When I first heard about Joel McHale’s show (Yes, HIS show because he was the one promoting the hell out of it on The Soup) I was incredibly skeptical and instantly prejudice against it. Because to me, it was just another one of those shows where they were going to try to exploit a talent’s popularity and it would ultimately fail. So after failing to find the humor in the first episode, I took it off my radar.
However, I’ve started watching it again on Hulu, I picked up a few episodes after the pilot so I didn’t have to wade through the writers trying to find their speed and niche of humor. I don’t say this often, but I was wrong about this show. So painfully, horribly wrong because it is an oil well of comedy. The show is well written, and though there is a smidgen of Scooby-Doo formula behind a few episodes, with Jeff inspiring the group with a speech or two, it doesn’t matter because they call themselves out on it, which only makes it funnier and more interesting to watch.
The best part about this show is that you get the community college experience without having to leave your couch, or without paying for tuition. And just like the college experience, you don’t really learn much about the topics you’re studying, but instead learning how to interact with a vastly different set of people, learning how to socialize and seeing how incredibly weird other people are.
Not to mention the fact that my mind was completely blown when I was told that Troy (Donald Glover) in Community was in fact Childish Gambino. Seriously. Mind blown. So if you’re like me, and you haven’t checked out Community yet, you’re doing yourself a great injustice.