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Through a Timeline Darkly: Pop Culture and Community

21 July 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Community has become one of the icons of pop culture skewering in the modern age. Ask anyone online, not in person of course, about the phrase Six Seasons And A Movie and they can place it at the NBC sitcom’s feet, and the vocal fans that used it as an online mantra to see the show reach the goals jokingly mentioned in a season 2 clip show episode with regards to a one season show called The Cape that once aired on the network.

Such is the way that Community integrates itself in the nerdiest areas of the internet, and takes pot-shots at other elements in the zeitgeist, turning them into something entirely brilliant within the show and making one find it hard to watch any attempts at a trope or genre straight ever again. Such examples of Community at its best pop-culture and film/tv skewering are:

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- Andrew Jones

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20 Best Ways To Celebrate Community’s Renewal

3 July 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


“Cool, cool, cool!” Community is back! Jeff Winger must have given one of his super speeches this week, because finally (Finally), it was announced that Community would be back for season 6. Talks with Hulu supposedly broke down, and things were looking bleak, the darkest timeline was darker than we could ever have imagined; it was over, truly over.

But then, like a knight in shining armour – like a free Caesar salad or a secret trampoline – YahooScreen (whatever that is) appeared on the horizon and whispered those five amazing words… six seasons and a movie. The twitterverse went crazy, Community’s cult following had got its wish, and all was right with the world again - Community fans are going back to Greendale for another 13 episodes!

The always on the bubble show with the fiercest and the coolest fans had been spared and will return in October, news that deserves »

- Grace Carlini

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Yahoo Saves Community For 13-Episode Sixth Season To Air On Yahoo Screen

30 June 2014 4:36 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Community fans can finally breathe. Just when things were beginning to really look hopeless, Yahoo as stepped in, and is going to give us the chance to see the sixth season.

Community fans are certainly a vocal crowd, and the show has managed a sort of cult status, in addition to ratings that are, in today’s world, actually not all that bad. McHale and crew will get at least 13 more episodes of community college (because who knows what will happen if the run does well enough) in their continuing effort to never graduate from anything.

The news makes for an interesting step for Yahoo Screen, and hopefully one that marks a future trend.

Get all the info below, and make sure you keep your sights set on Community. Given the last six or seven episodes of the show, I have a feeling this could be one of those truly »

- Marc Eastman

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'Community' Season 6 Will Debut Exclusively on Yahoo! Screen

30 June 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television today announced that Community will return this Fall for a highly-anticipated sixth season, with 13 new episodes available exclusively on Yahoo Screen.

See you in the fall.

— Yahoo Screen (@YahooScreen) June 30, 2014

Community is a smart, exuberant comedy that is consistently ranked as one of the most inventive and original half-hours on television. This ensemble comedy centers around a tight-knit group of friends who all met at what is possibly the world's worst educational institution - Greendale Community College.

At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, The Soup), a fast-talking lawyer who was dis-barred until he could earn a legitimate degree. He chose Greendale, thinking he could breeze through the mediocre school without a hitch. However, he soon found himself the reluctant leader of a disparate group of misfits, all stuck at Greendale for different reasons.

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Season finale review: 'Community' - 'Basic Sandwich'

17 April 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of the "Community" season — and hopefully not series — finale coming up just as soon as I rob your brain... "The point is, this show, Annie, it isn't just their show. This is our show. And it's not over. And the sooner we find that treasure, the sooner the Jeff/Britta pilot falls apart." -Abed When I reviewed "Basic Story" last week, I said I almost felt as if I should wait to write a review until after I had also seen "Basic Sandwich," since "Story" felt less like an episode than an extended prologue. And taken together with "Sandwich," I find myself thinking more highly of "Story," even as I wish both of these concluding episodes had been funnier overall. Though Dan Harmon has done series finale-style episodes before, he used these two to comment on the very nature of sitcom finales, and of the sort of endless »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Shhhhhhhhh! It's a Sneak Peek at Community's Hilarious Finale Battle—Watch!

16 April 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Psst...psst...yeah, you. Guess what? We've got a special treat for you. Community's rejuvenated and hilarious fifth season, which saw the return of creator Dan Harmon, comes to an end on Thursday night with a finale that may just be the series' best yet. Seriously, we've seen "Basic Sandwich" and can safely say fans will not be disappointed. In case you don't believe us (which, by the way, how dare you?!) we've got an exclusive sneak peek at the NBC sitcom's finale's funniest scene, in our humble opinion, that features Jeff (Joel McHale), Abed (Danny Pudi), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Annie (Alison Brie) and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) getting in the most hilariously quiet battle of »

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Story'

10 April 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as you come to me for atheistic rants and photos of my meals... Perhaps appropriately for an episode where Jeff keeps trying to make Abed stop looking for a plotline, there isn't much to "Basic Story." It's less an episode than it is an extended prologue to whatever we're going to get in next week's finale, "Basic Sandwich." There's some meta commentary about how this show, like any show, relies on conflict and some form of chaos to generate interesting stories, and there are a few in-jokes — Dean Pelton's idea to create a fake particle accelerator was, as Dan Harmon told me a few weeks ago, part of the original outline for the season premiere — but for much of its running time, "Basic Story" is, like Abed, just waiting for something to happen. As such, I almost feel as »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Cobie Smulders Rejoins “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, a “Mork & Mindy” Reunion and a 12 Day “Simpsons” Marathon

10 April 2014 4:10 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


In the latest edition of “How many shows can Donal Logue appear in?” the busy actor will have a recurring role on Law & Order: Svu as the new Unit boss. He’ll be recurring for the rest of the season.

Chris Colfer will appear on an episode of Hot in Cleveland, according to TVLine. He’ll play the son of Wendy Malick‘s soap star Joy.

TV Land is reviving Candid Camera for a 10-episode summer run. Peter Funt, son of original Candid Camera host Allen Funt will host the new version which promises to be “daring but respectful”. I hope that means it’ll aim higher than the last reality TV-style revival of Candid Camera.  Also, please bring back the theme song from the 70′s version of the series.

With How I Met Your Mother off her schedule, Marvel announced that Cobie Smulders will return to Marvel’s Agents of S. »

- Lyle Masaki

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'Community' Season 5 finale: 5 things to know about 'Basic Story'

27 March 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The first part of the "Community" Season 5 finale, "Basic Story," is coming all too soon to NBC. What strangeness will come along with that finale? Keep reading for five spoilers to keep you guessing.

When it becomes evident that the Save Greendale Committee has done its job all too well, everything seems set for pure contentment. But then it turns out that by saving Greendale, the Committee may have actually destroyed their (semi-)beloved school.

Related: Six seasons and a movie for "Community"? It might happen.

Here is what we can tell you about the episode:

1. One scene focuses very closely on a man slurping soup.

2. The city of Greendale defines a dog as an animal with four legs and a tail. Somehow, this is related to an important development in the story.

3. Two of the characters make a big and surprising decision. It involves olive oil, but not in »


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Dan Harmon Ponders a ‘Community’ Movie at Paleyfest

27 March 2014 12:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While the fate of NBC’s “Community” has never been certain — the comedy is reaching the end of its fifth season with no official renewal yet — creator Dan Harmon and the cast expressed hope for the “six seasons and a movie” goal Wednesday at Paleyfest in La’s Dolby Theatre.

“It’s happening,” yelled Gillian Jacobs, on a pending sixth season to screams from the crowd. “Come on!”

“I think we know there’s going to be a sixth season since you guys will probably show up with pitchforks and torches,” followed Joel McHale, referring to the show’s ever-loyal fan base.

Harmon has been open about the possibility of a movie, expressing huge interest to make one, and only recently started to speculate on what it might be like.

“Tonight’s the first night I’ve ever put this much thought into what it would be,” Harmon told Variety. »

- Alex Stedman

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11 'Community' Paley Panel Highlights With Finale Spoilers

26 March 2014 11:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

NBC's "Community" has been a fascinatingly awkward ride with plenty of nervous-making moments for diehard fans. Creator Dan Harmon's exit from and return to the series, Chevy Chase's notorious fights with Harmon that culminated with his own exeunt, and Donald Glover's surprising departure (which still allotted him a five-episode arc this past season) have been puzzling and jarring for Greendale geeks -- which is to say nothing of the show's constant on-the-bubble ratings situation. But at Wednesday night's PaleyFest panel for "Community," Harmon, co-producer/writer Chris McKenna, as well as stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, and Jim Rash expressed the same resilient camaraderie they've had since the show debuted in 2009. Attendees got an eyeful, including the entire first episode of the two-part season five finale, which should leave enough open-ended storylines for an expected sixth season (Gillian Jacobs told the room to consider it official already, »

- Louis Virtel

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'Community' Movie Eyes 'Fast & Furious' Director Justin Lin

26 March 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

"Six seasons and a movie" has been Community fans' rallying cry ever since Abed (Danny Pudi) uttered that now-famous line in a Season 2 episode, while referencing NBC's short-lived series The Cape. But will the movie actually happen? As NBC executives currently mull the fate of Community's sixth and final season, TV Guide reports that Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) is being eyed to direct the feature.

Nothing is set in stone at this time, but the directorial choice would make sense, since Justin Lin directed three Season 1 episodes, the popular "paintball" episode "Modern Warfare", "Interpretive Dance" and "Introduction to Statistics".

Even if Justin Lin isn't available, the show has used several other feature directors throughout its five-season run, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier's Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The brothers had previously served as executive producers on the series, with the latter directing last »

- MovieWeb

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Review: 'Community' - 'Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'

20 March 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I find a name that's not just another creature's name plus "hob"... In the second part of my long interview with Dan Harmon (here is the first part, in case you missed it), Harmon talked about "Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" as the biggest mistake he made this season, not because it was bad — "I think it'll be pretty good," he said — but simply because it was an incredibly hard script to write at a time in the production schedule when they couldn't handle slow writing, and they were writing each page while the cast was shooting the page before it. And I can see why this would have been a tough nut to crack, because the first D&D episode is one of the best "Community" installments ever, and weirdly representative of the show as a whole, even »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Community' Season 5, episode 10: 'Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons,' the sequel

20 March 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

As Abed himself says right at the beginning of the "Community" episode, "Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons," it's hard to create a worthy follow-up to greatness. And like so many sequels before it, "Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" fails to capture the excitement and heart of the original.

What brings out the dice this time?

Professor Hickey is grouchy (more so than usual) because his son, Hank, hasn't invited him to his grandson's birthday. It seems that there is bad blood between these two, mostly because they just don't get each other.

But when Hickey mentions that Hank likes to play Dungeons & Dragons, the study group knows it's time to spring into action. After all, didn't they save Fat Neil from suicide with the first game? Or is that up for debate?

Whatever the case, Hank (played by "Arrested Development" actor David Cross) agrees to hang out at Annie and Abed's apartment for a game. »


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'Community,' 'Pretty Little Liars' and more best lines from March 9-15

16 March 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A round-up of the best TV lines for the week of March 9-15.


John Ross: "You can get your men aboard my train, or you can watch 'em get run over."

Bobby: "Sometimes, the truth hurts."

Trevino: "It'll be interesting to see who it'll hurt more."


Booth: "You shot me once."

Brennan: "It was a ricochet, it doesn't count!"


Krieger: "Isis had satellites. The, whatever we are, Gang Who Couldn't Sell Coke Straight, doesn't even have cable."

Sterling: "Guys, if we get out of this, the first thing I'm gonna do, I swear to God --"

Ray: "If you say, 'buy a tiger,' we will beat you to death with your own shoes."


Shawn: "If he wants to turn a blind eye to my skill set for four years running, then he can eat a hot, steaming bowl of suck-it soup. »


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Community season 5 episode 9 review: Vcr Maintenance And Educational Publishing

14 March 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Mark Harrison 14 Mar 2014 - 07:32

After a run of inventive, bonkers episodes, Community feels somewhat generic this week. Here's Mark's review...

This review contains spoilers.

5.9 Vcr Maintenance And Educational Publishing

“If Rachel or I win, Rachel moves in. If you or Anthony win, I'll gladly surrender, and count down the days until he eats me.”

After a blinding run of episodes, Vcr Maintenance And Educational Publishing feels almost generic. Well, not generic- there's no show that could do an episode that was principally about a Wild West-themed Vcr-based board game, and come off as generic. But as we approach the final stretch of the fifth season, this marks the first point since the gas-leak year where it (at least partly) feels like a product of its own tropes.

The main issue is really that the B-plot overwhelms much of the central premise - perhaps that's inevitable, given how more »

- louisamellor

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Review: 'Community' - 'Vcr Maintenance and Educational Publishing'

13 March 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I move inland where lumber is more plentiful... I did a long interview with Dan Harmon the other day about both "Community" and "Rick & Morty" that I hope to publish sometime soon (though the transcript will be book-length), and at one point I asked about this season's shift away from putting Jim Rash into dresses and other funny costumes. Harmon laughed, noting that this week's episode would in fact open with the Dean in a funny costume, and that it would then involve Rash doing perhaps the funniest thing he's ever done on the show before. Considering the Dean's reaction to Jeff in aviators, this seemed a rather high bar to clear. But Pelton's freestyle rap apology about the delayed payday — while dressed as a Payday bar — at a minimum came awfully close, especially given the Dean's terrified »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Community season 5 episode 8 review: App Development And Condiments

6 March 2014 11:27 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Mark Harrison 7 Mar 2014 - 07:23

This week's Community is the show at the very peak of its powers. Here's Mark's review...

This review contains spoilers.

5.7 App Development And Condiments

“Fives have lives, fours have chores, threes have fleas, twos have blues, and ones don't get a rhyme, because they're garbage!”

Okay, it's like Dan Harmon and his writing staff are just showing off now. While last week's more sombre Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality was the kind of episode that no other sitcom could pull off in its stride, App Development And Condiments represents the series at the very peak of its power, doing many of the things it's best at - high-concept escalations, character interactions, zeitgeist-y satire that never comes off as too arch or obvious - all at the same freaking time.

While that might not lead to the most cohesive episodes of the season, I would »

- louisamellor

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'Community' Season 5, episode 8: 5 MeowMeowBeenz for 'App Development and Condiments'

6 March 2014 6:15 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Community" is never better than when it takes little bits of society and morphs them into a hyper-realistic dystopia. MeowMeowBeenz and "App Development and Condiments" have proven that once again.

Like the paintball and hot lava episodes before it, this episode may just be an instant classic. It's totally worthy of at least 5 MeowMeowBeenz.

MeowMeowBeenz? Really, 'Community'?

Scoff at the silliness of the MeowMeowBeenz app all you want. But you totally know that if something like this actually entered into society, we would all stratify into numbers within days. Sure, the real world might not have futuristic dances for the 5s and togas for the 4s, but people love classifying each other.

MeowMeowBeenz just makes it easier.

Why Greendale should never have any school-wide events ever

For no real reason, Dean Pelton introduces Greendale to the MeowMeowBeenz app. The oh-so-not-charismatic developers want it to be a way to introduce anonymous ranking of people. »


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‘Community’ Sneak Peek: Jeff and Shirley Have an ‘Epic’ Social Showdown (Exclusive Video)

6 March 2014 1:06 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A social experiment goes awry on Thursday's new episode of NBC's “Community.” Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) brings two designers to Greendale to beta test their new social networking application. But, what starts as a fun social interaction of ranking classmates turns into an all-out class war as Greendale students compete for the highest score. “There is some form of artificial system that's imposed on the school,” Joel McHale, who plays Jeff, told TheWrap when we were on-set for the episode's taping, “and people have to deal with it in different ways and make themselves distinct from the different groups. And it's. »

- Jethro Nededog

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