15 Intriguing Shows Like 'New Girl'
What Series Are Like New Girl?
There are few things as precious as friendships. From people with similar likes to the diametrically opposed, it’s no secret that friends make everything better. Who wouldn’t want someone they can talk to about everything, experience new situations with, share happiness, and run to when things go wrong?
If you’re looking to get religious, a Bible verse mentions how some friends are much more important than siblings and most of us will attest to this. As social creatures, the concept of friendship is something we can’t get enough of, which is why some of the best shows center around this theme.
A show that illustrates this beautifully is New Girl. It tells the story of an awkward but optimistic girl who, after going through a rough break up, moves into an apartment with three guys (who are as different as each of their weird peccadilloes), forming an unlikely bond of friendship with them along with her best friend.
It’s not difficult to understand why this sitcom is widely popular. With characters so relatable and diverse, any audience can identify with them. For seven whole seasons, New Girl has brought humor and warmed the hearts of its audiences until its series finale in 2018. New Girl may be gone, but the reminders of beautiful friendships stay forever through time. Here is a list of 15 shows like New Girl that'll hook you instantly.
Series Similar to New Girl
- Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 (2012 - 2013)
- Happy Endings (2011 - 2013)
- Chewing Gum (2015 - )
- Lady Dynamite (2016 - 2017)
- The Mindy Project (2012 - 2017)
- Cooper Barret's Guide to Surviving Life (2016)
- 2 Broke Girls (2011 - 2017)
- The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019)
- Ben And Kate (2012 - 2013)
- 30 Rock (2006 - 2013)
- F.R.I.E.N.D.S (1994 - 2004)
- Community (2009 - 2015)
- Seinfeld (1989 - 1998)
- Modern Family (2009 - )
- How I Met Your Mother (2005 - 2014)
1. Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012 – 2013)
For two seasons between 2012 and 2013, audiences could not get enough of this unlikely pair. Played by Dreama Walker, the series kicks off with the story of June. When June’s plans for a perfect life go up in smoke on account of the company she’s with folding up, she finds a job at a coffee shop and a new roommate called Chloe, who is played by Krysten Ritter.
Things start off on the wrong foot with the two as Chloe, a loud and obnoxious party girl, tries to take advantage of June. Over time, however, and primarily due to June’s social navigation prowess, they soon become inseparable. The series also stars James Van Der Beek, who plays a storied version of himself, hoping desperately to resurrect his acting career.
Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
2. Happy Endings (2011 – 2013)
There may be only 57 episodes of Happy Endings, but they are highly entertaining.
Telling the story of friendship between three girls and three guys, Happy Endings is a story of how a group must learn to stick with each other after a fallout between its core members. It’s a series about maturity, letting go of hurt and knowing you have someone (or some people) in your corner at all times.
Happy Endings is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store. If you're looking for some shows like New Girl, Happy Endings should be right up your alley.
3. Chewing Gum (2015 - )
If you’re looking for a series that focuses on the New Girl elements of self-discovery and support from friends, Chewing Gum is it.
This British comedy written and starring Michaela Coel of Black Mirror fame, follows Tracey, a sex-obsessed, Beyoncé loving virgin who is as awkward as she is audacious. When life comes at her at an alarming rate, she learns to adjust all the while having to contend with her highly religious mother and sister.
With the jury out on whether the series will return for a third season, you have time to catch up on the story so far before you join the multitude of adoring fans clamoring for more. Chewing Gum is available for streaming on Netflix.
4. Lady Dynamite (2016 – 2017)
You don’t get more surreal than this semi-autobiographical sitcom. Loosely based on the life of and starring funny lady Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite is a hilarious show about a woman’s flirtation with moments of insanity.
Featuring several guest appearances by renowned celebrities such as Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman (along with several dogs), Maria Bamford’s fictionalized version of herself is true comedic gold and should definitely be on your watchlist if it isn’t already.
Stream all two seasons of Lady Dynamite on Netflix.
5. The Mindy Project (2012 – 2017)
The Mindy Project is another sitcom with a support system. Despite Mindy Lahiri’s success as a doctor, she doesn’t seem to be good at anything else.
The series follows her on her journey to become a better version of herself, as her best friend from college tries to help her do it. With six seasons under its belt and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86%, you would be remiss to skip out on this hilarious sitcom. It starts off slow but soon gets into the groove.
The Mindy Project is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
6. Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (2016)
Life is tough, but it definitely does get better with friends. Jack Cutmore-Scott plays Cooper Barrett, a college graduate with no idea what he wants to do with his life. Unemployed and in love with his neighbour Kelly, played by Meaghan Rath, Cooper Barret’s Guide to Surviving Life details the struggles of Cooper and his friends, and how they ultimately are always there for each other.
You can purchase Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life now on the iTunes and Google Play Store.
7. 2 Broke Girls (2011 – 2017)
What do you get when you put two girls from very different walks of life into somewhat abject poverty? The comical series, 2 Broke Girls.
An unlikely pairing of a street-wise hustler and a billionaire’s daughter, both working as waitresses, serves as the premise for this series, as they both look to start a cupcake business together. The only problem is, they’ve both got financial problems and need to find the money to start.
The series has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, winning one for Best Art Direction in 2012 before getting canceled in 2017. The show may be over, but all six glorious seasons of 2 Broke Girls are available on iTunes and the Google Play Store. Those looking for a series like New Girl will love what 2 Broke Girls brings to the table.
8. The Big Bang Theory (2007 – 2019)
This might probably be the most popular show in recent history on this list. Produced by the “King of Sitcoms”, Chuck Lorre, The Big Bang Theory follows the lives of Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, roommates and geniuses who work at Caltech: a waitress and aspiring actress named Penny, who lives across the hall from them; and their socially awkward friends.
It’s a wacky world where the definition of what a “genius” is, is frequently put to the test. The show was nominated for several Emmys with Jim Parsons winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series four times as Sheldon Cooper along with a Golden Globe.
Binge watch all twelve seasons of The Big Bang Theory available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
9. Ben and Kate (2012 – 2013)
Family doesn’t always mean friendly and Ben and Kate draws an interesting picture of how two siblings take a step past being relatives to becoming friends.
Shot as a single-camera sitcom, Ben and Kate tells the story of Kate, who after getting pregnant and giving birth, has a lot of growing up to do. Trying to make ends meet and be a good parent, she is barely holding her head above water when her older brother and eternal dreamer shows up homeless and looking to stay with her.
The series then follows their lives as they try to figure out how this adulting thing works while raising Kate’s daughter. Ben and Kate is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
10. 30 Rock (2006 – 2013)
There are a few shows on this list that has been iconic for television sitcom and 30 Rock is one of them. Starring Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan playing a fictionalized version of himself, 30 Rock is a show about a young head writer for a comedy show who is forced to deal with a gang of egos when she is ordered to hire a mentally unstable movie star on the show.
Loosely based on the backstage events of very real Saturday Night Live show, 30 Rock became known for its extremely elaborate set designs and extensive use of cutaways as it continued to parody its parent corporations. The show is brilliantly written with the Writers Guild of America West once naming it the 21st best-written television series of all time.
With such high praise, several major awards under its belt, along with an IMDB rating of 8/10, 30 Rock is a show you should get to know if you haven’t already. With seven whole seasons available, you can binge watch all the hilarity that ensues in 30 Rock on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
11. Friends (1994 – 2004)
You can’t make a list about long-lasting friendships without mentioning the progenitor of the group buddy system, Friends.
When Rachel abandons her wedding day and begins to live with her childhood friend Monica, she is introduced to Monica’s group of friends, forming a six best-friends-forever group, with each episode unveiling their adventures as they figure out life.
More than any on this list, Friends has gathered several accolades from sixty-two Emmy nominations to a Writers Guild of America ranking of number 24 on the list of Best Written TV Series of All Time. Binge watch all 10 seasons of Friends on Netflix.
12. Community (2009 – 2015)
Community tells the story of a disgraced lawyer who is forced to go back to school to earn a degree. With intentions of impressing a pretty student, he forms a Spanish study group and invites her to come. Unfortunately for him, she is not the only one who shows up. With the weird and quirky members continuing to meet, they, over time, develop a deep friendship and a keen sense of self-identity.
The series follows the group and their shenanigans as they interact with other equally (and sometimes even more so) unusual characters. All six seasons of Community are available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
13. Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)
Sitcoms on this list don’t get more iconic than Seinfeld. Often known as “the show about nothing," Seinfeld follows the story of Jerry Seinfeld; playing a fictionalized version of himself and his three friends as they live their lives.
Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld himself, the nine-season-long show was predominantly shot in an apartment building in New York City and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made with magazines like the Rolling Stones ranking it as one of the best television shows of all time.
It’s safe to say Seinfeld laid the foundation for shows like New Girl to thrive. Get Seinfeld on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
14. Modern Family (2009 - )
What’s even better than friends becoming family? A family of friends who embrace the absurdities of life together. Modern Family is a mockumentary style comedy told from the perspective of an unseen filmmaker, who documents the Pritchett family.
With characters as diverse as they come and each family member a bundle of laughs on their own, Modern Family brings humor and levity to family life like never before. Show creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan are rumoured to have thought of the series while sharing stories of their own families.
With ten seasons under its belt, you can binge watch Modern Family on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
15. How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)
Without a doubt, How I Met Your Mother has done for this era of comedy what Seinfeld did for the 90s.
The series follows Ted Mosby as he narrates the story of how he met his future wife to his children. What we are treated to is a story through flashbacks detailing the adventures Ted and his zany friends embark upon as he marches towards the fated meeting.
Created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays (who readily admit the series is loosely based on their friendship), the show is known for its unique structure and use of dramatic elements, earning it an almost cult like following over the years while being nominated for thirty Emmy Awards and winning ten.
The show ran for nine glorious seasons before finally concluding in 2014, meaning, if you haven’t had the pleasure already, you are in for a long and pleasant treat. How I Met Your Mother is available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
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