With tonight's season finale of the hit Fox sitcom New Girl, we've finally realized just how much we’re going to miss Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris), and Cece (Hannah Simone). And wait, what did you just say? What about Jess? Who is… Oh, yeah. Jess. The main character. Played by Zooey Deschanel. Yeah, we’re not going to miss her at all. She’s the least interesting person on the whole show.
Why do we say that? Well, it’s simple. With Nick’s chronic poverty and neurosis, Winston’s strange viewpoint of the world, Cece’s transformation from stuck-up model to lovable girlfriend, and Schmidt’s out-of-nowhere, show-stealing likability, Jess seems to stick out as the annoying, hipster girl you wouldn’t want to invite to the party. You’d be afraid that her “adorkablility” would turn everything all weird and annoying. In short, she’s the least likeable person to watch on New Girl. If she was gone, the show wouldn’t suffer for it. They could go on quite well without her.
But here’s the thing: This isn’t a phenomenon that’s only related to New Girl. There are actually quite a few great shows with boring lead characters. Here are ten examples.
Written by Rich Knight