The Post Goes Through Past Shows and Movies Featuring Locals
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Featuring not one but two stars with ties to Pacific Palisades, there is no better time to dive into or revisit “New Girl”—with seven easy-to-digest seasons.
The sitcom series, created by Elizabeth Meriweather for Fox Broadcasting Company, originally aired between 2011 and 2018, and is now readily available for streaming on Netflix.
“New Girl” revolves around Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel, who grew up in the Palisades) who moves into a Los Angeles apartment with three men, Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield, who recently acquired a home in Castellammare).
The roommates are all in their early 30s, which makes their storylines relatable to a wide audience, as they deal with maturing relationships and career choices. It makes for an entertaining show for those in their 20s, looking for a glimpse of what’s to come, and for those past their 30s, looking to recall what that time of uncertainty felt like.
Over the course of the series, the audience dives deep into both romantic relationships between the show stars and other characters, as well as the friendship between roommates. When the show first aired, it made me want to live in a loft with three guys, as they often play a sort of older brother role to Jess as she sorted out her life.
The characters are both charming and frustrating, as they should be in any sitcom. I found myself emotionally invested in each of their lives as they navigate changes, even rooting for some to grow up a little faster.
Bonus Palisadian feature: Jamie Lee Curtis guest stars in six episodes as Jess’ mom Joan.
“New Girl” has been nominated for several awards, including five Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards. The show took home the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series for its debut season in 2011.
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