Thrilled to see "New Girl" premiere!

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by RMBittner, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    I just need to read the threads here to see peoples love for Zooey. :D
  2. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    You just described several acclaimed, popular sitcoms as well. You could easily replace character names above and it would state how I feel about Big Bag Theory, how many people feel about HIMYM, 2 1/2 men, Community, etc.

    So, I guess it just so happens that said critics must align more closely with me on this particular show (though not, perhaps, others). Forced or not, I enjoyed the quirks and characters on this show way more than any of those (except community, I guess; and I do watch HIMYM - mostly for the nostalgia of when it was more creative and interesting). I wouldn't put much stock into it or try to do a deep psychoanalysis of critics.
  3. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Nah. It is forced when a character who is having a perfectly normal conversation suddenly throws her arms in the air and tap dances. There was NO character developement in New Girl. I see no chemistry with the other characters and no reason for them to even exist. You really think it is not forced to have a character who just suddenly yells at the top of his voice when there is no provocation at all?

    A character being odd or quirky or even annoying (all Sheldon) is not necessarily forced as his character is consistent. But the on/off flakeyness of Zooey in this pilot was completely forced. Almost like a photographer was yelling "Now give me silly girl! Now give me pouty girl!" And what was with the dude who kept taking off his shirt? Really?

    Completely forced. All of it.
  4. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Many of those quirks are amplified versions of quirks I've seen from some of my friends. My college roommate used to take his shirt off and do bodybuilder poses on a regular basis. A local famous chef often speaks in wannabe-gangster-jargon for no obvious reason. A current friend of mine randomly yells obscenities at people during regular conversations (think Elaine from Seinfeld but taken to a more ridiculous extreme than her "Get. Out!"). I don't know anyone who quite does the thing that Zoey's character does, but I also know no one who does anything remotely like Sheldon in BBT, and if I did, I would likely murder said person in their sleep and be crowned a modern-day hero because the guy is such an enormous pile of jerk with no redeeming qualities (he's not that brilliant or knowledgeable as far as I can see - wayyyyy dumber than the 4-5 Caltech Masters/PHds I've met).

    Anyway, quirks aside, and maybe I'll grant you that they feel more forced in this show, the actual jokes feel way less forced to me. I've perhaps happened upon three unusually bad episodes of BBT and am forming opinions based on this, but I found all of the jokes painfully predictable and stupid on that show. Same for 2 1/2 men.

    To each his own.
  5. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    You probably actually do. I know lots of people that think the way Sheldon does, just not as extreme. And among artsy or sciency people, Sheldon's gaucheness is not that exaggerated.

    I know a sys admin at work who I think of often when I think see Sheldon except she can laugh and have a good time with a group of people but when Sheldon does things like proposes a topic to discuss at lunch, that has happened with almost the exact same words and when the topic is not followed and he does not listen, I've seen that, too.

    I am amazed that you know people who just whip their shirt off but don't know people with Sheldon's social skills. There are tons of them out there. Maybe you need to go to a Star Trek convention or play more Dungeons and Dragons!
  6. stellie93

    stellie93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    Yeah, I never heard of her either, but she must be Bones' sister? I thought she was really funny in a quirky way. Definately set the show apart from the usual "friends" remake. But then none of the others seemed special at all, so we'll see...

    Was Zooey famous before or after her sister?
  7. Ment

    Ment Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    yes she is sister to Emily of 'Bones'.

    Before, not in the mainstream but amongst the indie movie set. She's pretty much the penultimate dream geek girl. She is more famous for breaking to the mainstream in 'Elf' but my favorite movie of hers was before that in 'All The Real Girls'.
  8. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Not a fan of Zooey nor particularly of Emily so I don't get the love for either but I think the pilot shows potential.

    If (as others have said) they dial back her quirkiness some.
  9. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    I liked both but I prefer Free Agents. I've always been a fan of both Azaria and Hahn and they have good chemistry. It's also refreshing to see a show avoid the traditional "will they or won't they" sexual tension scenario.
  10. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

    Mar 19, 2001
    Bedford, TX
    She also sings in a band called She and Him. I have both albums they've done so far. I like them.
  11. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    I was not sold on the 3 guys. They were just trying too hard, maybe poorly written (?) I think by the end of the ep, they grew on me a just a bit.

    I am a big Zooey fan. She is very charming as noted above. Will watch for a few more eps to see how it evolves.
  12. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    Anyone else here watch My Boys? The male characters from New Girl are almost exact copies of those from MB. Coach is Bobby. Nick is Kenny. Schmidt is Mike. If you didn't catch it earlier, during the next episode, picture the MB guys delivering the NG guys lines and you'll recognize that the characters could be swapped out for one another.
  13. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    I'm not in love with Zooey, but I liked her in Elf. Her goofiness was way over the top. I guess the producers figure that if you're a big Zooey fan, you'll overlook the small stuff. It felt more like an improv class than an actual sitcom.

    And other than Wayans, Jr. the guys seemed to have been picked up off the street just before shooting. I don't see me following this show for long.
  14. Flop

    Flop Member

    Dec 2, 2005
  15. ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

    Sep 5, 2001
    My wife and I loved every second of it. Easily our favorite new show this year.

    Part of what made it so charming to us is Zooey channeling one of my wife's best friends.
  16. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    I thought it was ok but needs to be better, too much of Zooey's work as Jess felt forced, but if they dialed it back and had it be more natural it would go really far in improving the show. I loved the guys bailing on the party to go make her feel better, that gets it to keep its SP in my book.
  17. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I love Zooey and found her delightful here. I think I'll keep watching. I had a few LOL moments included:

    - Having to remind her to shave her legs - including the back
    - Zooey asking if they had more free food since she'd eaten all the good bread and only the crappy healthy bread was left
  18. IndyJones1023

    IndyJones1023 Auteur

    Apr 1, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    Aside from the smoke show best friend chick, this show is pretty unwatchable.
  19. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    So I take it you never watch the movie "ELF" at Christmas time then.

  20. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    Personally I liked her best in "Failure to Launch" I thought she and Justin Bartha stole that movie.

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