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Adorable but strange since cats cannot taste sweet things and generally avoid them. I have 2 Siamese cats at home, maybe I should test this for myself.
I live in BC, which just got shittier again last night! Now I have multiple governments trying to ruin my coastline and sell it out to oil companies. *misery high five!*
I watch plenty of shows with dumb people (Archer, Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny) but those shows have great, smart jokes beyond “look how dumb these people are!” So far I’ve not seen any jokes like that in New Girl. Maybe I need to watch it more? That could be my fault for a limited sample size but I am visibly cringing every time I sit through any of it.
I just can’t get over the bit I saw the other day. Guy who slept with New Girl is making her breakfast and cannot make scrambled eggs because he is an idiot. He pours them onto a plate still in liquid form because he’s an idiot and has never eaten scrambled eggs? Or he has but just can’t crack the code of how to make them because he’s an idiot? And still thinks it’s a good idea to serve them to her like that because he’s an idiot? Why make them in the first place? Because he’s an idiot? What is the joke here?
I also don’t like a lot of shows but this is different. Whereas some shows I do not like (Law & Order, for instance) I understand why people like them, I literally do not get why anyone finds this funny. I get why my parents laugh at Two and a Half Men, that is not a mystery to me. But on this site where so many smart, funny people congregate and ostensibly have a good understanding of comedy it feels strange and foreign that people willingly spend a half hour a week with these overacting dolts. I am not saying do not watch the show or do not like the show. You have the right! It’s the 43rd amendment, I looked it up. The Right To Watch Unfunny Garbage or The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Amendment.
I don’t think I saw any of this particular episode to answer your question as this week has been extremely trying for me personally (nightmare apartment problems preventing me from sleeping and slowly deteriorating my mental health), professionally (multiple people at my office, including a very close friend, were laid off as I typed my initial post) and governmentally (last night we re-elected assholes who are going to ruin one of the most beautiful environments on Earth) so I honestly don’t remember if I caught my usual 2 minutes at the end of Hell’s Kitchen. Oh, and after spending 2 hours last night filling out forms to buy my first ever home I found out today that the developers are being sued for not maintaining the building and so we had to withdraw our offer.
So after all this, logging on to see people raving about New Girl, a show that is only marginally better than Whitney, was just too much. Be thankful though, it was either this or the clock tower with a gun.
Neil Degrasse Tyson is great and this post is great. I live in a country that is limiting scientific research and the voices of scientists every day so it’s great that someone out there is making science cool for the masses. Even if he has to partner up with Seth MacFarlane to do it, I can’t wait to see the new Cosmos. I love Carl Sagan and I think NDT is the man to make him proud.
The characters are poorly acted and way too broad and campy, everyone seems to be dumber than anyone I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime, there don’t ever appear to really be any jokes and it’s just a Manic Pixie Dream Girl Two and a Half Men. If people said it was their guilty pleasure I guess I would understand but the overwhelming praise continues to baffle me. Imagine if you came across someone who just LOVED Gwyneth Paltrow and thought she was a really cool, down-to-earth, relatable person. That’s how I feel when I hear people talking about how great New Girl is.
Of course this show had a Taylor Swift cameo. Andy Kindler (Mort from Bob’s Burgers) said it perfectly on Twitter yesterday, saying this show feels like it was assembled by people in lab coats. Too bad they didn’t think to include any jokes!
I had a hard time making it through this turgid episode. Same sketches, same jokes and except for the Flowers sketch the new sketches weren’t anything special either. Coupled with Vampire Weekend as the musical guest I had to skip through so much of this. Hopefully Kanye does something insane next week so at least the show is entertaining.
Everything I would say about Community (well past its prime, nosediving) and Bob’s Burgers (always delightful, a treat to watch) generally gets said before I read my daily Videogum. I stopped watching The Office because I’m not a masochist, we don’t get Comedy Central in Canada, and every week I see all these people saying New Girl is great and funny and I do not understand what they mean. The show itself seems mean, as every character seems to have a learning disability, or a severe mental handicap and the only joke is that they are dumb (“adult man cannot make eggs” Audience: hahahahahahahahaha!!!). I find it impossible that none of them have accidentally killed themselves using scissors because they are all super dumb.
I just find it incredibly disingenuous that people who would sneer and look down on According to Jim and Two and a Half Men (rightfully so, those shows are awful) enjoy a poorly acted show that’s just laughing at dumb people furrowing their brows in a vain attempt to understand the world around them. The comedy on New Girl is in no way smarter or better crafted than those two shows, it just has a Manic Pixie Dream Girl that hipsters want to sleep with. And the male actors, Jesus Christ. Don Knotts wants them to tone it down a bit.
Yet again I watched the first 2 minutes of New Girl and now it is clear to me that everyone, not just the titular New Girl, is partially retarded. I saw Rob Reiner make a guest appearance and I guess the retardation is passed down genetically as he seemed incapable of understanding basic concepts. One of the guys couldn’t make scrambled eggs (PROTIP: cook them until they are not liquid anymore) properly despite being an adult male and still decided to feed them to the New Girl, who he had just slept with? He also tore open a grapefruit with his hands, as a caveman would. Is this the joke? Everyone is retarded/has a learning disability? Is New Girl a sitcom Forrest Gump except everyone is Forrest Gump?
If they need a tagline for this show, Archer came up with a brilliant one a few years ago: “Idiots doing idiot things because they’re idiots.”
This is easily the best thing the NDP has done since Jack Layton died.
It doesn’t change EVERYTHING. The show is still horribly unfunny and poorly acted.
One time I was in a McDonald’s at 2 am because I make great life choices and I was laughing with friends and feeling great and then I saw a Native American (or Canadian I guess, since I’m Canadian and so was she) woman with several of her children. One of them couldn’t have been older than 2 and was drinking from a cup of soda that probably rivaled her in weight. I felt so sad because I knew that kid’s life was going to be a constant struggle, with the lack of good parenting compounding the difficulties in being a minority in a country that is still very racist towards Natives.
That said, that soul-crushing, awful experience is still better and funnier than any episode of New Girl.
“Real rappers is hard to find, like a remote…control” – proof that Common is not amazing. Also, knit hats.
My girlfriend has a serious problem with Common and it is absolutely hilarious to me. It’s the only time she’ll ever bring herself to use the word “pussy” because she can’t think of any other way to describe him.
The cast has talent? I feel like the acting from the male characters would have been deemed “too broad and campy” in the 1980s.
Last week’s was surprisingly good! I feel the same way, that it hasn’t been the same without Dan Harmon, but last week was the best of the season so far to me. Haven’t seen the puppet episode yet, kinda wary.
I don’t think she could handle Nedra, which was fine with me because I couldn’t handle her puppet. That seems like a whole different show that would air on TLC that I wouldn’t watch. My girlfriend figured out Jeremy was leaving via the same method as you. I really hope Dan is gone next, that guy is awful at everything and his impressions of people he’s mad at are all the same and terrible.
They got rid of Baby Shrek. Not sure if this is a spoiler alert or not, but a future episode has Jacqueline making oinking noises in response to someone else undercooking pork despite the fact that she almost got kicked off for serving raw chicken.
You’d feel a lot less happy if you read the insanely homophobic posts on NHL websites. Not in response to the You Can Play announcement, but in response to the video posted above.
I watch Hell’s Kitchen with my girlfriend and we always get the first few minutes of New Girl at the end of each recording. Do they save the jokes for the last half of the show? Because if I judged it on the opening minutes it seems like a very predictable and terrible show for people with very low entertainment thresholds. What is the joke exactly? That the girl is borderline retarded? That the guys never took acting lessons?
My most memorable college roommate was named Johnathan (not John, NEVER John!) and tucked his sweaters into his pants. He would sit at the edge of the kitchen eating his tv dinners on his lap while watching Babylon 5. We said he was more than welcome to sit on the couch and watch tv while he ate, but he never did. For my 20th birthday I had a crazy party that included a friend of mine dancing on our roof outside of his bedroom window on LSD and he didn’t even notice. I’m sure he’s married to a lovely body pillow now.
More Bob Odenkirk is a bad idea? Whatever you say, Hitler.
This episode was funny? I must have got a different episode because mine had one-note sketches that went on way too long and enthusiasm masquerading as good material.
More like tragicomic sans.