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5.0 out of 5 stars Razor-sharp and thoroughly amazing., 19 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Community - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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.

A couple of things that continue to puzzle me: 1) why are we only getting Season 1 over here now, when the US is nearly halfway through the (hilarious and mind-bendingly fun) third season? and 2) why is this brilliant show in danger of cancellation?! NBC, this is golden, and the fans are trying to tell you as much. See the number of signatures on the 'Save Community' online petition if you don't believe me.

In ending, Dan Harmon has brought something truly unique, truly heartwarming, truly hilarious to our television screens, and I'll never be able to thank him enough. I love Community. I'm sure you will too.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2013 18:02:18 GMT
Jack Lewis says:
Another fantastic review which nails the show perfectly, thank you!

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 23:14:57 GMT
Sarita says:
I couldn't agree more. We had started watching Parks and Recreation before this - enjoyed perhaps 5 episodes, but then jumped ship and didn't look back once we began watching Community. I care about the characters so much more. No disprespect to P&R but Community is in a different league. Can't believe this isn't on Channel 4 at the very least. Intelligent, quicky, hilarious, un-cliched. And it's feel-good humour - not toe-curling embarrassment like The Office. Love it.
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