Thursday, October 9, 2014

TV Series Review: Community

by Rogue

The Basics:
Community is not your typical geeky sitcom. It’s a show by the great Dan Harmon (cocreator
of the Adult Swim animated television series Rick and Morty) and it stars an
ensemble cast. The premise of the show is a group of seven different personalities form
a study group for a Spanish class (taught by a Chinese professor) in Greendale
Community College. The comedy of the show is fresh and original and literally
indescribable. It’s aired on NBC for five seasons, while the sixth will air on Yahoo!

The Cast and Characters:
1. Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) - a con artist at heart, he got caught at his law firm lying
about having a bachelor’s degree and enrolls at Greendale Community College for a
“quickie” degree.

2. Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) - a high school drop out, former anarchist and social

3. Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi) - a Palestinian-Polish film student suspected of having
Asperger’s syndrome but has an encyclopedic knowledge of TV shows and movies.

4. Shirley Bennett - a recently divorced single mother and vocal Christian.

5. Annie Edison (Allison Brie) - the youngest, people pleasing and over achieving
student who lost her scholarship to a prestigious university when she became
addicted to Adderall.

6. Troy Barnes (Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino) - a former high school star
quarterback who lost his scholarship due to injury, he instantly bonds with Abed and
embraces his geeky, goofy side

7. Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) - an old, racist and sexist millionaire who enrolls at
Greendale out of boredom

8. Ben Chang (Ken Jeong) - the slightly deranged Chinese Spanish teacher. Together
they study for Ben Chang’s ridiculous Spanish class and have to put up with the
antics of the exuberant and lively Dean Craig Pelton.

9. Craig Pelton (Jim Rash) - the exuberant and lively Dean who desperately wants
Greendale to be taken as a university, instead of a community college.

My Top 5 Episodes:
1. “Modern Warfare” (S01E23) - after the Dean announces the prize for the winner of
the school paintball game, it breaks out into an out all war. The episode heavily
references and parodies action movies and post apocalyptic films such as Die Hard,
Terminator, Rambo etc.
2. “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (S02E11) - a freaking STOP MOTION Christmasthemed
3. “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” (S02E14) - the study group notice a fellow student
nicknamed “Fat Neil” is lonely and suicidal so they play a game of Advanced
Dungeons and Dragons with him, but Pierce feels left out and does his best to ruin
the game.
4. “Digital Estate Planning” (S03E20) - Pierce’s father has died but in order to claim his
inheritance he and the study group have to play an 8 bit console game reminiscent of
Nintendo and Sega systems, with a bit of Minecraft thrown into the mix.
5. “G.I. Jeff” (S05E11) - A FULL animated episode stylized after the 1980’s show G.I.

Other Fun Bits:
These are just MY top 5 episodes, but there’s TONS more. Zombie themed episodes, an Apollo 13 episode, a glee parody episode, conspiracy theory episode, a Law & Order episode, hidden jokes and easter eggs everywhere. This show is genius and EVERYBODY needs to go check it out now!

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