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.

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