Rise of Chickcoms

Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess in the Fox comedy "New Girl."

New chick sitcoms are everywhere! How do these chicks rate on the chick-o-meter: Are they 21st-century feminists or hapless throwbacks?

New Girl (Fox, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.): Indie darling Zooey Deschanel is Jess, a teacher whose live-in boyfriend cheated on her. She moves out. She says the power of his beautiful hair prevents her from retrieving her belongings, so she tries to steal a TV. FYI, the ex’s chin-length hair lacks luster.

2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays, 8:30 p.m.): Willowy blonde Caroline and feisty brunette Max are poor, though Caroline has a “frozen” trust fund. They waitress in a diner, live together, and might become LESBIAN LOVERS (source: New York magazine). Max bakes cupcakes; Caroline thinks the cupcakes will make them rich!

Whitney (NBC, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.): Photographer Whitney lives with Alex, his scruffy chin and his oily hair. They will not wed because marriage = death of love. When Alex ogles another gal, Whitney stops talking to him, but he likes the silent treatment!

Conclusion: For a sitcom about a single woman with realistic career and love aspirations, try “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on Hulu.

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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