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Goodbye, New Girl: a whimsical comedy from an innocent age

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After seven seasons the surreal and sharp show draws to a close having begun in a more easy going era of television It’s strange to think that, like Game of Thrones and Black Mirror, New Girl only started in 2011. While the former two series have come to feel right at home in our fraught and fractured times, perfect on-screen reflections of the chaos around us, New Girl is a relic of a mythical land, an easier and breezier era in which television could be warm and silly without the need for a harrowing back story and laughter so stretched and tight that cosmetic surgeons could pack it and sell it. The series ended for good in the US in May, but, as with chlorinated chicken, we have had a period of grace before confronting the inevitable. So here we are, seven months later, giving British audiences the chance to see off the one-time flatmates and look into their futures, Friends-style. I always thought that the reputation of New Girl was slightly hamstrung by its twee theme song – try to sing “Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!” more than once without wanting to break something - and Zooey Deschanel’s image as the epitome of the manic pixie dream girl (as captured best in the endearing Saturday Night Live sketch Bein’ Quirky With Zooey Deschanel, in which Deschanel appears and which involves
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