In sum, there's a lot of psychology behind why Community fans love their meta, self-aware show. It thus seems only fitting that the fans should be (and most likely already are to some degree) self-aware about where their own love is coming from.
As TV viewers, we have much more power these days. We have to choose not to use it sometimes.
Here's the rub on Community, which returns this week after a nine-month-long hiatus: Rival network executives and critics argue that it's not your father's kind of show. That's why it's getting jerked around on the schedule.
I've taken the liberty of compiling a list of New Year's resolutions for TV -- just some goals to aspire to in this shiny new year, including fewer monkey and mob doctors, more love for ABC's Thursday night programming, and the end of Honey Boo Boo.
Entertainment companies should try harder to understand that they won't augment their bottom lines in the long term if they don't embrace the things that make each creator distinctive.
What Sony should have done was fully embrace the show's odd storylines and, more importantly, its obsessed, intelligent and totally tech-driven viewership, and strike a deal with Netflix -- like Arrested Development -- to produce and distribute the show online.
Somewhere along the line of humanity, we have deemed it acceptable to give rude, mean and inconsiderate people a "pass" on their negativity so long as they are funny or productive.
It's about time that we got a Shirley-centric episode. Yvette Nicole Brown, aside from her ping-pong rivalry with Jeff, has been pretty quiet this season.
The worry over the fate of Community isn't just about the future of the study group at Greendale Community College: It's about whether comedies that are neither broad nor predictable will be able to make it on the biggest networks.
Instead of ignoring a character's irritating attributes, sometimes shows just turn right into the skid. When the narrative acknowledges flaws, those same flaws can become endearing parts of what make a character great.
Community is going away for awhile and is taking shots at it's favorite target on the way out the door: Glee.
"Documentary Filmmaking: Redux" was a perfect example of why Community is doing so poorly in the ratings -- and what makes it so special.
This week's episode of Community saw a couple of characters fall back on old habits with mixed results. Annie discovers she has an "evil twin" named ...
We open with a musical number wherein our stars promise to be more grounded in reality. Joke? Fake-out? The semester will tell.
The PostBourgie collective is kind of obsessed with NBC's "Community."