Third-episode verdict: New Girl

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 2

In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, Fox
In the UK: Acquired by E4

How much you’re going to love New Girl basically depends on how much you love Zooey Deschanel. The whole show revolves around her and her dorkiness and despite the opening episode managing to give the male supporting characters something to do, since then, their dialogue and plots have become less strong while Zooey’s has only got stronger.

"Coach" has been replaced by a new character who is at least more of an alpha male than Coach supposedly was, but not a better comic actor. Cece has more or less disappeared for now. This is most definitely the Zooey Deschanel show, right up to the new, title sequence of calculated kookiness.

Now I love Zooey and she is comedy gold. But they’ve super-saturated her character with dorkiness and she’s started to get ever so slightly irritating now. So, despite the fact this is a good comedy show and Zooey’s great, I’m going to have detox myself a little and give up. Your mileage may vary, so you should certainly give New Girl a try, particularly if you love Zooey Deschanel.

Carusometer rating: 2
Rob’s prediction: will last at least a season, maybe more, but how much dorkier can they make her?


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.