But the lingering question, of course, is whether or not these shows actually are any good. Yes, a lot of them feature women leads and hooray for that! (Seriously, HOORAY!). But are they good?
Well I’m watching them so you don’t have to. We’ll see.
THE NEW GIRL (FOX, Tuesdays at 9 EST)
The New Girl follows Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel) as she is, moments in, dumped by her boyfriend, and forced to move in with a group of lovable lunks and salvage her self esteem. Originally only agreeing to live with her because Jess is a girl, and thus has hot girl friends, the lovable lunks (there is no point at this juncture trying to learn their names) become distressed when Jess cries over her lost relationship and seek to fix her. Wacky hijinks ensue, a touching ending is reached.
|Yup. That's what my Saturday nights look like.|
Deschanel’s Jess is precisely the kind of woman who irritates me because I suppose I see a little too much of myself in her. I wish we could all be fantastic paragons of feminist virtue, but we’re not. Jess has to be rescued from a blind date gone awry by her three male roommates, and then sits on the couch with them eating ice cream and watching the aforementioned Dirty Dancing. She can help solve their problems, but she sometimes needs to be saved. I’m not sure I like that, but I have to admit that it’s true.
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*I have never seen this movie and never intend to. It is so far from my thing as to be unfunny. Baby can stay in the corner as long as she likes.
**Well, since the 70s.
***And maybe, just maybe, they’ll give the lunkheads personality enough for me to bother learning their names. For now, I know them as Beardy, Took-Off-His-Shirt-One, and Wayans-Brother. Frankly, I think men should be offended by their portrayal in this show as a bunch of mindless drones willing to put up with almost anything in the hopes of getting to meet some models, but that’s a complaint for another article.