New Girl in my opinion is one of the funniest sitcoms on TV right now, but the premise seems very familiar. With one girl, three guys, and never-ending laughs, New Girl can almost be seen as the reincarnation of the beloved nineties sitcom, Seinfeld. Obviously, there are clear differences between the two shows such as time, place, and different characters of course, but there is a lot that is similar.
Still from New Girl, “Injured” (Season 1, Episode 15, 2012.)
One of the overarching similarities that I’ve seen are the dynamics between the characters. Like Elaine has strong relationships with Jerry, Kramer, and George, Jess is also very close with Winston, Schmidt, and Nick. Jess’s romantic relationship with Nick in New Girl can even be seen to mirror Elaine’s past relationship with Jerry that is mentioned throughout the series. Besides the romance, Elaine and Jess have great friendships with the guys that persevere throughout the series and have made the shows so successful and funny.
Additionally, all the characters are so different but work perfectly together. Jess could not be more different than Nick and same with Jerry and Kramer. From Winston’s obsession with his cat to Elaine’s terrible dancing, all of these characters bring a different aspect to each show. While all the characters’ lives and personalities differ greatly, there is no denying that when they’re all together, it creates pure magic.
Finally, both the shows really are about these characters’ friendships and nothing more. New Girl and Seinfeld don’t revolve around a particular aspect of the characters’ lives, such as work or family, but instead focus on the relationship between these characters. While love, jobs, families, and more are woven in and out of the shows, the friendship between the characters are really what these shows are all about and make them what they are.
Seinfeld and New Girl have their differences bit in the midst of the many sitcoms that are out there today, these two share very noticeable similarities. The only question I have left to ask is, is it on purpose?