New Girl

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2011 on FOX
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After leaving her long-time boyfriend, Jess moves into an apartment with three men, and tries to reenter the dating world.

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  • not the best beginning

    I watched the pilot after following most of the season. It's not so great - Winston adds a lot, they aren't really into it yet, and they accepted her with song too easily. Luckily, the show gets so much better.
  • Formulaic and Way Too Cutesy

    Perhaps I'm a little biased since I'm not the biggest fan of Zooey Deshanel. I think it's a problem when I'm more partial to her SNL impersonation (by Abby Elliot) than the actual person. But I thought, eh, I'm a quirky girl (...and it's a problem when the accompanying SNL song is catchier than the title song.), maybe I'll like it.

    I didn't. I had high hopes for the show. I thought the writing would be a lot more clever, Jess a lot more likeable, and the boys more dynamic. But everything was off, and maybe it's just the curse of the pilot; usually characters are a lot more enjoyable once more story is developed, so maybe I'll stick with the show--just have it playing in the background while I study or exercise--and give it a chance to redeem itself.

    Ugh, but it's not looking good. I could recite the lines before I even heard them, I cringed at some parts, didn't laugh at any of the jokes, and the restaurant scene with the guys singing to Jess went on too long. If we're supposed to like Jess and think she's one smart, strong lady, then maybe the writers shouldn't have had her bawling in the first episode over her boyfriend.moreless
  • New Girl is a great new show...

    I gotta say I really, really loved the pilot episode of New girl. It's fun, and sweet.

    Zooey Deschanel plays Jess, a very freaky, unique, but cute woman, who just broke up with her boyfriend. She moves in with three guys, whose names are Nick, Schmidt and Coach.

    Nick also broke up with his girlfriend (actually 6 months ago), but is still hung up on her.

    Schmidt is a real douche, but a loveable one. I love the douchebag-jar idea.

    Coach is just a cool guy, who has no idea how to talk to women, sadly he is only in this episode, because the actor is on another great show, Happy Endings.

    There is also Cece, Jess' best friend, who seems cool and like a good best friend.

    This was a great episode overall, it introduced all the character's very well.

    The actors are all great, especially Zooey, who is just perfect for Jess, I love watching her.

    I really can't wait to watch the rest of the episodes, and to see where it is going.

    If it's anything like the pilot, or better, it's all good.moreless
  • Superb start to this funny show

    After leaving her long-time boyfriend, Jess moves into an apartment with three men, and tries to reenter the dating world. I thought that this was a superb episode of "New Girl". Although, the pilot episode could have been a little better... this was very enjoyable and I thought the start to the series was enjoyable. Jess moving into an apartment with three men after she breaks up with her boyfriend finding him with another woman is interesting. Jess getting naked (of course, they don't show her nudity) for her boyfriend was very funny. There were some parts in this episode that did give me a very good laugh. I wonder why Damon Wayans Jr. was replaced after the first couple of episodes. Seriously? what kinda of show does that though... a main character being replaced by another after a couple of episodes. Although, Winston is a wonderful replacement to Damon Wayans Jr.'s character Coach. Overall, this was superb start to a very funny and very enjoyable show called "New Girl"... the pilot episode could have been better, then again pilot episodes are weak half of the time and this is definitely not a bad start. 9/10moreless
  • New Girl Pilot

    The Pilot episode of New Girl was perfectly entertaining and Zooey Deschanel is delightfully charming in her role of who's that girl? It's Jess! I like her quirky character traits! I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of humor and I was laughing out loud a few times. The guys in the apartment are cool and fun to watch interact with each other and Jess. I think this show has a lot of potential to be one of tv's best new shows. I certainly look forward to watching more of New Girl!!!!!!!!!moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Waitress: You're all on a date?
      Nick: Yeah, we're her boyfriends. We are reverse Mormons. One man just isn't enough for her.

    • Jess: (on the phone) I gotta go, Mom. No, I'm not watching Dirty Dancing. No, I don't think so. (to Nick) Hey, are you going to murder me cause you're a stranger I met on the internet?
      Nick: Yes I am.
      Jess: (back to the phone) He says no.

    • Schmidt: Nick, it's all you buddy.
      Nick: Well first, let me say that I think you guys make some really interesting points. Points that I respect. But I will say this, I have lived with a woman, Caroline, as you guys know, and so I know that there are pros and I know that there are real cons, guys.
      Coach: Nick, you're weak!
      Nick: Okay, pro: they smell nice. Cons: every once in a while the mood changes, you're not sure why. They'll ruin your life if you let them. They'll break down your will to live. Pros: They're really good at folding.

    • Jess: The other day I bought a pair of jeggings. They're like jeans but they are leggings.
      Coach: I...You...WHO CARES?! Sorry.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 20, 2011 on Citytv
      Germany: January 5, 2012 on ProSieben
      United Kingdom: January 6, 2012 on Channel 4/Channel 4 HD
      Finland: February 13, 2012 on Sub

    • Damon Wayans Jr, who plays Coach, had to be written out after ABC's Happy Endings, where he plays one of the leads, was renewed for a second season.


    • Schmidt: I'll be like your guide.
      Jessica: Like Gandalf through Middle Earth?
      Schmidt: Probably notlike.. ok, first of all lets just, lets take the Lord of the Rings references, lets put them in a deep dark cave.OK? Where no one's gonna find them. Ever.
      Jessica: Except Smeagol. (whispering) He lives in a cave.

      Referencing Tolkien's Lord of The Rings novel (also adapted to film)