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Quint visits the set of Community, one of the funniest shows on TV!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I kind of knew I was in for an awesome time when I was having a chat with Mr. Donald Glover on the library set, just outside the study room, and Chevy Chase walks up eyes wide, huge grin on his face, and shouts “Hello, I'm Cybill Shepherd’s vagina!” just before shaking my hand.

You think I’m kidding. I have proof of this. Click to hear this with your own ears!

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. As you may know after some 15 years writing about film here on AICN I don’t delve into TV too often. One notable exception was when I got to visit Frank Darabont and crew shooting The Walking Dead pilot (Part One and Part Two), but other than that I’ve kept out of that world.

However, when the opportunity to visit Greendale Community College came up I latched on to that offhand “Sure, we can make that happen” comment like a lamprey and wouldn’t let go until the lovely publicist Gina Lang made good on her promise.

 

 

And made good she did. When I was in LA for the big Hero Complex Raiders of the Lost Ark screening last week I was able to spend a day hanging out at Stage 32 on the Paramount lot.

Now, I’ve been on a lot of movie sets, but a big difference visiting a TV set (especially for a show I’m a big fan of) became immediately apparent when I arrived. It was surreal, like I was stepping into an episode of Community. It was kind of storybook-like, actually. Dorothy stepped into Oz, I stepped into the Greendale study room.

There were only two set visits that were at all comparable for me. One was when I went to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix set and got to walk around the great hall and sit in Dumbledore’s chair and the other was the many weeks I spent on the set of Return of the King. Having that line between reality and fiction blurred is fascinating and I felt that very same head-swimming on this visit. Instead of geeking out seeing Orcs walk around it was seeing remnants of the paintball insanity from last season or the vent where Annie’s Boobs lived.

 

 

All that is to say that I was doing my very best to keep my geek-out internalized, but goddamn it’s hard to do when you walk into a stage and are suddenly transported to a fictional location, seeing Alison Brie sitting on a table, legs swinging, looking intently at her iPad. (PS I later found out she was watching Love Potion Number 9.)

There is very little that I can give away about the plot since my visit was during an episode a good four or five eps into the season, but I was there for a funeral scene. Oooooo, mysterious! Who’s funeral was it?!? Guess you’ll just have to wait and see!

The only hint I’ll give is that Chang leaves this funeral with a transvestite on his arm, taunting Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger with a “Hey, Winger! Going home alone? Gaylord!”

I’m most comfortable observing during a set visit. I like watching filming and typically hate it when I go on a set visit and have to sit in some room doing rounds of interviews, but for some reason on this visit it was actually a brilliant experience. I guess it’s because the interviews I got are fantastic. Keep an eye on the site all this week as I post them up one day at a time. My chat with Chevy Chase is a surprisingly frank and honest look at how he fits (or doesn’t) in the group, not just as his character Pierce but as Chevy himself. And I got everybody in the group as well. Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong, sometimes overlapping. There’s one interview in particular that is impossible to transcribe, but hilarious so I’ll be posting the full audio for you guys.

So, I did a ton of interviews and didn’t see as much actual shooting as I usually like, but I did see enough to get a feel for the rhythm of filming a network comedy show. A typical film will have a pretty standard formula of a master (wide) of the whole action and then coverage (close ups, inserts, over the shoulders) so the editor can have a lot of freedom cutting a scene together. This repetition usually means shooting a film takes quite a long time. On this show (and episodic TV in general) it’s a bit different.

I didn’t see a lot of coverage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t typically get different angles. Director Joe Russo was shooting a scene with McHale and Jacobs sending quick jabs back and forth, as they are wont to do, and it was interesting to see his approach. They’d run through the full back and forth a half dozen times without cutting and then Russo’d go in and get specific lines read different ways. All without cutting.

So if there was a quick three or four joke back and forth between Winger and Britta they’d film a wider shot of the two of them doing their thing and then go in and pick up different readings of one of the jokes. Because the cast is so funny this allows for a lot of different variations. In particular I saw Ken Jeong play each take completely differently… which did mean he ended up kissing a man, by the way.

I can’t talk plot, but I did want to throw out two quotes I heard from Chevy Chase’s mouth on this visit. One of them was written by Harmon and his staff and the other is just Chevy Chase. Can you guess which is which?

Quote 1: ”Did you know that the Canadian Mallard is the only water fowl that eats its father’s head on the way out of the womb?”

Quote 2: ”I can’t find my crotchless panties. You’re not eating them, are you?”

I use this to illustrate a point. It became obvious very quickly that all of these people are their characters. Maybe not beat for beat, ideal for ideal, but so much of their characters are written for their own particular voice that it wasn’t easy to find a distinguishing line between performer and character.

In my brief conversations with Gillian Jacobs I saw a lot of Britta, from the way her eyes would open wide in reaction to something mundane I’d say about good burgers in LA or her off-screen playful sibling relationship with McHale. McHale had Winger’s snark down pat, Glover had Troy’s enthusiastic innocence, Pudi was really like a well-adjusted Abed, a geek through and through (we got excited about Beastmaster together in our interview), Chevy Chase… well, I’ve already illustrated how much like Pierce he is (I won’t tell which one was the real quote and which one was scripted! Wait a few episodes into the season to find out for yourself!), Yvette Nicole Brown is kind and motherly, but can pull out the sass when needed and Alison Brie… both she and Annie are just plain adorable. I want to marry her, but I don’t think my inceptioning via fist-bump worked. Next time!

 

 

That only contributed to the surreal feeling of the whole visit. My adult brain knows that Joel McHale is not Jeff Winger, Danny Pudi is not Abed, etc, but there’s a little bit of that magic that makes all true movie and TV fans want to fully believe in what they’re watching still hanging around in the brainpan. At least enough to fuel a sizeable geekout.

Before I left I said good-bye to McHale, who was about to shoot a scene standing over Chevy Chase in a hospital bed after Pierce fakes yet another heart attack to get out of trouble, and was a little taken aback by a very sincere thank you from him for coming to visit and for writing about the show. Their publicity budget is next to nothing and while the show has a sizeable following it’s not the highest rated show on TV.

That “thank you for coming here” vibe was felt throughout my visit, but it took McHale saying it to really kind of send of it home.

These statements are always a little hard to respond to, but I replied to the heartfelt comment with my usual go-to… If I geek out over something and write nice things about it there’s nothing to thank me for. They’re the ones doing all the hard work, all I’m doing is appreciating it and shouting my love through a big megaphone.

Wait a minute, that was dangerously close to a humblebrag, so I think I’m going to cut it off before things get too crazy up in here.

Many thanks to the entire cast and crew for being so inviting with a special nod of thanks to Gina Lang and Dan Eckman!

Stay tuned for my one-on-one interviews with Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover as well as the epic bit of craziness that began as a three-on-one between me, Alison Brie, Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs and ended up descending into chaos as Pudi, Jeong, Glover and Brown crash the interview.

The interviews start rolling out later today and won’t stop until I’m through ‘em all! Keep an eye peeled!

And while we’re at it, Season Three premieres this Thursday on NBC. Set the DVR, order the DVDs, watch this shit or the stupid network will take it away and I will be sad and hate you forever. Yes, you. I know you don’t want that. I don’t want that, so let’s all be grown ups and watch this super funny show, okay? Okay.

 

 

-Eric Vespe
”Quint”
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  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Annie's Boobs are first!

    by Incomplete Gamer

    Even if I'm not the first commenter, Annie's Boobs are definitely first in my book.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Loved the first season. Second season went flat.

    by Mr. Waturi

    Allison Brie is the only consistent reason to watch this show anymore. The Zombie Halloween episode is where things went south. The show has fallen too in love with itself. The 21st birthday/bar episode sucked, and the new paintball episode didn't have a single laugh. Stopped watching after that. Damn shame because the first season was fantastic.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Love this show...

    by scrote

    Some of the stuff they do is just nuts. MORE PAINTBALL!!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    So jealous!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    That's just amazing, Quint. Can't wait fornthe interviews. And, I had no idea they filmed on the Paramount lot. Very cool.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    The 2nd reason wasn't flat.

    by carey adams

    They may have went back to the well a couple of times too many, but it was still very very funny. I do wonder if the humor is a tad self-referential for new viewers. I don't know if that will help or hurt in the long run though.

  • Community is pure meta-insanity - that for once really, really works. It was like something dislodged in the writers brains after season 1 paintball, and they just went completely nuts through season 2 - in a beautiful, brilliant way. Can't wait for season 3 (but I'll have to).

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Season 2 was uneven

    by photoboy

    The start of season 2 it seemed like they were just going to re-cycle all the good gags from season 1, but later on there were quite a few good episodes with just the odd clunker. I think they went a bit overboard with evil-Pierce that season too, and they need to make the character a bit more sympathetic like he was in season 1.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Bad Title

    by aceldama

    I have to complain about the title of this article. It is VERY misleading. When you say "Quint visits the set of Community, one of the funniest shows on TV!," I was expecting you to visit another show along with Community. There was no way that you meant Community was funny. Right? Please? Dear God, PLEASE tell me you don't like that show.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    How were Mrs. Pete Campbell's cans upclose

    by Xiphos_2

    Nice? because that is some prime natural juggage on that tiny frame. She needs to wear skimpy shirts more and run often.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I gotta say Community is all types of awesome.

    by Prydie

    Second season uneven/flat? If anything it found its stride in the second. Each character was consistent and defined. It is what it is - great meta comedy.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    if that's uneven, then I want uneven

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    the only episode that failed for me was Troy's Birthday. Everything else is gold.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Love the show, but it's a one-time viewing show

    by V'Shael

    I never feel the need to go back and rewatch an episode. I have a feeling that repeats would crash and burn in the ratings, whereas something like Seinfeld or Larry Sanders, I never get tired of watching.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Isn't Chase reputed to be...an unpleasant person?

    by Truxton Spangler

    That interview ought to be interesting.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Wait, that show is a comedy?

    by matthooper8

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    How will we know which line was scripted?

    by Bass Ackwards

    All we'll know is which line didn't get cut,right?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I actually liked Troys Birthday episode

    by Bass Ackwards

    And Mr Waturi, you realize you're saying you "stopped watching" the show after the season finale right? Technically, we all did. Though I agree, wasn't a big fan of paintball redux, loved the rest of the season though. Harrison Ford is irradiating our testicles with microwave satellite transmissions!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Got to disagree about the rewatchability on DVD

    by buffywrestling

    I've watched season one lots: first all the way through, then with commentaries, then only picking favorites. It's a lot easier to slap on a funny episode when they are only a half hour. Plus, I found lots of things I missed first time around. Lots. If you were busy laughing when it aired on TV, you need the dvds. I just finished season 2 last weekend - haven't got to the commentaries yet - a Chevy plays much less "evil" than I remember. I think that the reviewers made such a deal about it, perhaps I was focused more on that aspect as it was airing. He's just a tool & I felt more sorry for him this time around, especially during the D & D episode.

  • ...that is FUNNY

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    really is the best comedy on TV

    by Bloo

    I loved season 1 of Louie and haven't seen much of season 2 I'll admit. But for my money (and I do put my money where my mouth is buying Community on DVD and some of their merch...hell my Fantasy Football team is named after this show, GO HUMANS!) this is the best comedy on TV. As for the re-watchability factor, there's an episode in season two where Abed is hardly present at all, but re-watching you see Abed in the background helping some girl give birth. It's all in the background, a lot of it is out of focus, etc, but it's a great gag that gives a background player something to do and then is later called back to in a later episode (when Shirley gives birth). And I liked Troy's 21st Birthday episode, as it gave the cast a chance to do something different. From Jeff and Britta's arguing about the same bar (which I've seen happen in real life), to Abed getting hit on by Paul F Tompkins and then getting water thrown in his face because all he wanted to do was talk Farscape and Firefly, to Troy growing up.<P>And Jeff's Dinner with Andre Dinner with Abed is a half hour of sheer genius, even better in my opinion then the other bottle episodes this past season. And I like how they showed the Pierce wasn't being a dick just to be a dick, but had a purpose. <P>Also think about this, Patton Oswalt, who didn't need to come in and do an episode and wasn't given any billing or "featuring guest star Patton Oswalt" came in, reprises his role as the school nurse simply to do it. That should say something about this show and the people that work on it.<P>This isn't a show that can or should be compared to Seinfeld or Larry Sanders or Louie, if anything you need to be comparing this to something like NewsRadio. In fact I'd say this is NBC's best comedy SINCE NewsRadio. I'm just curious how they will extend this past 4 years (which is already stretching things for a community college)

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Joel McHale = Nicest guy in Hollywood

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    You wouldn't think it, cause of his snarky repertoire on the Soup, and his Jeff Winger persona, but I have observed him twice in real life and was impressed at what a humble, down to earth guy he is. The 1st time was when I got to catch a taping of The Soup at E's location. First of all, the man is incredibly quick and really funny. But it was during the breaks, the off times, when you noticed how gregarious he was with the crew and small audience they had assembled there. A lot of the audience was E staff, and he seemed to know all their names, he knew about their families, he asked them how "so & so" was doing and you could tell it was genuine. The 2nd time was at a Dodger game. My wife and I were hanging around in the aisle behind home plate waiting to go onto the field for the after game fireworks. Then I see this dude that I knew from high school walking around, we'll call him Jimmy. If you look up the word Douchebag in the dictionary, Jimmy's picture has to be prominently featured. The guy is a tool of the highest order. So I see "Jimmy" and his friend walk by and lo and behold there is McHale with his family (wife and 2 kids? maybe 1? can't quite remember) and Jimmy goes "hey, DUDE! it's that guy, you know the guy on that one show." His friend looks stoned, or drunk, or both and has no idea what Jimmy is talking about. But they decide it would be a good idea to approach McHale and bug him. Joel proceeds to chat with these two toolbags for quite some time, cracking jokes, and just generally being an awesome dude. When he told Quint "thank you so much" I wasn't surprised at all. That just seems to be McHale's style. If that guy can be cool to a d-bag like "Jimmy" you really have to give him the award for biggest funny man nice guy out there. Makes you wonder how well he and Chevy get along. Chevy probably thinks Joel's a pussy for not being more of a dick, but in the end, I think Joel has the happier life.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    NBC should cancel 30 Rock

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    and show two eps of Community followed by Parks and Office. Community is just like 30 Rock, but funny.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Senator

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    You know, I used to really look forward to 30 Rock, it was the tentpole for Thursday nights. It started with The Office actually, but as The Office waned, I felt 30 Rock became the reason to watch NBC on Thursdays. Now its definitely Community and Parks and Rec. Funny how that happens, but I think it proves that the BBC gets it right, better to try new things and keep churning them out. Although I will say that with Parks & Rec, Community, 30 Rock and The Office, they really seemed to hit their strides in the 2nd and 3rd seasons. Its the point in the show when you really know the characters, so what they are doing is that much funnier because you understand who they are. Maybe Community less so, because it constantly pushes the envelope and tries different things. But as P&R is coming into its 4th season, it will be interesting to see if it can still hold up. 30 Rock to me has become tired and old, its the same old schtick over and over again, and the guest stars and political heavy handedness of Baldwin and Fey start to get annoying.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    One of my two favorite shows on television

    by xsikal

    Community and Justified. Even when Community doesn't work (and that's rare), I find myself sitting there amazed at the level of insanity they were able to put on network television. Most of the rest of the time, I'm just laughing. :)

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Can't believe people think

    by xsikal

    ... the show doesn't bear repeat watching or that the second season was flat. I've watched every episode multiple times, and there's always so much going on that it feels fresh. (If anything, the first few episodes of season 1 are the weakest, in terms of rewatchability, because that was before the whole show lost its mind). I loved the variety season 2 brought us, from the big spectacle episodes (paintball 2, claymation xmas, and such) to the more serious episodes (troy's birthday, dinner with andre, D&D). I love that they can change things up from episode to episode and still be hilarious and fresh.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Yup xsikal

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Harmon and Co. take a lot of risks with that show, and it pays off. They are passionate about it, they want desperately to be creative and different and not just produce the same old crap. You have to respect that. Check out some of the interviews with Harmon on the AV Club, it's amazing how deeply the dude thinks about that show. And for me, the humor works, it is incredible. I feel like anyone on this site who doesn't like it is either too old to get it, or too young to understand what it's doing.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I thought season 2...

    by emteem

    ...felt a little uneven up until the Secret Garden episode and then was gold from that point. However, when I watched it all again I didn't find a clunker in the bunch. Anyone who thinks this show sucks, or isn't funny, is someone with whom I have nothing in common. I loved the Troy's birthday episode. All other shows on TV end at the spot where Troy puts the beer down and joins his friends, but Community kept going for another ten amazing minutes that was closer to being a Noah Baumbach film than a sit-com. The scene between Troy and Annie in her hallway was fantastic, and didn't even look or feel like a TV show. And, anyone who didn't love the blanket fort episode should never reproduce!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    aceldama

    by BadMrWonka

    your comment was so pathetic, I actually cringed while reading it. literally, sitting here in my chair, I cringed. you must be a miserable ass in real life. god, I feel bad for you. ugh, I'm shivering again, just thinking about how pathetic your little attempt at a mean-spirited joke was. after this article full of joy about someone getting to experience something they love, and you have to just shoot diarrhea all over it because you're the king of comedy. god, how utterly, utterly pathetic.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Chevy's quote....

    by Loosejerk

    My guess is that Chevy's quote is the second one....only because the first one reads like something the Downs kid from Jerry McGuire would say.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Watched the first disk on Netflix and laughed lots

    by sweeneydave

    But my wife didn't care for it. I'll probably get around to it, but I've got so much on Netflix Instant Streaming right now. I just finished Sons of Tuscon (meager 13 eps, but hilarious). I'm trying to decide whether I should check out Twin Peaks or not. I know it's highly revered in geek circles. But I watched the first 20 minutes and it was like hick CSI. It's not hick CSI is it?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave

    by dukeroberts

    Twin Peaks is soooooooooooo much better than CSI. It's cool, mysterious and off kilter.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Love Community

    by dukeroberts

    I can't wait for the interviews.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Community is the best thing on TV at the moment

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Sheer genius. And all the episodes are incredibaly re-watchable too. Season 2 was even better than S1. Thought the Haloween episode was amazing. Best zombie thing I have seen in ages. The flashback episode and paintball part 1 were standouts. My dinner with Andre was probably weakest ep. Donald Glover is such a good, comedic actor, especially considering how young he is. More Community now! With added Dean!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Community is also my #1 must watch TV.

    by Juggernaut125

    And every ep is magnificent. The D&D being my personal favourite. But I also love the end moment of the ep with Rob Cordry in it. When Abed has painted himself on the wall of the library as if he is in a cartoon world and then momentarily tricks Troy into thinking he can go there too if he 'just believes'. The hurt look on Troy's face when he discovers it's just a prank was a wonderful, hearth-wrenching comedic performance by Glover.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Quint... "humblebrag"... GRRRREAT fucking word...

    by SK229

    Your set reports are always awesome, but that word is a highlight for me. Will definitely be borrowing it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Top Moments of Season 2

    by mooseaka

    There are so many: -The Turkish District in the Tent Fort -"Your assignment is to drink a glass of cognac in a bathtub" -The revelation that the Secret Garden custodian is a white supremacist -The entire Fake Flashback episode -Wanted, Gay and Alive -The spot on LOTR spoof intro to "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" -Annie's mimed demonstration of Hector the Well-Endowed's use of his endowment. (Best moment of the whole season, maybe the whole series) -Chloroform in Jeff's old law office (and the hole in Drew Carey's hand) -Levar Burton -"Notches" Best show on TV. Period.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    More top moments

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    When Pierce goes up to the wrong black woman! The school presidential debates Abed as Christ. including the music And of course, Notches.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    wow chevy chase is OLD!

    by BBSloth

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Quint...AWESOME report on a great show! But...

    by Cheif Brody

    Why is this talkback in TOP STORIES....and not over in COAXIAL? <p> You afwaid 'ol Hercules is gonna get surly if you start movin in on his turf? I almost missed this great article cuzz I barely ever look over in what I like to call "Harry's Corner". <p> Looking forward to these interviews...Community rocks...but yer set visits in TV Land...belong in Coaxial...Herc be damned!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    such a great show

    by copernicus

    Community is one of my favorite shows ever, certainly for comedies. I like it better than Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, etc. I think it is up there with Arrested Development. Most sitcoms develop into such a pattern they become caricatures of themselves, but Community has had some of the most creative and intelligent writing I've ever seen on TV. The cast is excellent too.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I know how Quint feels

    by Midnighter

    My dad used his flight attendant connections back in the day to get me on the set of DS9. I got to watch them film some of the season 4 finale, said hi to Avery Brooks, and best of all got a personal tour of ALL the sets by one of the cool stand-in guys. I sat in the captain's chair of the Defiant, walked thru the Promenade, Quark's, Ops, everything. It was so surreal; your brain just can't stop freaking out. Everything and everybody are so much smaller than they seem on screen.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST

    cheif brody

    by INWOsuxRED

    There is no room for actual content on Coax (unless you count docbacks).

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    season 1 was fantastic, 2 sucked

    by johnnyg korrupt

    2 was terrible and unfunny. Needs more Chevy Chase pulling out his sleazy, chauvinistic ideas. Also making the asian bloke not a teacher anymore was a bad idea.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    The only show I have to watch

    by DookieMercury

    I like Castle, Raising Hope, SVU even 30 Rock contrary to the naysayers. This is probably the first show outside of Star Trek and Firefly to get in my head. Where season 1 was about Jeff adapting to Greendale, season 2 had more people involved in the precedings focusing on background characters, giving other characters more story even making fun of itself. I'm sure season 3 will be awesome. Also, why the hate on the zombie episode, it was so weird it was awesome.

  • Season 2 took a ton of risks. Sometimes they didn't pay off, but most of the time they did in huge ways. I want Community to continue taking risks. I don't think this show is in danger of going off the rails because it really doesn't have a set of rails to begin with--the only rails are the characters, and beyond that, anything is possible--and that's why I love it so much.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Season 2

    by tohn007

    was AWESOME. The blanket fort episode, Paintball pt 1, and the D&D episode being my favorites. My favorite 3 comedies on tv are Community, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Modern Family. They all couldnt be more different from each other but Community is my favorite by far. POP-POP!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Community = The Simpsons

    by mooseaka

    I've written this on these TB's before, but Community is the closest thing we've ever seen to a live action Simpsons. Both shows revolved around a simple, one sentence premise (A nuclear family/a group of students at a community college from different walks of life). Both shows have a set of well-defined main characters (the 5 Simpsons, or the 7 in the study group), a few 2nd tier recurring characters (Chang/Flanders, Dean/Mr. Burns, etc.), and a vast array of colorful background characters who come and go. Both shows can blend funny and sweet well, both can do full blown parody episodes but also do simple linear "bottle" episodes. Both shows handle meta humor perfectly. Both shows bend reality enough, but remain real at heart. Community is such a great achievement - no doubt it will be cancelled after Season 3. It is too good for us mere humans.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Troy's Birthday

    by IForgotAbout19

    Felt like an episode of Scrubs. And it wasn't even realistic to the characters - Troy would have gone and sat at the bar and drank with Abed. Love the show, though.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Mooseaka

    by SutureSelf

    I would venture to say that virtually every decent sitcom since The Honeymooners would fit most or all of your criteria.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Greater than Curb or Arrested? Really?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I like the Simpsons analogy. The characters are cartoonish and exaggerated to a degree and yes, they are funny and clever, as are the pop culture references, but like the movie "Paul" it sometimes strives to hard to obtain the geek love. It may be the mainstream favorite, but I prefer Modern Family. Ty Burrell is genius. And the scripts rival the wordplay of Arrested. For live action comedy I would name Modern Family, Louie and Its Always Sunny tied for second, Parks And Rec and Community tied for third. Animated? Easy. Venture Brothers. Bob's Burgers. Archer. ( I love how Jon Benjamin's vocal tone in unmistakable, but the two characters couldn't be more different )

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Malcolm in the Middle

    by Bass Ackwards

    I've always marked Malcolm as the closest thing we'll get to a live action Simpsons. Community strikes me as more in the vein of workplace comedies like 30 Rock and Newsradio.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    inwosuxred...tell me about it!

    by Cheif Brody

    I wish I was a fan of Dr. Who. Herc is all over it!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Where da interviews at, dogg?

    by Deathpool

    Ya feel me? But seriously, looking forward to them, hope they're up soon.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    It is up there near Arrested as one of the best American comedies i've seen

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    it's just joyous, intelligent and yet gloriously dumb with it. God knows how it didn't get cancelled halfway through the first season. I thought the second season was an improvement on the first and can't wait to see where they go from here.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    I want my interviews!!!!

    by BadMrWonka

    I WANT IT NOW! -Veruca Salt

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Interviews?

    by robertdee

    Where are they?

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    coaxial

    by the douche

    can't bump any amazon ads in coaxial for actual TV news I guess

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Waiting for the episode with Hal Sparks, John Henson,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and Aisha Tyler to appear. Would a black hole form and suck all in with it?

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The reason why i love this show

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    is because there are no 'hollywood douchebags' attempting to headline the series. They just went out and hired the right people for it instead of shoe-horning in whatever flavor-of-the-month actor was available that month *COUGH ONEANDAHALFMEN COUGH*

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Why is this TB hiding away over here?!

    by theGoldbergV

    Love Community. Yes season 2 was patchier than season 1 but when it was on form, it was hilarious. Conspiracies, Abed's Christmas, Secret Trampoline, D&D, Flashback, Documentary, Paintball 2, Zombies, I could go on and on. So many awesome episodes. And season 3 has Omar AND John Goodman?! My head may explode

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    cotton and coax

    by Quint

    Yeah, they buttered my bread. I flew myself out to LA, put myself up. Where's this butter? Oh, and you're right. I totally haven't loved this show for two seasons before this set visit. Think and read before you troll, okay? I posted this in the top stories because it's a featured story. Also, stories have a tendency of getting buried in coax (as my Donald Glover interview seems to have just been buried under 5 stories seconds after I posted it), so there's that, too.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    cheif brody

    by INWOsuxRED

    Merrick puts up the good Doctor Who stuff. Herc occasionally makes a Who post, but it seems mostly because it actually generates discussions.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Should post the interviews outside of coax as well

    by Bass Ackwards

    Its a lil silly to have pieces like this that took some actual work and offer something that can't be found on other websites (i.e. Not just relaying news or reacting to shows) to be wiped off the front page so quickly, especially when they aren't wiped off by any news items but just a bunch of articles that are basically placeholders to provide talkbacks for shows (and not bitching, I realize that's mainly what coax is, just saying stuff like this and the interviews should find a place to stick around longer).

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Quint ignore the trolls.

    by punisher5150

    Excellent story and it is where it should be: Top Stories. Community embraces the geek culture and that's what makes it a Top Story. I have loved this show since episode 1, and whoever said Season 1 was not rewatchable is crazy. I just spent a year stationed in South Korea, and I introduced the show to everyone on my shift (about 13 people). All of them except 1 thought the show was great and many of them introduced it to their friends. I have seen every episode of Season 1 3 times and some of the episodes 4. They are still fresh and funny. Season 2 faltered a bit at first but took some big risks and turned out to be almost as funny as Season 1. Season 3 started great and I can't wait to see how this year at Greendale turns out. I am not trashing anyone who dislikes the show, but judging from the Talkbacks they are definitely in the minority. Looking forward to the interviews. Keep up the great work.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    The problem with Alison Brie

    by Itchy

    is that she's so cute she distracts from all the nasty stuff I want to do to Gillian Jacobs.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The problem with Alison Brie

    by dasaroo

    Is a good problem to have. Check out the scene in "A Fistful of Paintballs" where she's running down the hall in slo-mo. Her décolletage ebbs and flows like a mesmerizing wave.... drool.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    modern family is TERRIBLE!

    by la te ral us

    despite the bland, formulaic, mainstream appearance, i finally watched a few eps and read the wiki page so i wouldn't be lost, and guess what....its bland, formulaic, mainstream and plain unfunny. the fact that anyone could possibly put it ahead of quite possibly the most giddily original, risk taking and hilarious sitcom since the invention of television is way beyond me. the "last temptation of christ" episode was mind blowingly original. community continuously outdoes itself every week. the only show that comes close is always sunny, but really thats just seinfeld on PCP. wilfred was brilliant, especially the latter half of the season (how come no ones mentioned wilfred). Louis is the most overrated show on television. sure its funny at times, but its just an uber-depressing curb your enthusiasm.