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4.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional friends, 22 Aug 2012
This review is from: New Girl - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Following a messy breakup Jess (Zooey Deschanel), a school teacher of "kooky" sensibilities, an unnerving singing habit, and a supermodel best friend (Cece - Hannah Simone), moves into an apartment in Los Angeles with three men at various stages of loserdom in their lives. Naturally nothing will be the same again for any of the five of them.

After a slightly uncertain start this series develops into a very funny ensemble piece. Each character is something of caricature but with enough depth to make them almost believeable and more importantly likeable. Genuine comedy emerges then from the characters sparking off each other and their misadventures in trying to cope with life. This can be quite close to the bone sometimes: one of the characters has a cancer scare, and unemployment threatens, alongside more common sitcom staples such as dating and the search for love. The series is rightly confident enough about the quality of the writing and performances to play without a studio audience or laugh track.

While it may not (YET) be the level of genius of Malcolm in the Middle, Frazier or The Big Bang Theory it certain shows huge promise and already has established itself as a finely written, warm and consistently deeply funny show.
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