Here in this space we do not do things half-assed — it’s all full-behind, all the time, as regular readers will attest. It’s that keen eye on quality that has me preferring to wait until a series is finished before reviewing it.’
Because of that, I’ve been itching to write a review for the NBC series “Community.” It was not supposed to take this long considering the network has been threatening to pull the guillotine string since the show began, despite an intensely loyal fan following and mountains of critical praise.
But with the recent announcement that what’s left of “Community” has been green-lighted for Season 5, I may as well tell you about this comedic gem.
Created By Dan Harmon, “Community” is the story of an extremely zany/diverse/self-aware community college. As brilliant as the show is on-screen for the first three seasons, the off-screen antics were full of high drama that eventually led to the show’s creative death. Specifically, before the fourth season, Dan was forced to leave after a public spat with Chevy Chase. Now, the fifth season has been announced without Donald Glover or Chevy, leaving definite quality questions.
The show is best seen from the beginning but a definite highlight is Season 3, Episode 20 (“Digital Estate Planning”), a top-shelf, must-see episode where the characters play out the story inside an eight-bit video game.
The good (i.e. first three) seasons of “Community” are currently being streamed on Netflix for your immediate comedic enjoyment.