Community is an American television comedy series created by Dan Harmon that premiered on September 17, 2009 on NBC. The series follows a group of students at a community college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado. The series heavily uses meta-humor and pop culture references, often parodying film and television clichés and tropes – Wikipedia
I’m kind of the sitcom queen. Well, when I watch TV that is. Between behind in movies, books, school, life, etc. I am also behind in TV. Shocking. I know. Thanks to my library however I was finally able to get caught up on seasons one and two of Community (I actually watched season three on tv this year, I was just behind on the first two.)
I love this show. I also love this show enough to know that people like Tina would hate this show because it is the anti-show for her. I also, willingly, admit that the first two seasons are better than the third. Not saying that the third one isn’t good, it is just clear where the show found it’s groove.
It is interesting to review Community now, after it got renewed for a fourth season, even though the creator of the show, Dan Harmon, is not coming back.
This is the story of seven people who go to a community college all for their own reasons.
Jeff Winger, a flirt, is forced to go there because he was a lawyer for years with a fake degree. Who knew Columbia University and a University from Colombia were not the same thing?!
Britta Perry, the scapegoat of group, is mocked by the group all the time. Her background is far too detailed to discuss here. (No. Really it is. It would almost be easier to list what she hasn’t done in her life.)
Abed Nair, the emotionless member of the group. Abed is all about pop culture and all about meta. Not that there is anything wrong with either of those; however, the group tends to get annoyed with it. Abed’s best friend/life partner is Troy.
Troy Barnes, the jock of the group. Troy was a big name in high school football, who actually hated his life and the pressure of it and hurt himself because of it. The pressure was that much. He slowly found himself in this group and even found his best friend in the group. Even if he doesn’t often understand Abed.
Annie Edison, the straight-laced type-A student of the group went to high school with Troy even if he doesn’t remember it. Annie takes everything overly seriously and worries when the group even hints at falling apart. Annie is at the community college because in high school she got addicted to Adderall (Adderall Annie!) and had to go to rehab, even though her parents didn’t want her to.
Shirley Bennett, is the last female in the group. She is the second oldest who is generally sweet and kind, but has some major rage issues. She is also a Christian who once tries to convert Annie when she finds out that Annie is Jewish. (She just wants Annie to get to heaven!) She really does mean well, though.
Pierce Hawthorne, is the eldest in the group. He is racist and offends everyone, but generally does this unintentionally. He is a millionaire because his father, who was a racist asshole, created Hawthorne wet wipes. He is a “reformed Buddhist” which everyone in the group knows to be a cult and he has been married seven times with around 32 “ex-step-children” who take advantage of him.
This group, for as random as they are, work together well. And the cast has fun and you can tell the cast has fun, which is equally important. This show however can still deal with tough topics (like cheating–in all forms, family, friendship, growing up) and still make you want to turn in because it makes you laugh and makes you relate to all seven in their own way. This show has heart. At a quick glance it doesn’t look like it has heart but it does.
I watched the first two season in an embarrassing fast time and then re-watched them with commentary on because Kat told me, too. Thing Kat doesn’t know about me: she hold a lot of TV power over me.
Also, I promise you, you may end up hating a character. It’s okay. Not saying I hate one because that would be bad. (Okay, I may totally hate a character.)
But really this show is worth a shot, I sadly can’t explain my love of it properly without flailing.