Deschanel Is The New Girl Next Door For Our Generation
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
Television is littered with 22-minute programs that fit the nearly all-encompassing definition of sitcom (situational comedy). But every decade or so, there is one sitcom that raises the bar a little higher and captures the collective devotion of a generation. It’s the show with such realistic characters you begin to think they really do exist. It’s the show you watch over and over again.
In the ’80s, Cheers (also available on Netflix) perfected the “Will they or won’t they?” dynamic. Friends dominated the sitcom landscape from 1994-2004. In 2005, How I Met Your Mother (also available on Netflix) debuted and changed how sitcoms tell their stories. HIMYM is now entering its ninth and final season but ceded its crown nearly two years ago. The crown now rests on the dark curls of Fox’s New Girl.
New Girl arrived in 2011 with some fanfare, presumably as a Zooey Deschanel vehicle. That presumption was soon vanquished. New Girl has become one of the best ensembles on television with Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris providing not only most of the laughter but most of the heart. At its best, New Girl is about weird people doing weird things that we somehow, miraculously relate to. New Girl is our generation’s sitcom.