A major TV event happened after the Super Bowl on Sunday when Prince dominated the latest episode of “New Girl” and pulled in 25 million viewers.
The guest appearance on the Fox comedy show got rave reviews on the Internet, with Yahoo TV declaring Prince “the real winner of Super Bowl XLVIII.”
(If you haven't watched the episode yet, beware of the spoilers ahead.)
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Time magazine jumped on the bandwagon, too: “In the series’ post-Super Bowl episode
, the singing legend played himself and spent time counseling Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on her relationship with Nick (Jake Johnson), eating pancakes, performing his new song ‘Don’t You Wanna Fall in Love Tonight?’ and just otherwise being amazing.”
Fans of the show are probably well aware that Prince made his debut during a particularly emotional time for the show’s characters. Nick told Jess he loved her and she responded by making guns with her hands.
Such an awkward moment led Prince to play relationship counselor. The fact that the show also invoked “pancakes,” a reference to a popular Dave Chapelle show skit about the legendary singer, was popular online too.
“Funniest line is a Chapelle Show reference: 'Do you like pancakes?' Prince was funny, quirky, and entirely self aware,” wrote one fan on an Entertainment Weekly article
. “Recipe for a humorous guest appearance.”
“I busted a gut with the pancakes scene. Great Chappelle Show shout out. I mentioned it to my son as soon as Prince said it. But the butterfly had me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe,” another wrote.
In “New Girl,” a monarch butterfly followed Prince around the set.
Prince’s guest appearance apparently convinced some new viewers the Fox comedy is worth tuning in for on a regular basis.
“As a Prince fan for 3 decades it was fun to see him on TV. And now I want to start watching New Girl. Good move Fox,” one new fan commented on EW.
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