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New Girl - The Complete Second Season: DVD Review

Oct 2nd, 2013

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Zooey Deschanel keeps up the yuks on this sophomore set of the hit Fox comedy...

Fox / 546 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: October 1, 2013

Zooey Deschanel has come a long way since her appearance as the stewardess older sister in Almost Famous. In New Girl, a comedy that keeps its focus steadily and constantly on her, she has a zesty but well-worn vibe - she seems both new to the scene and like she's been doing this her whole life. So much of TV comedy centers on raw charisma, and in that regard, Zooey has everything pretty wrapped up: it's hard not to fall in love with her.

In New Girl, Zooey plays a lady named Jess, a woman who, after dealing with a nasty breakup at the beginning of the show’s first season, moves in with three buddies - played by Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris. This Three’s Company in reverse setup is what feeds every facet of the series’ shtick – whether it’s parents popping up when they’re not expected, awkward weddings, or just plain old-fashioned sexual chemistry, the loft shared by these folks sees itself at the epicenter of a whole lotta hijinks.

And believe it or not, the thing actually works quite well. New Girl was one of last season's most effective debuts, and this TV-on-DVD set keeps things operating smoothly. Unafraid of throwing its characters into quicksand narrative situations, the stakes run pretty high in New Girl - even if its antics are predictable twentysomething microdramas, things feel important, even seismic at times on this Complete Second Season compilation. And let’s save an extra round of applause for Zooey - her bubbly debutante persona really is the stuff of TV magic.

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