Genre: single-camera sitcom
Premise: Fresh off a recent break-up and tired of living with her hot roommate, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys.
Behind-the-Scenes: Creator Liz Meriwether wrote the screenplay for No Strings Attached. Damon Wayans, Jr. plays one of the guys in the pilot, but had to back out due to ABC's Happy Endings being renewed, and is replaced by Lamorne Morris in future episodes.
The Good: Zooey Deschanel is perfect in the role of the goofy, offbeat gal who sings her own theme songs and proves beyond awkward at the dating scene. Even more surprising, her acting style fits in well with the sitcom format and she proves a natural on the small screen. Her Jess is funny and charming. The three guys (Wayans, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson) are just as good. I like the running joke of having to put a dollar in the "douchebag jar" each time they act like one. The show concept is simple and unadorned - comedy comes from the characters and situations, rather than heavy reliance on plot. Maybe the endless cycle of promos helped, but the pilot felt more like a mid-season episode - the cast was relaxed and confident. Meriwether writes women and men equally well.
The Bad: Jess watches Dirty Dancing 6 times a day to get over her break-up and sobs heavily while watching it - the joke is a bit forced (though it does pay off later in the episode). Is Jess too much of a "pixie dream girl?" Hopefully, losing Wayans doesn't ruin a good thing.
Will It Last?: I think so. Judging from the promos, Fox believes in it. Makes for a nice hour-long block of comedy when paired with Raising Hope.
Add a Season Pass?: Heck yeah! This is my favorite of all the new shows I've seen so far. I'm already looking forward to next week.