New Girl leaps into its final season with a time jump and a pregnant pause

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“Don’t make it about the mustache!”

As New Girl hurtled toward the end of its sixth-season—and, at the time, the possible series conclusion—its last seconds showed Jessica Day and Nick Miller yelling, “Stay right there!” as they frantically raced toward each other. They didn’t stay put, though, and that’s how they…

“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

New Girl’s season (and maybe series) finale is packed with joyous farce

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Last week, “San Diego” feinted in the direction of convenience and cowardice, then turned the tables, letting each character get something they deserve. In “Five Stars For Beezus,” that cowardice—and the courage to overcome it—goes from subtext to text as Jess, Nick, and Winston all face up to fears. These last two…

Beyond will-they/won’t-they: New Girl, Mindy, and the state of the rom-sitcom

Romantic comedies have been a genre almost since movies were created, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a very simple scenario to set up: Two people meet in an undoubtedly cute fashion; they’re separated for a period of time; they get back together, and everything wraps up for posterity in two hours or less. We…

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