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New Girl, the new smash hit situation comedy on Fox, has already been recognized with two Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series and Best Television Actress. The plot of this screwball comedy revolves around three male roommates who are searching for a fourth. The applicant who gets the vacant room is a flighty and unique girl played by Zooey Deschanel.

Zooey Deschanel has gained notoriety in the film and television community for her expert portrayal of the classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl. This character type refers to a girl who lives in her own world and captivates the men in her life with her innocent, dreamy detachment. Jess, the character played by Deschanel, is definitely living in a dream world. Her social awkwardness and confusion about different social expectations make for several humorous moments of exasperation with her male roommates.

Her three roommates, Nick, Schmidt and Winston, are played by three great actors. Each of these male characters as a distinctive personality which, when combined, create endless funny moments. Nick is a ne'er-do-well who struggles constantly with his own poor self-esteem. The romantic tension between he and Jess is probably what is moving the series forward and attracting so many viewers. However, the comedic antics of Schmidt may also be accomplishing this feat. Schmidt is a cocky, self-absorbed, woman-crazy man who is trying desperately to hide his sensitive interior. His obsession with Jess's best friend, the gorgeous CeCe, is fuel enough for hundreds of laughs throughout the series.

The real appeal of New Girl is in the balance between tenderhearted, caring moments and outlandish comical situations. Jess's innocence and propensity for trouble create three heroic saviors out of her formerly selfish roommates. The male characters in New Girl are constantly creating that "aww" moment from viewers as they continue to comfort and care for the easily manipulated Jess.

The series began with an 11-episode run on FOX. After the first two episodes had aired to a surprisingly large audience, FOX ordered another 13 episodes for the show. The 24-episode first season was acclaimed by a wide variety of audience members. On April 9, 2012, FOX renewed New Girl for a second season.

Deschanel, the lead actress in this series, has said that she had no hesitation in accepting the role. She believes the role was created for her, and it seems that her fans and fans of the show agree.

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  • The gang gets stranded at the airport on their way home for the holidays.

  • Schmidt regrets his desire to understand the politics of fights between women.

  • Nick, Schmidt and Winston make plans for a wild weekend while Jess, Coach and Ryan are gone to a teacher's conference.

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'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 10: 'LAXmas'

Everyone is trying to get home for the holidays, and Jess is flying to London to meet Ryan's family... but the weather has other plans in mind.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 9: 'Girl Fight'

After 20 years of being passive aggressive to one another, Jess and CeCe have it out over a yellow purse; Nick dates Tran's granddaughter, who may be his perfect woman except for one strange thing...

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 8: 'Thanksgiving IV'

With winter fast approaching, Schmidt insists that their Thanksgiving become Bangsgiving, and hosts a singles party.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 8: 'Teachers'

Jess and Coach attend an education conference; Ryan continues to test Jess' resolve; Coach panics about his role as an education; Winston, Schmidt and Nick have a guy's night of bonding.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 7: 'Goldmine'

Jess has yet to tell the guy she's dating that she lives with her ex; Winston is moving slowly with the neighbor girls; CeCe considers a breast reduction, to Schmidt's ultimate horror.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 6: 'Background Check'

Winston is nearly a police officer... just a background check and a home visit stand in his way, but Jess has been hiding a secret that may ruin everything.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 5: 'Landline'

The loft gets a landline and Nick takes on message duty to bring him closer to Schmidt and Winston; Jess falls for a new teacher after reprimanding the school about interpersonal relationships.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 4: 'Micro'

Jess takes a bet that she will last a month with a guy who has a micropenis, and that she doesn't care about superficial traits like that... however, there are traits she does care about; Winston convinces Coach and Schmidt that they should model.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 3: 'Julie Berkman's Older Sister'

Jess meets her father's new love interest, and is not thrilled; Schmidt tries to win an ad account for sponges.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 2: 'Dice'

Jess goes on a string of bad dates after joining the dating app "Dice," and Schmidt coaches her through how to escape them; Winston is not well-liked at police academy; Nick, CeCe, and Coach get stoned for the last time.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 1: 'Last Wedding'

Jess and Kat (guest star Jessica Biel) compete for the attention of the best man Ted at the final wedding of the summer.

Jessica Biel, Reid Scott to Join 'New Girl'

Jessica Biel vs. Zooey Deschanel? Which lady would you choose?

What's in Store for 'New Girl?' Will Nick and Jess Reunite?

Show creator Liz Meriwether discusses what's in store for Jess, whether she and Nick will try again, and why it just felt wrong having the two together in season three.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 23: 'Cruise'

Nick and Jess bring everyone along with them on a cruise they booked while they were together, and try their best to keep things from getting weird.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 22: 'Dance'

Jess attempts to put on a school dance, but someone out there is determined to sabotage it.

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