Community: 2009 Best New Show


Move over Glee, there’s a new Best in Show. Take your Diablo Cody-esque writers and shuffle on down the road. NBC’s Community is the best new comedy I’ve seen since 30 Rock premiered 4 years ago.

I just spent the last 20 or so minutes watching the pilot for the series about a pathological lying sweet talker’s journey into community college. Well, probably more than 20 minutes, because I kept having to rewind to rewatch some of the more brilliant lines.

There’s so much to this show that I love after seeing only one episode. They hit all my buttons; Multi-camera set up , unique ensemble cast of supporting characters (including Chevy Chase, and The Daily Show’s John Oliver), a healthy dose of relevant pop-culture references, and what’s that? A Matt & Kim song in the background? I think I’m in heaven. I’ll admit, I don’t always understand the shows and movies that I watch. I enjoy Mad Men, but hell if I know what’s going on half the time. The point of No Country For Old Men? Point me toward the the nearest Film Studies class please. I like this show because I get this show. It’s a show for people who love quirky, flawed characters, and the inane stupidity that gets them into situation-comedy trouble, mixed in with smart writing that isn’t afraid to through in a quick one-liner that maybe only 10% of the audience will catch.

I’ve only seen one episode so far, and it’s already 12:30 at night, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be pulling an all-nighter watching the remaining seven aired episodes.

Community’s protagonist, Jeff Winger (played by semi-cutie Joel McHale) is a suspended lawyer who faked his law degree:

“I thought you had a bachelors from Columbia.”
“And now I’ll have to get one from America.”

Upon his first few weeks on campus he starts to fall for a classmate in his Spanish class, Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs). The show seems like it’s going to be revolving around this possible love connection. Nothing we haven’t seen before, fortunately, the supporting cast is one of the show’s main attractions. Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir is amazing. Seemingly an autistic Arabic young adult with an (un)healthy obsession with movies, he steals the scene more than once. Let’s just say subtlety is not his strong suit. He’s a less nerdy rendition of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon.

The writing so far has been delivered with such perfection, the monologue Jeff gives to get his study group to stop arguing, alone is deserving of an Emmy. I’m not one to be hyperbolic, but the pilot was so good, Jesus is making his second coming so he can catch the next episode.

The only thing that Community may have against it, is its pedigree. Creator Dan Harmon hasn’t really been attached to many projects. Quickly browsing his IMDB page revealed a writing gig on the Sarah Silverman Program, and something called… Laser Fart. Well, we all have to start somewhere, right?

The Office and 30 Rock are kind of shitty this season (excluding the wedding episode), so I’m happy to have found a new comedy to accentuate this years television viewing. Just to make sure I’m not coming off as an NBC whore, the best continuing show this year is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. The intervention episode this season was priceless.

So, stop reading this, and go find the episodes on Hulu or iTunes, or where ever and join in the fun.

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