5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Community


We have officially crossed over into the darkest timeline: Community is on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Trust me, for fans of this smart, trippy sitcom that news is devastating. But for those of you who have yet to give Community a shot, this downtime is the perfect opportunity for you to catch up with Greendale’s favorite study group. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of critics singing the show’s praises by now, and I promise you, everything you’ve heard is true. Community really is the best show you’re not watching. But you don’t have to take my word for it, like any good student I’ve come bearing examples. Five of them, in fact:

1. Every Episode is an Adventure


You never know what you’re going to get when you tune into Community and that’s a good thing. You could be treated to a paintball fight of epic proportions or an on-Earth expedition to the Buttermilk Nebula. Maybe the show will offer you an exciting foot chase through a town constructed entirely of blanket forts or a bottle episode devoted to the search for a lost purple pen. There is no end to the writers’ inventiveness. While most shows only trot out event episodes during sweeps, Community does it every single week. It’s like the sitcom equivalent of Doctor Who: you don’t know what’s going to be happening when you tune in, but you know it’s going to be amazing.

2. The Bromance of Troy and Abed


While all of the various relationships between the characters are fun to watch, nothing can top the friendship between Troy and Abed. There is something so rewarding about watching someone find another person who marches to the same offbeat drum as they do. It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time early on in season one when Troy and Abed weren’t attached at the hip. Those were darks times indeed. Luckily, it didn’t take long for the writers to realize they had found something special in Troy and Abed’s friendship. Now they routinely geek out over Inspector Spacetime together, turn down girls when they dare not to see the inherent awesomeness of one of them and show off their secret handshake on a regular basis. They’re also responsible for the majority of Community‘s hilarious tags. From their morning show to their Imaginarium, Abed and Troy’s contributions to the show are immeasurable and their friendship is cool, cool, cool.

3. To Further Your Pop Culture Education

COMMUNITY (NBC) "Critical Film Studies"

From the outside, Community‘s reference happy nature may look intimidating, but once you start watching the show it just becomes part of the charm. It’s okay if you don’t realize the show has plunged you into the middle of an extended homage to the film, My Dinner with Andre, you will still be able to appreciate the moment where Jeff breaks down and starts crying about a traumatic Halloween from his childhood. The show is well versed in the language of popular culture and it uses references, homages and spoofs to create a richer landscape to play in, but it never forgets to ground those moments with real character beats. Yes, it’s nice when you get the joke, but if you don’t that’s fine too. Look at it as an opportunity to explore something you may have never been exposed to otherwise. See, television can be fun, educational and sublimely silly all at the same time.

4. The Cast

Community (NBC) Season 2 Cast

The cast features a mix of gifted character actors, rising stars and the comedy legend that is Chevy Chase. Together these people make magic happen on a weekly basis. Joel McHale brings his signature snarkiness to the role of Jeff. Gillian Jacobs is fearless in her commitment to a joke. Alison Brie pulls off Annie’s wide-eyed innocence and manic zeal with equal adeptness. Danny Pudi has proven he can do anything that is asked of him, whether that’s offering up a flawless Batman impersonation or displaying the heart behind Abed’s detached, observational exterior. Donald Glover is arguably the breakout star of the bunch, and his talent for talking while crying will never, ever stop being funny. Always underrated, Yvette Nicole Brown makes a character who could easily be cloying feel like the most human one of the bunch. Chevy Chase is still Chevy Chase, only even more delightfully cantankerous than ever. And that’s just the main cast members. There’s also Jim Rash’s terrifying, but still lovable Dean and Ken Jeong’s insane Chang, not to mention a host of reoccurring characters played by too many gifted actors to name. The world of Greendale Community College feels fully realized because of the very real chemistry that exists between the terrific actors who populate it.

5. Because It Has the Soul of a Classic Sitcom


I’ve spent a lot of time highlighting all the ways Community is unique, but most people don’t want their sitcoms to be unique. They want them to be comforting and consistent. They want sitcoms to make them laugh, and maybe even cry, but only during very special occasions. As creatively ambitious as Community may be, it’s also one of the warmest, most consistently hilarious shows you will ever watch. The bottom line is this: spending thirty minutes with these characters every week never feels like a chore, it feels like a gift. At its heart, Community is a show about seven misfits who never quite fit in anywhere until they found each other. Like any great sitcom from Cheers to The Office, Community is about finding a place where you fit in and where you are loved as exactly who you are. Only on Community you get to be loved and partake in epic paintball fights. Who could possibly ask for more than that?


Now that I’ve shared my five reasons, I want to hear from you. Are you a fan of the show? If so, tell me why you watch. If you’re not already a fan, I want to hear from you too. Are you willing to give the show a shot now? Or have you already decided the Greendale gang just isn’t for you? Sound off below!

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