It’s a question for the ages. Whenever a new ensemble comedy premieres with a cast of four, it is inevitable that you will ask who is Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and slutbag (and my idol!) Blanche Devereaux.
I started playing this game back in the day with The Facts Of Life. While Facts actually premiered in 1979, six years BEFORE the Golden Girls debuted in 1985, both were NBC sitcoms that I used to watch on Saturday nights in the mid to late 1980s. This show was easy to diagnose:
Blair=Blanche (vain, beautiful, popular)
Natalie=Rose (sweet, innocent, adorable. She also has the best line of any sitcom ever: “Who wants to be a skinny pencil? I’m happy being a magic marker!” I hate to say that but it’s way more captivating than any St. Olaf story.)
Jo=Dorothy (masculine, wore shoulder pads)
Tootie=Sophia (more by default than anything. Always keeping the black man down!)
You see where I’m going with this. And now that one of my favorite new shows has just concluded for the season, we’re going to play the same game. Yup, New Girl, it’s time for you to get the Golden Girls treatment.
Here we go:
Jessica Day: Rose, duh.
Nick: This was a tough one. He’s cynical and a lost soul (oh how I can relate!) and confused about love. While I adore everyone on the show, I actually find him the most real. And that’s why I gotta go with Dorothy for him. Caroline is his Stan, but less charming.
Schmidt: This is another easy one. And you know Schmidt himself would agree . . . yes, he is the Jewish Blanche Devereaux of the group. Romancing Cece and her roommate at the same time, always talking about his insatiable need to satisfy his private parts . . . that’s straight out of the book Blanche wrote.
Winston: Ugh, again by default, he’s gotta be Sophia. I feel like such a racist. I would even say he’s more like Miles Webber, but that’s not how we play the game.
Luckily for us, New Girl has been renewed for a second season, so we will have the opportunity to cast Barbara Thorndyke, Big Daddy, Uncle Lucas, Clayton Hollingsworth, Laszlo, Jean the lesbian, and more in future episodes!
Even though the season is over, this is not the last you’ll hear from me on New Girl, by the way . . . .