New Girl

2011
4.6
3.26K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (24)

1 Pilot
9/20/11
Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess Day, a young woman who, after discovering her long-term boyfriend is cheating on her, moves into a loft apartment with three male roommates -- prickly bartender Nick, womanizer Schmidt and intense personal trainer Coach. In the opener, the guys try to help Jess get back on her feet and into the dating world.
2 Kryptonite
9/27/11
Nick and Schmidt convince Jess to get her stuff out of her ex-boyfriend Spencer's apartment; Jess meets new roommate Winston, who has returned from playing basketball in Latvia. Winston tries to get his old room back from Schmidt.
3 Wedding
10/4/11
The guys are invited to a wedding of a mutual friend. Nick, fearful he will run into his ex-girlfriend Caroline (guest star Mary Elizabeth Ellis), asks Jess to be his date. Meanwhile, Winston takes his role as an usher very seriously and gets competitive on the dance floor with a young guest. Schmidt not only catches the eye of a beautiful woman (guest star Katie Cassidy), but also his "frenemy" Gretchen (guest star Natasha Lyonne) whom he sleeps with at every wedding reception.
4 Naked
11/1/11
Jess accidentally walks in on Nick naked, sending his self-confidence to an all-time low -- just after an attractive co-worker (guest star Lake Bell) agrees to go out on a date with him. Meanwhile, Winston becomes obsessed with learning pop-culture references online.
5 Cece Crashes
11/8/11
Cece convinces Jess that Nick likes her more than just as a roommate and Schmidt tries to seal the deal with Cece.
6 Thanksgiving
11/15/11
Jess invites Paul (guest star Justin Long), a music teacher at her school on whom she always has had a crush, to the gang's big Thanksgiving dinner at the loft, which naturally goes horribly awry.
7 Bells
11/29/11
Jess gets jealous when Winston joins her troubled-youth handbell quartet and instantly becomes a natural. Meanwhile Nick and Schmidt engage in class warfare when the toilet breaks and they each have their own idea of how to get it fixed.
8 Bad in Bed
12/6/11
When Jess decides to take her relationship with Paul to the next level, she consults with the guys for some sex advice. Meanwhile, Schmidt worms his way into his boss' baby shower to compete with his office female counterpart.
9 The 23rd
12/13/11
The gang attends Schmidt's holiday office party and Jess frets when she receives an expensive gift from Paul.
10 The Story of the 50
1/17/12
When Schmidt's plans for his 29th birthday fall apart, Jess takes charge and enlists the help of her school's party hungry vice-principal (guest star Rachael Harris). Meanwhile, Nick begrudgingly has his first date at Schmidt's party with a beautiful lawyer (guest star Lizzy Caplan) who harbors a secret, and the gang wonders who placed a 50 dollar bill in the douchebag jar.
11 Jess and Julia
1/31/12
Nick panics when Julia (guest star Lizzy Caplan) doesn't want to put a label on their relationship. Meanwhile, Jess enlists Julia to help her get out of a traffic ticket, Winston reconnects with a former booty call (guest star Kali Hawk) and Schmidt is baffled as to why his shower towel is always damp.
12 The Landlord
2/7/12
Jess goes against Nick's wishes and makes it her mission to get the loft's cantankerous landlord (guest star Jeff Kober) to like her. In doing so, she inadvertently jeopardizes their living situation and the guys are forced to admit they've made some "unofficial" changes to the apartment. Meanwhile Schmidt tries to decipher what he thinks are mixed signals from his boss Kim (guest star Gillian Vigman).
13 Valentine's Day
2/14/12
Single for the first time on Valentine's Day, Jess convinces Schmidt to be her wingman as she attempts to have an attachment-free fling with a handsome stranger (guest star Ryan Kwanten). Nick's romantic plans are foiled when he finds himself spending more time with Julia's (guest star Lizzy Caplan) law firm assistant (guest star Clark Duke) than with her. Winston becomes one of the girls when Shelby (guest star Kali Hawk) invites him over on the holiday.
14 Bully
2/21/12
When Jess tries to intervene with a classroom bully she finds herself the target of the bad seed student (guest star Joey King). Schmidt, meanwhile, is thrilled over his post-Valentine's sexcapades, but hates that his paramour wants to keep it a secret; and Nick goes into a tailspin when Julia (guest star Lizzy Caplan) sends him a cactus.
15 Injured
3/6/12
When Nick is hurt playing a game of touch football and Jess discovers he doesn't have insurance, she brings him to her doctor friend -- an OB-GYN. The gang rallies together and Nick evaluates his life when his seemingly innocuous back injury may prove to be more serious than thought.
16 Control
3/13/12
After Jess realizes that Schmidt is unfairly doing all of the housework, she pushes him to "go on strike," and the entire ecosystem of the loft is thrown off balance. Meanwhile, Nick scrambles when he must pay up to Winston after losing a poker game.
17 Fancyman, Part 1
3/20/12
Jess reluctantly dates the wealthy father of one of her students. Meanwhile, Nick attempts to buy a new cell phone and Schmidt and Winston get ultra-competitive playing bar trivia.
18 Fancyman, Part 2
3/27/12
Jess' sophisticated date with Russell (guest star Dermot Mulroney) doesn't go as planned. Meanwhile, Nick's college friend visits and brings out Nick's inner frat boy to help him get over his break-up with Julia. Also, Winston panics when Shelby goes on a "girls" vacation and Schmidt and Cece try to keep their relationship under the covers, but one of the friends finds out their secret.
19 Secrets
4/3/12
While training for a marathon, Jess discovers that Cece has been keeping a secret from her, and their friendship is put to the test. Meanwhile, Winston can't handle being the only one who knows about Cece and Schmidt, and Nick reluctantly asks for Schmidt's help as he tries to juggle dating two women at once.
20 Normal
4/10/12
A nervous Jess invites Russell to spend the weekend at the loft, and her fears are amplified when he gets along better with the guys than she hoped. Meanwhile, Winston begins work at a sports radio station, but quickly finds out his boss is more of a shock jock, and Nick tries to make an invention from his "Idea Notebook" into a reality.
21 Kids
4/17/12
Jess babysits Russell's pre-teen daughter for the weekend and meets his ex-wife (guest star Jeanne Tripplehorn). Then, Schmidt and Cece panic when they think she's pregnant. Also, Nick's new girlfriend may be too young and Winston discovers his new boss is a big baby.
22 Tomatoes
4/24/12
Unwilling to admit her true feelings for Schmidt, Cece encourages him to go on a date with one of her beautiful roommates. Meanwhile, Jess wishes she and Russell shared the same fiery passion he exhibits with his ex-wife; and a morose Nick channels all of his energy into his new vegetable garden.
23 Backslide
5/1/12
When Jess and Nick run into their exes, the gang fears they both may "backslide" into romantic relationships. Meanwhile, Schmidt desperately tries not to get aroused as he deals with a delicate medical issue, Winston suffers the consequences of a wild night out with his boss and Cece brings Schmidt to a nursing home to meet her grandmother.
24 See Ya
5/8/12
One of the roommates decides to move out of the loft in the Season 1 finale. Meanwhile, Winston faces his fear of the dark when the gang makes an unexpected trip to the desert; Schmidt and Cece's relationship reaches a turning point.

About this show

New Girl features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at friendship. After a bad break-up, Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) needs a new place to live. An online search leads her to a great loft…and three single guys she's never met before. Nick (Jake Johnson), law school dropout turned bartender is the most grounded...and the most jaded. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a hustling young professional who's pretty proud of his own abs. Winston (Lamorne Morris), is an intensely competitive former athlete who doesn't know what to do next. Rounding out the group is Jess' childhood best friend, Cece (Hannah Simone), a model with a killer deadpan. The fivesome realize they need each other more than they thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional – or strangely functional – family.
4.6
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Cover Blown
September 29, 2014
This is a true ensemble show with talent coming from all those involved. The actors really put themselves into their performances and make their characters feel real to the point where every character reminds me of someone I know. I particularly enjoy watching Jake Johnson as Nick Miller, who has grown into one of the most 3-dimensional characters I've seen on television. Another special note goes to Damon Wayans Jr. as Coach. Despite having just been re-introduced, he has fit in seamlessly with the rest of the cast.
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Patrice Lorenzo
May 9, 2014
If only each of uz could find friends so honest and accepting of our quirks and true dorkiness, we'd all be happier daily. My kids and I adore each characters quirks and the chemistry between them. It's a laugh out loud pleasure each week.
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Nicholas Wanamaker
May 8, 2020
I've tried a few times to get into this show and I cannot get past season 2. The drama is so infuriating and I found Coach more obnoxious than in the premier. It seems to be more of a writing issue to me than characters or actors...
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