TV Smackdown: ‘Marry Me’ vs. ‘New Girl’

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Cole Clay // Film Critic

Tonight, we have a true television sitcom death match between the FOX veteran, NEW GIRL (currently in its 4th season), and NBC’s fresh-faced MARRY ME. Both of these comedies are catered to the 25 to 35-year-old demographic, so it’s a safe bet to think that NEW GIRL will take the match with a TKO, but not so fast, Zooey Deschanel. There is a new kid on the Tuesday night block and her name is Casey Wilson.

In this Fresh Fiction article, we will briefly break down each show to decide which show you should be watching tonight. And on top of that, both are airing new episodes tonight, and in the same time slot no less.

MARRY ME -- "Thank Me" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ken Marino as Jake, Casey Wilson as Annie, Tim Meadows as Kevin 1, Dan Bucatinsky as Kevin 2, JoBeth Williams as Myrna, Sarah Wright Olsen as Dennah, John Gemberling as Gil, Tymberlee Hill as Kay -- Photo by: (Tyler Golden/NBC)

MARRY ME — “Thank Me” Episode 104 — Pictured: (l-r) Ken Marino as Jake, Casey Wilson as Annie, Tim Meadows as Kevin 1, Dan Bucatinsky as Kevin 2, JoBeth Williams as Myrna, Sarah Wright Olsen as Dennah, John Gemberling as Gil, Tymberlee Hill as Kay — Photo by: (Tyler Golden/NBC)

MARRY ME (NBC), 9/8 p.m. CST

What is this show?
Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, HAPPY ENDINGS) and Jake (Ken Marino, EASTBOUND & DOWN) bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they have been inseparable ever since. Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake’s all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. Will they be able to tie the knot?

Tonight’s episode:
Thank Me” – Annie decides to host a Thanksgiving dinner, but clashes with Jake’s mother, who’s always hosted in the past. Gil finds out that he has a skill for fine-cheese tasting.

Why you should watch?
MARRY ME has showed a incredible promising first four episodes thus far by finding its identity quickly. This can be attributed to creator David Caspe, who previously helmed the wildly funny show HAPPY ENDINGS. Caspe blends pop culture references with crude and irreverent humor and turns it into something incredibly sweet.

What to watch for?
Keep an eye on John Gemberling as Gil the “best friend” of leading man Jake. Gemberling definitely sticks out from the rest of the group with his endearing, absurd advice and his wet puppy dog schtick that has some semblance with Zach Galifianakis.

NEW GIRL:  Jess (Zooey Deschanel, R) and Ryan (guest star Julian Morris, L) are partners during a teachers' conference in the "Teachers" episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Jennifer Clasen/FOX

NEW GIRL: Jess (Zooey Deschanel, R) and Ryan (guest star Julian Morris, L) are partners during a teachers’ conference in the “Teachers” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jennifer Clasen/FOX

NEW GIRL (FOX), 9/8 p.m. CST

What is this show?
A comedy about the sexual politics of men and women, NEW GIRL features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at modern relationships. Jess Day (Deschanel) is an offbeat and “adorkable” woman in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves into a loft with three single guys.

Tonight’s episode:
“Teachers” – Jess, Coach and Ryan attend a teachers’ conference, led by education guru Brenda Brown. Back at the loft, Nick, Schmidt and Winston try to have a wild weekend while Jess is out of town.

Why you should watch?
The stars of NEW GIRL have carved a special niche for themselves on Tuesday nights for three years now. And although the show is based upon the quirkiness of Deschanel, the four leading men (Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr. and Lamorne Norris) have stolen a bit of the spotlight. This ensemble is one of the most fun and relatable gatherings of young comedic actors on television today.

Who to watch for?
Lamorne Norris, this guy is always patiently waiting in the wings ready to pounce on any punchline the writing team throws his way. But, it’s a given that with Jess – aka the voice of reason – away for the weekend the trio left at home for the weekend are going to be involved in hap-hazard misadventures.

WINNER?
It’s a tie! Yeah, well, both shows are great and hopefully you have either a DVR, or HULU plus account because tonight’s episodes are the best of the season so far.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.