Thursday, June 23, 2011

Community Season 1

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Community Season 1 - 4 out of 5

Community has a little bit of a Scrubs vibe going on with it (This shouldn't be a surprise since executive producers of the medical comedy signed on to this show). Like Scrubs, Community is a ensemble cast-driven comedy that, unlike Scrubs, is set in a community college and not a hospital. Joel McHale is the Zach Braff character complete with douche bag attitude and gelled hair and is clearly the weakest point of the show despite the fact that the network, writers and producers try to make him the top selling point. However, UNLIKE Braff, McHale is actually funny without having to resort to stupid prat falls. Like Scrubs, Community's strongest selling point is the great ensemble cast of characters who are able to hold their own and make the show hilarious (my favorite is the combination of Danny Pudi and Donald Glover as Abed and Troy who are not only funny separate but absolutely hysterical together.)

As far as network comedies go, this show has definitely got it going on. It doesn't have to resort to a laugh track like CBS's comedies and the writing is very, VERY solid. The jokes are witty and extremely meta as it likes to, with its tongue firmly planted in cheek, make light of the fact it's actually a show and takes a lot of pot-shots at sitcom cliches. However, I have to ask: Isn't making fun of popular media cliches become cliche itself? And speaking of cliches, the will they/won't they relationship between Joel McHale's character, Jeff Winger and Gillian Jacobs' character of Britta is sickeningly tiresome and been seen in nearly 100% of sitcoms and the show could do very well without it. However, this complaint becomes null and void as the show's writers keep making fun of Glee and the mysterious appeal that horrible show has over people. (Note: To anyone who is reading this that willingly calls themselves a "gleek," I won't apologize for the fact you watch a show that puts more emphasis on what it's going to sing this week than the show's story or characters.)

Most amazing of this show is the fact it has acted as a comeback platform for the once coke-obsessed Chevy Chase. After his fall from grace and unceremonious tossing out of the glow of the spotlight, it seemed that Chase would never work substantially in Hollywood again and after a failed comeback in the film Zoom and other small parts in movies and TV, it seemed we would never see Chase as he once was but Community has seemed to breathe new life into him and he's just as funny as Pierce Hawthorne as he was as Clark Griswold.

With fun stories, great writing and a fantastic cast of characters (including great roles by the likes of Jim Rash as the Dean, Dino Stamatopoulos as Star-Burns and Ken Jeong as Senor Chang)--and let's not forget the eye candy of Alison Brie--Community is one of those rare network sitcoms that actually works.

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