This is quite an interesting show, speaking complete honestly the first two seasons are pure gold. Original, witty, entertaining, fresh, realistic and innovative. I can only assume that for the beginning of the third season, new writers were brought in because it was incredibly poor, i could not understand how the people creating this thought that that was the way to go. IT turned very ‘american sitcom-is’ and not in the good way. But then, they appeared to have learnt their lesson because from the fourth on it was back to its former glory.
Rating : 8/10
Our protagonist is the eternally quirky and eccentrically adorable Jess, whose characters to me was particularly interesting since a lot of the times in comedy series like this its the main character that grates on you most (Eg. Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother) But this character is actually just really endearing, relatable, and hilarious.
Who breaks up with her cheating boyfriend and moves in with three strangers who turn out to be just as wonderfully weird as her. The combination of characters seamlessly fit together perfectly and add to the general ambiance of the show.
Jess has some insightful moments, and crazy ones, but at the base of things she is incredibly relatable. Her response to her break up is quite fitting:
Next we have my personal favourite character : Nick Miller. A bartender who is effectively an old grumpy man stuck in a thirty year old’s body. He emanates some nihilist and existentialist thoughts at times and is by far the most relatable character in the series. When i get Adobe video editing software i’ll throw in some clips on this page of his best moments. He speaks the truth about growing up.
He occasionally ponders some of life’s interesting questions….
He also happens to have a very stealthy way of retracting himself from awkward or uncomfortable conversations. The actor who plays Nick : Jake Johnson apparently comes up with a significant amount of Nick’s characteristics and funny habits + even his lines sometimes. Apparently the show is about 25% improv.
Next we have the incomparable Schmidt. If someone told you a basic description of him at first glance he might appear as someone who would wear on you quickly, but actually he is refreshingly witty, unusual to say the least, but interestingly so, not just weird and strange, but a very likable weirdo which i’m all for. Normal is boring in the happihippi’s opinion, weird is good. & he also vehemently hates teenagers. This is something that now that i’m in my mid-twenties i’m starting to understand…
Like Monica Geller in FRIENDS, his character used to be fat, so over the course of the seasons you get several flashback narrative snippets in which Schmidt wears a fat suit, these are endlessly entertaining.
Next, we’ve Winston Bishop, an ex pro-ball player who’s adjusting to life after his sports prowess has receded. But dammit does he speak some truth.
We then have the ridiculously perfect Hannah Simone who plays ‘CeCe’ Jess’s long-time best friend who adds an interesting dynamic to the group, a model that hangs out with this crazy bunch and knows how to let her hair down adds a little diversity to the eclectic group.
Then we’ve got ‘Coach’ (played by Damon Wayans Jr) who is in the first few episodes of the first seasons, then leaves, but returns in the third season and stays.
Interestingly, the Creator of the show is Elizabeth Meriwether – who before the show had never worked in television . Funnily enough she said the character that most embodies her personality is Nick.
There’s an endless supply of cameos and recurring roles throughout the seasons. It’s a refreshingly new and witty comedy series that doesn’t lessen as time goes on, just ignore the beginning of the third season and you’ll be laughing. So many enjoyable newbs.
To the plot, we have some very understandable concerns about your roommates new girlfriends tastes.
& Hysterical flashbacks of trying to get over an ex.
Some high fives, Damon Wayans jr (Coach) and Zooey Descanel (Jess) actually went to high school together in California.
They created a drinking game for the characters in the show called “True American” a craze took over a lot of people making up their own rules for the game as the creators purposely want to make the game impossible to understand. But regardless of this or perhaps because of this many people on the internet have created their own versions of the game where you can get detailed instructions and rules on how to play.
So if your in the mood for a mellow show, some easy laughs and witty complex characters then this is the one for your current mood. It’s a lovely show to watch when your on a mellow or giggles high too. Dive in!