Community 5 Seasons 2010

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13. Investigative Journalism PARENTAL_GUIDANCE

Returning for a new semester determined to be more fun, Jeff accepts an invitation to be the editor of the school paper as he and his friends try to fend off an interloper who wants to join their study group.

Joel Mchale, Gillian Jacobs
21 minutes

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Investigative Journalism

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Genres Comedy
Director Joe Russo
Starring Joel Mchale, Gillian Jacobs
Supporting actors Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase
Season year 2010
Network Sony Pictures International
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Neil J. Pearson on 11 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
I was initially skeptical when online friends hailed this show as "brilliant" but given the fact the same forum told me to watch "arrested development" and "It's always sunny in Philidelphia" I decided to give it a try. First off I'd say the show has more in common with arrested development, particularly in its meta-moments and parodying of other shows - although the show's main character Jeff is one of those likeable unlikeable people. It took me a few episodes to get used to the show's style as there are a couple of worrying "scrubs" emotional growth moments (although the show eventually mocks these scrubs comparisons) and some of the characters take a while to get used to. Abed for example is a character who actually thinks he is in a TV show and is always comparing the episode's events with other TV shows. At first I thought this may turn out to be an annoying gimmick but it turns out the writers and the actor absolutely nails this approach. Similarly characters like "troy" appear to be simplistic "jock" archetypes but you soon realise the character has a lot more to him and that the actor Donald Glover is an excellent physical comedian. After a few episodes I completely got into the show's groove and it rarely makes a mis-step throughout the remaining 20 episodes something that is incredibly rare for a sitcom. There are too many great moments to mention but the obvious highlight is "modern warfare" which is an entire episode parodying "28 days later", "Battle royale" and many other film tropes, within the setting of paintball. "Beginners pottery" and "Physical education" are also great episodes where the entire cast gets a moment to shine.
Special mention also has to be made of Ken Jeong, who plays an asian spanish teacher.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Film Buff VINE VOICE on 23 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
Community is brilliant, airing on viva over here in the UK, it just doesn't get the attention that it deserves. It's like a grown up version of saved by the bell, with clever writing and story lines that seem fresh, new. It doesn't feel forced and thankfully there's no annoying laugh track. It may take you a few episodes to fully appreciate the wacky humour and oddball characters, but then you'll never look back. The cast is extremely likeable, and you'll want to watch the episodes again. It isn't predictable, you may think people (from the study group) are gonna get together but the writers pull a swerve. Look out for the episode with Jack Black. Season one has many highlights, the Christmas episode, the paint-ball competition and the chicken fingers Mafia style show (for a start.) This DVD set is superb, extended episodes, out-takes, and commentaries on every episode! The packaging is really nice too. I paid less than twenty pound for the set, there's twenty-five episodes and that's great value.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HomicidalZenBuddhist on 19 Nov 2011
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I love Community. I love it like something I feel belongs solely to me, but it's so great I want to share it with everyone. It's probably the most intelligent, self-aware sitcom on TV at the time of writing. It's incredibly quick-witted, so you'll need to be wide awake to catch all the gags, and it's especially rewarding on second and third viewings - the jokes either grow on you, or you'll catch things you missed the first time round.

The story: Jeff's just been disbarred as a lawyer, and so he's forced to go back to community college to earn a proper degree. Quickly becoming attracted to Britta, the surprisingly formidable, stereotype-breaking blonde girl from Spanish, he forms a fake study group in an effort to win her affections. Before you know it, Jeff's learning life lessons, and this loveable, roguish band of misfits come together as a sort of surrogate family. Comparisons abound to John Hughes' 'The Breakfast Club', but Community is clever enough to have Abed, the group's resident pop-culture expert and all-round guru, point these parallels out. That's the kind of show this is. It's so refreshingly sharp, and very postmodern, with most of the jokes seeming to almost reach out of the screen and interact with the audience on an intellectual level. It makes for some great television.

Everything about Community just works; the cast, the writing, the direction. It's destined to be a cult classic, which is a shame, as it means it'll never get the recognition it deserves. I know it's up against Parks & Recreation (currently one of the biggest and most successful American sitcoms, with good reason), but P&R will never have the same appeal to me as Community. I care far more about the study group than I'll ever care about the members of the Parks department.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 15 Jan 2012
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This NBC show was recently reviewed in Empire Magazine, and sounded pretty intriguing, so I thought I'd give it a go. After watching the first series over a period of a week I have to admit that my wife and I are hooked!
Joel McHale, a stand-up comedian rather than an actor, is pretty natural as struck-off lawyer cum community college student, falling into a Spanish study group whilst attempting to catch the eye of Elisabeth Shue lookalike Britta. Along with Eighties comic icon Chevy Chase as ageing lothario and gullible fool Pierce, Donald Glover (no relation) as ex-High School star quarterback Troy Barnes, Alison Brie as the neurotic Annie, and the brilliant Danny Pudi as off-the-wall pop culture obsessive Abed, McHale struggles with dodgy tutors, a wildly inappropriate college dean, a manipulative head of psychology and the many idiosyncrasies of his fellow group members.
The premise of the show is to see the group interact in their various dysfunctional ways, whilst littering the script with popular culture references - mainly movies and music. The bizarre humour and oddball characters are what make this show special - occasionally the ideas fall a bit flat, hence four stars rather than five, but for the most part this is a heady mix of great interplay and inspired lunacy.
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