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Pulp Fiction by way of My Dinner With Andre? Surrealism and sentimentality combine to peculiar effect in Dan Harmon's hard-to-resist sitcom

Being a fan of Community is like being in love with a tempestuous band: it isn't as good as it used to be, it's got an unstable, rotating line-up, and it feels as if it's constantly on the verge of falling apart. But still you buy the albums – or watch season four – because you can never give up, just in case it returns to form.

Community is an unusual sitcom and in many ways, it's a wonder it made it this far. Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a slick lawyer, is disbarred after it is discovered that he faked his bachelor's degree. He must attend his local community college to get real qualifications, and there he meets a band of Breakfast Club-style cohorts. Most episodes are named after a course, »

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