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The Most Important Episodes Of 'New Girl'

Updated May 5, 2020 1.2k votes 184 voters 9.5k views23 items

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It’s difficult to pick the most important New Girl episodes. The beloved series aired for seven seasons and consists of 146 episodes, seamlessly making the transition from adorkable comedy to sitcom gold along the way. Thanks to a talented cast, some of the best episodes of New Girl take advantage of its ensemble's palpable chemistry instead of relying on Jessica Day’s goofy antics to engage audiences. 

Throughout its run, this show was one of the most consistently funny series on television, its uplifting nature due mostly to the strong bond between the five main characters. The really good New Girl episodes usually happen when everyone’s personality gets to shine as they struggle to settle into adulthood. Whether you’re partial to Schmidt’s over-enunciation, Cece’s scathing sarcasm, or Winston’s escalating weirdness with Ferguson, the top New Girl episodes will satisfy your expectations. 

The most important installments from this sitcom focus on the entire cast and feature game-changing moments, either for one particular character or for each individual story. When planning a re-watch, which of the titles listed below would be at the height of your binge list? Vote up the New Girl episodes that you believe are most meaningful to the series as a whole. And if you're looking for more quirky sitcoms, check out other good shows like New Girl!

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    'Quick Hardening Caulk' (Season 2, Episode 19): The Two Main Romantic Pairings Both Take A Turn

    'Quick Hardening Caulk' (Season 2, Episode 19): The Two Main Romantic Pairings Both Take A Turn
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    "Quick Hardening Caulk" finally forces Nick and Jess to confront their kiss earlier in the season - deepening their relationship after a shouting match.

    Elsewhere, Schmidt becomes obsessed with acquiring a California lionfish which he thinks of as a rather obvious metaphor for Cece. When Cece gifts him the fish, he forces himself to come to terms with her marriage and set the aquatic animal free. 

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    'Normal' (Season 1, Episode 20): True American Is Introduced 

    'Normal' (Season 1, Episode 20): True American Is Introduced 
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    This episode is crucial because it introduces the famous and convoluted drinking game True American, which becomes one of the best recurring gags of the series. It all happens when Jess invites her boyfriend Russell to spend the night at her place and decides to spice things up with alcohol following an awkward dinner. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a cameo appearance as well.

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    'Cece Crashes' (Season 1, Episode 5): Two Of The Ships Are Introduced 

    'Cece Crashes' (Season 1, Episode 5): Two Of The Ships Are Introduced 
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    Will they/won’t they arcs are the bread and butter of most sitcoms. This episode introduces not one, but two of the romantic pairings that will come to play a crucial role in New Girl moving forward. When she moves into the loft for a few days, Cece suggests that Nick might have feelings for Jess, making her question their platonic bond.

    On the other hand, both Schmidt and Winston want to sleep with Cece, but she ultimately ends up in Schmidt’s bed with the two of them holding hands. It’s an episode that showcases New Girl’s rom-com roots in hilarious fashion.

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    'Prince' (Season 3, Episode 14): Prince Gives Nick And Jess Relationship Advice

    'Prince' (Season 3, Episode 14): Prince Gives Nick And Jess Relationship Advice
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    In "Prince," Zooey Deschanel and Prince sing a duet, Prince himself hands out some relationship advice, and Nick and Jess say "I love you" for the first time. Airing after the Super Bowl, it was a momentous installment, and it stands the test of time as one of New Girl’s funniest episodes - both because it highlights Nick and Jess's clumsiness and because Prince takes center stage. 

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