Living in the apartment are three men who are unsure if they want a woman occupying their spare bedroom. Thinking that letting her move in will mean more women coming by, they agree to her signing the lease. After seeing her emotional state, the men take it upon themselves to help her get over the breakup and get back on her feet. Endearing. Relatable. Brilliantly written.
Now, let’s celebrate this comedy gold. We apologize for this lengthy post, but this show deserves all of our words.
Caroline-Easy. This one is a no brainer. Schmidt is without a doubt the best character on the show. He’s honestly my favorite character ever on TV, and that’s saying a lot because I have seen every episode of Friends about 8 million times.
Schmidt is a melodramatic, lovable schmuck. He’s confident, uptight, and I guess the best way I can describe him is as a “bougie Marine.” He has driving moccasins AND croquet cleats and would never get in a bathtub because they are in his words, “Medieval filth cauldrons.” He will steal your heart straight through your TV screen while he’s wearing his “mono.”
Kat- Honestly, it depends on the episode who my favorite is. I relate SO much to Jess. Winston is endearing as heck. Schmidt has some hilarious lines, but I’m going to throw a curve ball and say that Nick is my favorite. Not season one Nick though. Later seasons Nick. I started watching the show when I had friends from many different circles tell me that I reminded them of the main character, Jess. But truly, I’ve got a lot of Nick in me. I’m cheap. I hate feelings. I don’t go to the doctor. I’m not a successful adult. And I love a trench coat.
Caroline-I had to think long and hard about this one because there are so many different relationships throughout the 7 seasons. I finally decided my favorite is between Nick and Schmidt.
They are complete polar opposites; Schmidt would rather “sit naked on a hot grill than buy something off the rack,” and according to Nick, having a checking account, “would be an honor.” That’s what makes them adorable, and their friendship will tug at your heart strings.
Kat- I’m going to also go with a Nick relationship and say Nick and Tran. The way Nick talks to him slays me, and I love how they will sporadically bring Tran back throughout the duration of the show. He makes the rehearsal dinner for Schmidt and CeCe’s wedding. “You used the cheap cheese, Tran. And I could tell.” Gah. If I’m Nick, I need a Tran in my life. Taking applications now.
Caroline-I could truly come up with a list of 20 of my favorite quotes, but this is one I landed on because it will always make me laugh.
“I’m going to end up alone. I’m going to be a single old lady flashing people on the subway.”-Jessica Day
Kat- Not a day goes by that I don’t quote this show. One of my favorite ones though is “I’m as mad as a dad in traffic.”-Schmidt
Because if you’ve ever been in the car on the way to Disney World with Chuckles Stewart, you know that quote to be true.
Caroline-Season 5 Episode 22: Landing Gear aka Schmidt and CeCe’s wedding
When trying to decide what my favorite episode was, I went back and forth thinking of a few, but it only made sense that my favorite is an episode that highlights my favorite character, Schmidt.
It’s his wedding day, and he flew last minute to try and get CeCe’s mom to come to the wedding. If you’ve ever flown on Spirit or Frontier Airlines, dial that experience down about 15 notches, and that’s the airline Mr. Fancy Pants had to fly, which proves his love for CeCe even more that he would fly on that “China Town bus” to make her happy.
His flight of course gets stuck on the tarmac, and his friends have to stall the wedding. (It’s very reminiscent of Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky’s big day.) Schmidt is so furious about the delay that he shows all the passengers picture of his bride on his phone and shouts, “Don’t do this to her! I swear I will scream-sing every last word to Les Mis!” And I cackle every time I hear him say that. It’s so him, and it’s so genius.
Meanwhile, CeCe’s mom shows up for wedding, and Schmidt tells everyone to have the party without him, and they can get married later. Then one of my favorite scenes of the show happens: when he does a conga line on the plane. It so reminds me of my friend, Jordan, who is without a doubt the person you want at your wedding. He will entertain everyone with his absurd dance moves, and then you’ll want to hire him for your next event. Anyways, here’s a clip of the scene. Watch and giggle.
Finally, Schmidt makes it back, and they end up getting married in the loft where they first met. It’s perfect, and I love the song that plays for the ceremony. I could listen to it on repeat for days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnPd4ieLs6o
Kat- Season 4 Episode 6: Background Check
Honestly, I went back and forth with the best episode. The entire first season is gold and having a quality first season of a show is like seeing a leprechaun ride a unicorn. But this episode will make me laugh every single time. My old roommate and I used to watch this episode whenever we had a bad day at work, and it never failed to remedy that problem.
The premise: Winston is having an at home background check to see if he can get into the Police Academy. Jess freaks out because she has “meth” in an ottoman that she bought at a yard sale. They spend the episode trying to hide the “meth” all the while trying to help Nick lie. Nick is a notoriously bad liar and ends up telling the police officer all his dirty laundry in order to keep the “meth” a secret. It’s gold.
Also, lest we forget that Coach spends this episode looking for Winston’s alleged “little brother” from the “Big Brother, Little Brother” program. You’ll have to watch the episode to see Winston’s little brother, Duquan. If you don’t laugh out loud during this episode, then go ahead and unsubscribe. Kidding. Please don’t. But how could you NOT laugh at that?
Now, if you’ve never watched, go get on Netflix right now and start. You won’t regret it, and if you do, then there’s nothing else we can do for you. If you are a New Girl fan, we’d love for you to leave a comment.
Thanks for reading,