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Community Watch

Seriously – if you haven’t heard of the sitcom Community, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Community is based around Lawyer Jeff Winger (played by The Soup‘s Joel McHale), who has had his bar suspended from the state bar association. So he enrolls into Greendale Community College to gain it back. But everywhere possible, he tries to cut corners. In the beginning, he tries to bluff his way and take up easy courses, but then as he develops friends, a whole new world sets in.

With Season one already down and Season two just beginning, you’re in for a treat. Allow me to explain. This is only a small handful of things I’ve chosen out of one whole season stuffed full of jokes.

In no particular order:

The Cast

What begins as an odd ensemble, end up gelling very well together. Other than Winger, you have Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Annie (Alison Brie), Troy (Donald Glover), Abed (Danny Pudi), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Senor Chang (Ken Jeong) and Pierce (Chevy Chase). Each character has their own style and action, but if I write it up, you’ll be here all day reading something long winded, when you should be watching the show.

Dan Harmon

You may not have heard of him directly up front, but this creative genius helped put together the cult classic Heat Vision & Jack. It hadn’t seen the light of day until the magic of YouTube. Well, Harmon is the Creator and Executive Producer of this baby.

Gillian Jacobs & Alison Brie

You may recognise Brie from her other role as Trudy Campbell from Mad Men. Jacobs has popped up in many drama shows such as Law & Order, Fringe, and The Good Wife. In Community, Jacobs is Britta – the occasionally rebellious and ‘independent’ person who has dropped out occasionally, and is the token hot chick. Brie is Annie, the fresh-outta-high school young brunette who is quite the virginal and innocent one. Winger has the hots for Britta, who constantly denies him. Annie has the hots for Winger, but he denies her because she’s too young.

Chevy Chase

The veteran in the group, Chevy Chase dumbs down himself to become Pierce Hawthorne, the rich moist towelette owner who still thinks he’s young, hip and with it. But he isn’t. He’s sexist, racist, offensive, insensitive, gullible and out of touch. Which makes him absolutely cool. Especially in this scene, where he is part of a ‘cult’ where he thinks he can read minds with his special suit.

Bagging other shows – mainly Glee

I dislike Glee.

No. I hate Glee with a passion. This is my site and I can write whatever I want about what I like and don’t like.

And I don’t like Glee.

There are many TV show and movie references (and I mean a shitload) through the show because of the geek and pop culture nerd Abed, who lives and breathes it. Everything through his eyes is a TV of film script.

But back to Glee. There are pretty subtle and obvious stabs at rival shows, but these take the cake.

This is from the episode where Pierce’s ex step-daughter comes to sponge money off him, but Winger sees through it. Meanwhile. Winger was dumped by his girlfriend Professor Slater, who is a teacher at the college too.

and this one is from the Modern Warfare paintball episode where the students are teamed up to with a DVT player… or whatever the dodgy electronic equipment is.

Troy and Abed’s Musical charms

The two of them team up together to perform extra skits at the end of nearly every episode, usually doing breakfast show piss-takes or rapping/beatboxing. In this scene, as part of a science experiment, they have conditioned their lab rat to react when hearing a certain song. Troy has a rat phobia, and Abed is forced to fend for himself when the rat escapes. However, Troy comes to his senses and joins in some beautiful lyrical music.

I could keep posting more videos and write more about the other characters and liners, but I will leave that up to you to grab Season one, now out on DVD. 25 episodes are awaiting you.

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Matt

Owner and Operator of Wireless Fodder.
Lover of Australian pop culture, comedy, and obscurities. Works in Australian media, enjoys a beer or three. Happily married to an American.

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