I recently caught up (a.k.a. crammed — thanks Hulu Plus) to see what all the hubbub was about, and I must say, that is one funny show!
For a while, I had been a naysayer, not being much of a Ryan Seacrest, err, Joel McHale fan to begin with. While he possesses the dry wit any clever comedy show of this ilk would necessitate, he somehow remains eerily likable.
The rest of the cast, however, is nearly impeccable. I could spend time writing about each of the cast members, but I definitely wanted to highlight Troy and Abed (Donald Glover and Danny Pudi), who portray one of the most adorable bromances ever seen on television. Their unlikely pairing makes for some golden comedy moments (the pillow fight episode was glorious).
Anyway, trying to explain why this show is funny is like trying to dissect a joke word by word, hoping to find the golden funny bone within. But I do have to highlight one or two things that really puts this show in its own league.
Firstly, the inclusion of Abed’s character allows for some delightful, self-referential humor that is rarely seen in the sitcom world. The meta-humor makes it seem like the characters are well within the confines of TV Land, but with enough subtlety that it never jades. Self-referential humor is tough to pull off, but Community continually surprises me.
This type of writing also allows for some of the most fantastic parodies I’ve ever seen in television. Whether it’s a musical, a claymation, a civil war documentary, or (most recently) a Law and Order spoof, the show pulls it off without a hitch.
I could keep lauding the writing, the acting, and so on, but if you’re not already hooked, I doubt my writing will ultimately convince you, or pique your interest. If you haven’t checked it out, I feel sorry for you. All this time that you could be laughing, and for what? Do yourself a favor and give it a try.
If you do, you’ll probably be as glad as I am that we have another 13 episodes to look forward to next season (in addition to the final three episodes of season 3 which are airing next week).
I can’t end this little heap of praise, however, without mentioning a bit of controversy.
Early in April, there was word of a clash between Chevy Chase and showrunner Dan Harmon. Apparently, Chase isn’t very happy with the direction of the show, or at the very least, of his character. Chase left Harmon an angry voicemail over an altercation they had on set. Harmon went on to play the voicemail to a crowd of people, and hence it was leaked online.
This led many to speculate that Chase would likely not return for the fourth season, although this is all up in the air (Harmon has since apologized for what he did).
However — and perhaps more significantly — two of the show’s top executive producers-cum-writers have also departed the show, as they have been picked up by 20th Century Fox TV. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan will now be developing content for Fox. Some of their finest work is featured in one of my other favorite sitcoms of yore, Scrubs (which also included quite an awesome bromance between J.D. and Turk).
What this means for Community going forward is hard to tell. I just hope that whatever happens, it keeps us laughing.
EXTRA: Another bit of good news is NBC ‘s decision to renew Parks and Recreation for another season— another awesomely funny show — and this one for the full 22 episodes. Huzzah!