Community (2009-???)

The constant tagline for the cult comedy Community was six seasons and a movie. However, NBC cut that mantra short after cancelling the show once season five wrapped up. Nonetheless, Sony is searching for a new home for Community to keep this motto alive. Companies should take up the opportunity to produce the sixth season of this former NBC show as Community is a comedy as actor Danny Pudi once put “is the closest live-action show to a cartoon”

Community tells the story of seven students attending Greendale Community College and their crazy adventures through their years there. The team consists of cocky lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), rebellious activist  Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), zany cinephile Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), emotional jock Troy Barnes (Donald Glover), religious housewife Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown), innocent perfectionist Annie Edison (Alison Brie) and grouchy geriatric Pierce Hawthorne  (Chevy Chase). Together they have had many great adventures from crazy paintball escapades to Dungeons and Dragons games that would take a turn for the worst. The show has also mocked common devices used throughout media from filming in the document format to bottle episodes. These episodes are presented in a special way that while they are obviously pointed out to the audience, it doesn’t affect the flow of the story’s structure.

One of the things that makes Community great is the fact that all of the characters are completely different expect for one thing: there all have at least one flaw. The supporting cast also provides some humor from the insane Senor Chang (Ken Jeong) to the camp Dean Pelton (Jim Rash). Having brought in many guest stars through its five seasons, Community has been presenting itself as a cult classic from season to season. That combined with the witty writing and special storylines have helped to present something new to the genre that is comedy.  This is done through meta humor which is mainly presented by the character Abed who tries to see his study group as characters of what the audience are watching: a sitcom. Another witty observation is that when something crazy happens, most of the time no one points the insanity of the situation, which is an interesting twist. Some of the best episodes include a Claymation Christmas adventure where the gang tries to find the meaning of Christmas, a story involving foosball and a broken Dark Knight DVD and an Aprils Fool trick where the gang trick Pierce into thinking he is a wizard.

 

 

While you may question how Community links in with our style of website, the two stars Troy and Abed match the characteristics of the two lead writers in terms of a unique style of if you think it, write it and that’s what makes Community special. They act out the oddest of scenarios in a fun way. Some may not like the meta humor involved however they can enjoy the likeable characters and crazy adventures that Community has presented from its pilot to the final NBC (but hopefully not final ever) episode.

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