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New Girl: Season 2 - Review

New Girl: Season 2

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

HAVING conquered our hearts and consistently tickled our funny bones during its debut season, the sophomore run of New Girl went from strength to strength and, arguably, emerged as the best US sitcom since Friends.

High praise? Maybe. But this shares more than a passing similarity to that former classic, not least the killer combination of three guys – Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris), whose chemistry rivals that of Chandler, Joey and Ross.

Certain scenarios are repeated for comedy effect, albeit tweaked for the purposes of this show. But what worked well for the Central Perk crowd, often works equally well here.

And in Zooey Deschanel’s Jess, New Girl also continues to boast an irresistibly kooky central presence – someone who cares, who is prone to awkwardness and vulnerability, but who somehow always manages to win us over.

Of course, there’s more too. Hannah Simone’s Cece adds smouldering beauty and a sassy female presence to offset some of the more blatantly girly tendencies of Jess, while the inclusion of high profile new/guest characters underlines the comedy’s position as one of America’s finest and most popular.

In that latter regard, we’re talking notable guest slots from Olivia Munn as Nick’s stripper girlfriend, the late, great Dennis Farina as Nick’s conman dad and Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner as Jess’s parents.

The bond between the characters also began to strengthen in this series, as the madcap comedy was offset by some darker elements – most notably Nick’s own personal issues involving his father and his inability to commit. His developing relationship with Jess provided some great will they/won’t they moments and played out nicely even when the inevitable kiss happened.

Johnson is rapidly emerging as the show’s standout performer and Season 2 firmly belonged to him.

But Greenfield’s Schmidt also showed signs of greater maturity, particularly as he attempted to come to terms with his unrequitable feelings for Cece, and Morris also displayed some superb comic timing as his Winston coped with a night-time job and his own commitment issues.

And if that’s not enough to recommend it to newcomers, or revisit it for the sheer fun, there’s also the innumerable laugh out loud moments that the show continues to provide – the highlight of which was an episode devoted to Nick playing practical jokes on Schmidt. It really is one of the few shows on TV right now that has that sustained ability to make you care for its characters and laugh out loud with every passing episode. And long may that continue.

New Girl: Season 2 is released on DVD on Monday, November 25, 2013, by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Certificate: 15
Discs: 3
UK DVD Release: November 25, 2013