The Most Important Episodes Of 'New Girl'  

Alexandra Plesa
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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.

'Cooler' (Season 2, Episode 15): Nick And Jess Kiss For The First Time 
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Nick, Schmidt, and Winston leave Jess alone in the loft while they go out to pick up girls. When Jess hears weird noises, she urges them to return. The boys head home and they all decide to play a game of strip True American. 

The game ends with Nick and Jess locked in a room, expecting to kiss, with everyone else cheering them on. Nick does everything humanly possible to avoid locking lips, explaining to Jess that he doesn't want their first kiss to happen because of a drinking game as he proceeds to climb out the window.

At the end of the night, after everyone has gone to bed, Nick and Jess confront each other in the hallway and Nick finally pays off the big romantic build up viewers have been hoping for.

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'Clean Break' (Season 4, Episode 22): Schmidt Proposes To Cece
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In the season 4 finale, Coach prepares to move out and tries to make the break as clean as possible so he can avoid any unnecessary mushiness. Of course, that was never going to work as long as this group was involved.

Even more important, Schmidt proposes to Cece, managing an excellent callback to Season 1 and softening the hearts of New Girl fans everywhere. Cece accepts, finally putting an end to the question of whether the unlikely couple will end up together. 

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'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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'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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