Apparently quite confident in its incessantly publicized new sitcom New Girl, Fox has made the pilot episode available for free on iTunes — and soon on Hulu, too — in advance of its Sept. 20 premiere. The series stars Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer) as a quirky, "fully adorkable" free spirit who, after a bad breakup, moves into a new apartment with three out-of-their-element guys. The show is earning high praise as the best new series of the fall, but for some, its star's trademark Zooey Deschanel-ness is too cutesy to bear. Now that critics have had a first look, should you tune in for more?
Yep. It's the fall's best new comedy: New Girl is "heartbreakingly funny, endearingly offensive, snarkily sweet, and wrong in all the right ways," says Kristin Dos Santos at E! Online. The cast has rare, spot-on comedic chemistry, and Deschanel gives a fearless performance in the name of racking up laughs. In fact, it's her "best work yet." It's not just for chicks either; "plenty of guys" will pick this pilot as their "favorite of the fall."
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It all depends on your fondness for Deschanel: One's enjoyment of New Girl is directly related to how charming — or intolerable — one finds Deschanel, says Jesse Carp at Cinema Blend. Her "awkward yet lovable mess" shtick is in full force: Her character sobs her way through Dirty Dancing and sings, to no one in particular, a theme song she wrote for herself. Personally, "I find her absolutely adorable," but "if you don't like Zooey Deschanel then don't tune in."
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It's good — but not groundbreaking: Deschanel's confident-in-her-own-skin character may seem empowering, says Jessica Grose at Slate, but it's actually a rehash of old ditz stereotypes. She's introduced in the opening scene naked underneath a trench coat en route to seduce her unworthy boyfriend, says things like "pink wine makes me slutty!" and spends an entire scene "ineptly using a curling iron." While New Girl "is really promising, we're not exactly breaking new ground here."
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