The BEST Episodes of New Girl
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Jessica Day is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn't. Although she's dorky and awkward, she's comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she's not used to hanging with the boys--especially at home.
#1 - Five Stars for Beezus
Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 4, 2017
Jess is ready to tell Nick of her true feelings for him. Meanwhile, Nick takes a meeting with a book publisher, as Aly helps Winston reconnect with an important person. Then, Cece and Schmidt receive big news.
#2 - Elaine's Big Day
Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired May 14, 2013
Cece's wedding day finds Jess and Nick making a decision about their relationship. Meanwhile, Schmidt schemes with a typically overenthusiastic Winston to sabotage the nuptials, although a shocking announcement may be bigger than anything he plans.
#3 - Landing Gear
Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 2016
Schmidt makes a last ditch effort to convince Cece’s mom to come to their wedding, but in doing so, he might miss the special day himself.
#4 - Birthday
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2014
Nick struggles to throw Jess the perfect birthday party, while Schmidt works overtime to help out Cece in her new job as bartender and Winston and Coach engage in a bake-off.
#5 - Cooler
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 29, 2013
Nick and Schmidt go out on a "bro's night," but quickly become infatuated with, and highly competitive over, a beautiful woman attracted to sadness. Meanwhile, Winston falls for a girl with absolutely no interest in him, which only makes him more attracted to her. Then, Jess' decision to have a night alone in the loft doesn't go as planned and involves another round of the drinking game "True American," and a surprising development in her relationship with one of the loft mates.
#6 - Clean Break
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 5, 2015
As Coach prepares to move out of the loft, Schmidt also decides to get rid of his non-essentials and in the process discovers what is truly important to him; Jess and Nick reminisce about their “sex mug” and wonder if they still have feelings for each other.
#7 - Quick Hardening Caulk
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 19, 2013
Jess comes to a conclusion about her romantic feelings for Nick and she struggles to tell him - until she's hopped up on pain medication. But after admitting her feelings, she finds out he may have been keeping something from her. Meanwhile, Schmidt becomes obsessed with buying a fish, which Winston sees as a metaphor for Schmidt's unresolved feelings toward Cece and Nick plans a bar promotion to impress the bar owner.
#8 - Engram Pattersky
Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired May 15, 2018
The gang takes a tour down memory lane, which includes a final round of "True American".
#9 - Prince
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 2, 2014
Jess is ready to paint the town purple when a chance encounter finds her and best friend Cece invited to a once-in-a-lifetime mansion party thrown by music legend Prince. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Nick, Schmidt, Winston and Coach are determined to crash the festivities, building toward an Unforgettable ending.
#10 - A Chill Day In
Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 26, 2016
Refusing to accept that their crazy days are behind them, Jess and Cece abandon their low-key bachelorette party plans and seek a night out to top all others.
#11 - See Ya
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 8, 2012
When one of the roommates decides to move out of the loft, the gang makes an unexpected trip to the desert where Winston faces his fear of the dark, Cece and Schmidt’s relationship reaches a turning point and Jess and Nick square off with a coyote.
#12 - Virgins
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 30, 2013
In a series of flashbacks, Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Winston and Cece tell one another how they each lost their virginity. Not surprisingly, when they realize the stories directly affect their present day sex lives, one relationship will change forever.
#13 - Santa
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 2012
When the gang attempts to juggle multiple holiday parties in one night, Jess tries to avoid a remorseful Sam, Nick tries to keep up with a sexually adventurous Angie and Winston panics when he gets a cranberry stuck in his ear.
#14 - Tomatoes
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 24, 2012
Jess fears she and Russell don't share the fiery passion he exhibits with his ex-wife Ouli. Meanwhile, Cece is not yet willing to admit her true feelings for Schmidt, so she encourages him to go on a date with one of her Russian model roommates. Then, a down-in-the-dumps Nick channels all of his energy into a new vegetable garden.
#15 - Thanksgiving IV
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 2014
With winter coming and everyone still single, Schmidt initiates a "Bangs-giving"-themed Thanksgiving dinner party, to which everyone must bring someone compatible for someone else.
#16 - Goldmine
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 2014
Nick pretends to be gay to make his status as Jess' "ex" less of an issue to her new beau. To Coach's annoyance, Winston works his "Long Game" on their attractive neighbors, Michelle and Viv. Meanwhile, Schmidt panics when Cece considers having a breast reduction.
#17 - Secrets
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 3, 2012
While training for a marathon, Jess discovers that Cece has been keeping a secret from her, and their friendship is put to the test. Meanwhile, Winston can't handle being the only one who knows about Cece and Schmidt, and Nick reluctantly asks for Schmidt's help as he tries to juggle dating two women at once.
#18 - Mario
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired May 8, 2018
Nick's plan to propose to Jess is thrown off-course when they decide to get a dog, Winston sees color for the first time and Schmidt worries about Cece getting pregnant again.
#19 - Winston's Birthday
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 7, 2013
Jess' dad chooses the worst day to pay the loft an unexpected visit, forcing a nervous Nick to spend the day alone with him. Jess finds herself with huge opportunity for a new job on the day before Cece's wedding. Schmidt must take a look in the mirror and confront his real feelings about Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Winston psyches himself up for his huge surprise birthday celebration, which no one seemed to remember to throw for him.
#20 - Wedding Eve
Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 2016
On the night before the wedding, Nick and Winston try to help Schmidt re-write his vows and Jess, thinking that Sam is going to propose to her, rallies the gang into playing True American to avoid giving him an answer.
#21 - Table 34
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 5, 2013
The gang attends a dating convention, where Cece hopes to find a prospective husband - even as Schmidt hopes to win her back. Meanwhile, Winston's mojo returns, and Jess and Nick get put in a compromising position in front of Dr. Sam.
#22 - The Curse of the Pirate Bride
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired May 15, 2018
Jess and Nick make two life-changing decisions and Winston and Aly's big day arrives.
#23 - Fancyman (2)
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 27, 2012
Jess' sophisticated date with Russell doesn't go as planned. Meanwhile, Nick's college friend visits and brings out Nick's inner frat boy to help him get over his break-up with Julia. Also, Winston panics when Shelby goes on a "girls" vacation and Schmidt and Cece try to keep their relationship under the covers, but one of the friends finds out their secret.
#24 - Halloween
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2012
Jess gets a job as a zombie at a haunted house, but is more frightened of her changing feelings towards Sam. Schmidt and Cece are perfectly matched in the costumes they're wearing, while Winston and Shelby are worlds apart in theirs. Nick gets a visit from a former college crush who shows her affection in a scary way.
#25 - Fired Up
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 11, 2014
Jess hires, then must immediately fire Coach as her school’s new volleyball coach. Meanwhile, Schmidt gets sued and enlists Nick and a procedural television-loving Winston to represent him at the deposition. Also, Cece catches the eye of a much younger man.