The Best Episodes of New Girl

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018

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.

Cooler

#1 - Cooler

Season 2 - Episode 15

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.

star 8.37
1,303 votes
Directors: Max Winkler
Writers: Rebecca Addelman
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Elaine's Big Day

#2 - Elaine's Big Day

Season 2 - Episode 25

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.

star 8.34
1,410 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Christian Magalhaes, Bob Snow
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Virgins

#3 - Virgins

Season 2 - Episode 23

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.

star 8.22
1,425 votes
Directors: Alec Berg
Writers: Elizabeth Meriwether
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Birthday

#4 - Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.21
1,582 votes
Directors: Richie Keen
Writers: Kim Rosenstock
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Prince

#5 - Prince

Season 3 - Episode 14

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.

star 8.20
1,578 votes
Directors: Fred Goss
Writers: David Feeney, Rob Rosell
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See Ya

#6 - See Ya

Season 1 - Episode 24

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.

star 8.20
1,152 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Meriwether
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Secrets

#7 - Secrets

Season 1 - Episode 19

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.

star 8.19
1,180 votes
Directors: David Wain
Writers: Matt Shakman
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Quick Hardening Caulk

#8 - Quick Hardening Caulk

Season 2 - Episode 19

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.

star 8.18
1,466 votes
Writers: Brett Baer, Dave Finkel
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Fancyman (1)

#9 - Fancyman (1)

Season 1 - Episode 17

A student's wealthy father asks Jess out on a date. Nick tried to buy a new cell phone. Winston and Schmidt get competitive during a game of trivia.

star 8.13
1,227 votes
Directors: Peyton Reed
Writers: J.J. Philbin, Nick Adams
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Fancyman (2)

#10 - Fancyman (2)

Season 1 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.13
1,172 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Berkley Johnson, Kim Rosenstock
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Clean Break

#11 - Clean Break

Season 4 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.09
1,349 votes
Writers: Rebecca Addelman, Kim Rosenstock
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Five Stars for Beezus

#12 - Five Stars for Beezus

Season 6 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.09
1,968 votes
Directors: Erin O'Malley
Writers: Elizabeth Meriwether
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Winston's Birthday

#13 - Winston's Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 24

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.

star 8.08
1,379 votes
Directors: Max Winkler
Writers: Brett Baer, Dave Finkel
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The Landlord

#14 - The Landlord

Season 1 - Episode 12

Against Nick's wishes, Jess makes it her mission to get the loft's cantankerous landlord to like her. In doing so, she inadvertently jeopardizes their living situation and the guys are forced to admit they've made some "unofficial" changes to the apartment. Meanwhile Schmidt tries to decipher what he thinks are mixed signals from his boss Kim.

star 8.07
1,259 votes
Directors: Peyton Reed
Writers: Berkley Johnson, Josh Malmuth, Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
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Kids

#15 - Kids

Season 1 - Episode 21

Jess babysits Russell's pre-teen daughter for the weekend and meets his ex-wife. Then, Schmidt and Cece panic when they think she's pregnant. Also, Nick's new girlfriend may be too young and Winston discovers his new boss is a big baby.

star 8.07
1,134 votes
Writers: Donick Cary, Lesley Wake Webster
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Tomatoes

#16 - Tomatoes

Season 1 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.06
1,153 votes
Writers: David Walpert, Kim Rosenstock
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Landing Gear

#17 - Landing Gear

Season 5 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.06
1,788 votes
Directors: Erin O'Malley
Writers: Luvh Rakhe
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Valentine's Day

#18 - Valentine's Day

Season 1 - Episode 13

Jess convinces Schmidt to help her land a stranger on her first Valentine's day without a date. Nick spends more time with Julie's Assistant than Julie, ruining his special day plans.

star 8.04
1,241 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Lesley Wake Webster
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Santa

#19 - Santa

Season 2 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.04
1,141 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Luvh Rakhe
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Naked

#20 - Naked

Season 1 - Episode 4

Jess accidentally sees Nick naked, shattering his self-confidence. Winston becomes overly obsessed with learning new pop culture references. Lake Bell guest stars as Amanda, a co-worker that Nick begins dating.

star 8.03
1,424 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Writers: J.J. Philbin
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Normal

#21 - Normal

Season 1 - Episode 20

Jess nervously invites Russell to spend the weekend at the loft; Winston gets a job at a sports radio station.

star 8.01
1,154 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Luvh Rakhe
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Halloween

#22 - Halloween

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.01
1,184 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: David Iserson
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Jess and Julia

#23 - Jess and Julia

Season 1 - Episode 11

Nick panics when Julia doesn't want to put a label on their relationship. Meanwhile, Jess enlists Julia to help her get out of a traffic ticket, Winston reconnects with a former booty call and Schmidt is baffled as to why his shower towel is always damp.

star 8.01
1,303 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Elizabeth Meriwether, Luvh Rakhe
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The 23rd

#24 - The 23rd

Season 1 - Episode 9

The roommates attend Schmidt's holiday office party; Jess frets when she receives an extravagant gift from Paul.

star 8.00
1,301 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Donick Cary
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Table 34

#25 - Table 34

Season 2 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.99
1,162 votes
Writers: David Iserson
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