New Girl is a show that I'm very fond of. I love the characters and the writing. The fights between anyone and Schmidt always have me laughing hysterically. It's first and foremost a fun show. They don't really tackle any deep issues here but there's an interesting bent to it. They hide darker themes in it like mortality and the fact that all of them are just treading water. They're having fun doing it and they're not ready to get out of the pool yet but the idea that they are all, in some way losers, know it, and are someday going to have to move beyond that is present in every episode.
If you're a fan of shows like Friends and Scrubs or even Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B in Apt 23, you'll have a good time with New Girl. You'll get used to and even come to love that idiot Schmidt (trust me. I never thought I'd get used to him let alone that he'd become my favorite character). Nick's faces are always a topic of conversation in our house and Winston's absurdity gets more apparent as the series goes on. These are great characters that you see develop over time and you come to know and love them.
The DVD-- okay... If this is your first time watching the show, you'll probably be fine, but if, like me, you've watched it since day one and have been waiting not-so-patiently for this thing to come out you're going to be disappointed.
-The blurb on the back of the box is almost an insult to the show and makes it sound like so much garbage. I don't know how the copy is supposed to entice anyone to watch this show. I don't like knowing its there, not paying justice to such a fun show.
-3 commentaries. 3. That's it. If you had ideas of watching the entire season with some companionable chit-chat going on for 24 episodes you can just get rid of them now.
- There are a few short specials in which they talk about clothing/style and the evolution of an episode, a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, alternate jokes, Winston's audition, and a sneak peek at Ben and Kate.
That sounds like a lot until you take into consideration that they only did 3 commentaries for this thing. They didn't include such interesting things as a photo gallery of the roommate applications (these are on the website and are pretty funny) and they did not include the music video of the opening theme song. That seems paltry, I know, but the music video is interactive and there are tons of different versions of it. It would have been nice to have them all in one place. There are many many little interviews online including the origin of the douchebag jar and the True American drinking game. Some of them may have come out after the dvd was done but these are things that could have been asked for interviews for the dvd or they may have come out naturally on the 21 commentaries they didn't do. I can only hope that they'll be included on the season 2 dvd but I think they are banking on people buying them from amazon.
If I sound bitter, I am... I've waited a while for this dvd and there's nothing on it that is worth waiting for if, like me, you wanted extras.