Ladies and gentlemen, may I proudly remind you that asides from being February 7th, it is also October 19th, a.k.a. the return of Community.
Contrary to my own beliefs, Community is not the most popular sitcom on television ratings-wise but neither was Tina Fey’s brain child 30 Rock and 30 Rock went on to win multiple awards before it ended its run in January.
While Community did not get the accolades it deserves, it does have a small and loyal fan base that revels in the show’s absurdity, meta-ness and sharp writing. I’d even like to argue that the balance between the weird, intelligence and heart is what makes the show so great. Case in point: using a campus-wide pillow war to illustrate a low point between two friends.
The show’s creator, Dan Harmon, might’ve been ousted unceremoniously last summer but us hardcore Community fans hope that the show’s longtime writers can stay true to the show’s roots. Just judging from the teasers they’ve thrown out so far, it seems like it has.
But just in case you’re still not convinced to tune in, here are just some exceptional reasons as to start watching Community:
1. The cast
Everyone in this cast is funny in their own right but they’re also very good at playing off at each other. The chemistry that exists between all the characters has resulted in the show’s family-like dynamic. I should also mention that Dean Pelton, a.k.a. Jim Rash, is an Oscar winner and the first to jump on the Angelina Jolie leg-bomb phenomena, and Troy Barnes is indeed Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino.
2. Pop culture references
While it’s definitely possible to watch the show without having to understand all the references, it does help to enhance the experience. In fact, some of the best episodes have stemmed from these pop cultural references. I mean, what other TV show would use Dungeons and Dragons to drive the whole plot? Or have a Quentin Tarantino-esque paint ball episode in the first season? The answer: no one.
And if that doesn’t compel you, tonight’s episode is called “The Hunger Dean.” Interested now? Go watch.
3. Classes we wished were real
Ever wanted a bird class so you could get that easy A? There are many options for that at Greendale Community Collage, such as pottery and billiards. And don’t count out Accounting where all you have to do is live in the moment to get a high grade.
4. Troy crying
He just gets it.
5. Jeff Winger’s epic speeches
Now we can do anything.
6. The one liners
The oneliners that Community delivers is worth their weight in gold. Not only can they leave you in stitches, they’re also pretty easily to throw out there in the real world. For example, you’re not really sure if you’re willing to brave the cold to see your favourite celebrity when they’re in town? Well, you can’t disappoint a picture.
Abed’s powerful imagination has driven some of the series’ incredibly insightful episode. Just with his imagination, Abed has mapped out different, led them into a Claymation Christmas adventure and helped co-create the most memorable blanket forts. In addition, if you ever needed to explain the use for entertainment in our daily lives, please direct your attention to Abed. Abed, who is most likely autistic, references pop culture to understand what’s going around him.
8. The Tags
The tags are always hilarious on their own. But I think what makes them great is that they’re probably moments of silliness you’ve experienced with your own friends— be it decorating yourself like a Christmas tree, pretending to host your own television show or hoping to pull the fire alarm to get out of a quiz.
Bonus: Allison Brie rapping
Because this is what happens while on set and it just looks like so much fun.