Oh community college. I can’t say I know the feeling of being there, and many at BU can probably agree. That is what makes NBC’s Community so engaging. Not only does it have the best ensemble cast since The Office, but its premise, set in Greendale Community College, is hilarious. Sure, life in community college may not seem that exciting, but the sharp dialogue and characters make this a unique comedy show. If you are a fan of The Soup host Joel McHale, then think of his snarky, witty humor times a thousand, and you get Community. About a quarter into its second season and better than ever, if you need a good laugh every Thursday watch this show. You will not regret it.
Created by Dan Harmon of The Sarah Silverman Program, the show follows a group of misfits who attend Greendale. The leader of the pack is fast-talking Jeff Winger, (Joel McHale) a former lawyer with a fake degree who could not think more highly of himself. In an attempt to get together with hot blond Britta, (Gillian Jacobs) Jeff forms a study group with some true oddball characters thrown in the mix. There’s Abed (Danny Pudi) whose knowledge and fascination with pop culture puzzles everyone, and Troy (Donald Glover) a former high school jock trying to make it big in college. Annie (Alison Brie) is an uptight perfectionist who tries (and usually succeeds) to be the good one of the group. Rounding out the cast is sassy divorcee Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), and Pierce (the legendary Chevy Chase) who just wants to be considered cool. All of these disparate characters join forces to make an entertaining ensemble cast whose escapades continue to top one after the other.
In addition to the amazing cast and writers, there have been numerous guest appearances by stars like Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Betty White, and recently Hilary Duff. Since debuting last year, Community has not lost its charm or affinity for the wacky. Many episodes have been spoofs of movies or parodies. The characters are always trying to push each other’s buttons but always end up the best of friends. A hilarious feature at the end of each episode is best friends Troy and Abed, who have their little skits consisting of singing, dancing, making jokes-sometimes all three.
Funny does not scratch the surface of Community. The perfection of this show is its ability to laugh at its own silliness and its continuous strive for the bigger and better. A Halloween episode with Abba and zombies? Why not? The motto of this show should be “Anything goes…and works.”
Community airs Thursdays at 8pm on NBC.