New Girl is a show that took a couple episodes in the beginning to find it's footing, but once it did it was off and running.
What makes this show so great is simply the characters. Each of them are constantly searching for their place in the world whether they know it or not. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is a wonderful and hope filled person, but incredibly naive, sometimes seeming desperate in her attempts to connect with her roommates and co-workers, like in an episode this season where she jumps through hoops trying to prove she loves basketball, just so her new roommate Coach (Daman Wayans Jr.) would accept her as a friend.
Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) is a bartender and a slacker who is so stubborn about the way he chooses to live his life, that he's incapable of change, and is able to come up with often hilarious and nonsensical justifications for his opinions and lifestyle.
The return of Coach (who left after the pilot) was also a great addition, and adds a lot off personality for the other characters to bounce off of, and has some really funny moments. My personal favorite is when he becomes friends with CeCe (Hannah Simone) and starts acting super sassy. Take my word, that may sound simple and silly, and it is, but it is so damn funny.
Winston Bishop is constantly trying to figure out what to due with his life after the revelation that everything up to that moment in his life was pre-planned.
And Shmidt (Max Greenfield) is.... Shmidt. He's a ridiculous, Jewish L.A. businessman with an obnoxious hipster club kid exterior, and sensitive, petty, and caring interior.
CeCe is also a character... If there is a weak point to this wonderful show it's her. She's a model and Jess's best friend. She is basically used as a plot point for Schimidt and Coach this season, and isn't really fleshed out herself, though even she gets a few funny and touching moments in this show.
The way these dysfunctional characters interact and show genuine care toward each other, while simultaneously driving each other crazy is equal parts heartwarming and hilarious. It is a hyper stylized but accurate portrayal about the ups and downs of living with roommates.
This third season has everyone is in top form. The show is insanely quotable, and insanely funny. Some of my favorite parts include the episode where Winston basically loses his mind over a puzzle, another where Winston and Coach use their hilarious patented "fire and ice" routine to sneak into a party thrown by Prince- who also makes a great cameo- and the reading of Nick's zombie novel which is just... there are no words. It takes the cake!
The heart of this third season is Nick and Jess's tumultuous budding relationship. I love both of these characters, and you really feel for both of them in every stage of their relationship, and there is some really great character development this season with Nick, due to his new relationship. It's very endearing to see how much of an effort he makes to try and make things work with Jess. No spoilers, but I will say that a lot of the points they make about love and relationships in general this season are very poignant.
All in all this show makes me happy. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the feeling of happiness