Everything I need to know in life I learned from television. From Punky Brewster, I learned not to shut myself in an abandoned refrigerator. From Get Smart, I got my impeccable comedic timing. From Full House, I learned that there’s no crippling eating disorder that can’t be cured with a little pep talk from Dad. This season, television is full of wisdom from some very funny, very complicated, and very sharp women. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.
Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl"
When your live-in boyfriend cheats on you and leaves you humiliated, break up with him immediately. Do not equivocate, do not dither, do not pass Go, just leave. Even if he has really shiny hair.
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Murphy’s Law dictates that just at the moment that you land the guy you’ve been pining over, you’ll have an amazing career opportunity. It’s okay to choose your career over the guy.
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Sometimes in life, when your father loses all his money and you end up living with a comically opposite stranger in a suspiciously spacious apartment in Brooklyn, there’s a horse in your backyard. Don’t ask questions, just go with it.
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When your husband is in a coma during the zombie outbreak and you end up sleeping with his best friend, it’s best to sit on that secret for a while. Wait until you stop running for your lives, then fix your marriage.
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Having a spiritual awakening doesn’t automatically make life easier. Unless all the people in your life have also had spiritual awakenings. But they probably haven’t, so they’re going to give you some crap.
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You have to stand up for what you believe. Even if what you believe is wildly unpopular, like eliminating arts programs in schools. It’s the principle, you know?
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