Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Community Endorsement

You're Not Watching This Show And You Should Be!

This really is more of a rant/public service announcement so please bare with me.

    I'm getting really tired of the strange looks I get from people when I ask them if they've watched the latest episode of Community. I usually then have to explain what Community is. Then I have to explain who Joel McHale is.

    Community is probably one of the funniest shows on television right now and you aren't watching it. The premise is that the lead character Jeff Winger is a disgraced lawyer who needs to go back to college to get enough credits so he can begin practicing again. Jeff decides he wants to "hook up" with the hot blonde from Spanish class(Britta, like the filter) so he creates a study group to get her alone but Brita ruins those plans by inviting other people from Spanish class to attend and what we end up with is a great ensemble cast with terrific chemistry.

    The cast plays their often times stereotypical roles brilliantly and seem to really enjoy themselves. Joel McHale plays Jeff Winger the hot shot, charismatic, "too cool for school" character. Gillian Jacobs plays Britta Perry the feminist, uptight, socially aware character. Danny Pudi plays Abed Nadir a completely unconventional character who comments on the events that are going on like a third party to whole situation. Yvette Nicole Brown plays Shirley Bennett a Christian, single mother with a heart of gold. Alison Brie plays Annie Edison a typical "good girl" whose innocence is her most prominent characteristic. Donald Glover plays Troy Barnes the ex high school jock who used to be the big man campus and finally Chevy Chase plays Pierce Hawthorne a racist, sexist, old man who tries desperately to be "hip".

    Community is unlike anything you've ever seen in a sitcom before in that they do "theme" episodes on a regular basis. They have done an episode in a style of a mafia movie, a zombie movie and this years Christmas episode was done in stop-motion animation just like the old "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". But best of all its consistently funny, which not something I say about sitcoms very often.


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