It makes total sense that Abed is a fan of Quentin Tarantino. Both have minds that are essentially Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouses filled with pop culture ephemera, both make references within references within references, and both can be extremely awkward when faced with the prospect of a normal, straightforward conversation. All of which is why dedicating an entire episode of Community to just making Pulp Fiction jokes would make complete sense and would probably be totally fantastic. But the writers on Community are too clever for that, and as the show progressed, the bespoke suits and gunplay of Pulp Fiction somehow morphed into the beige jackets and wordplay of My Dinner With Andre, combining one of the coolest movies of all time what is likely one of the least cool. (With the exception, of course, of the My Dinner With Andre action figures.) READ FULL STORY »
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upcoming Pulp Fiction episode, or the episode of South Park that riffed on TRON (before TRON was briefly cool and then lame again). You can thank The Simpsons for all the nonstop pop culture references — Matt Groening’s iconic animated series turned hyper-referentiality into an art form, regularly packing in throwaway references to high and low culture right from the start.We live in an era of hyper-referential humor. Shows as diverse as Glee, Community, and South Park all regularly feature “theme” episodes that riff on pop culture iconography — look at Glee‘s Christmas episode (in which Sue Sylvester re-enacted How the Grinch Stole Christmas), or Community‘s
Even after a decade of diminishing returns, the show’s place in the TV pantheon is secure… or is it? Salon‘s Matt Zoller Seitz has written an intriguing argument that shows built on pop culture nods — what he calls “footnote shows” — simply don’t age well. (He singles out an extended Hollywood Squares joke in an early-’90s Simpsons episode.) Considering how much of TV humor is now constructed on a foundation of referentiality, it’s definitely worth considering: Will we still consider “footnote shows” funny decades from now? READ FULL STORY »
PopWatch asked readers to name the TV character they’d date in real life. After tallying more than 2,000 nominations (yes, we read them all), we’re ready to take it to a vote. We’ve put your top picks — 25 men, and 29 women (there was a tie for that last spot) — in two polls below. Vote now through Tuesday at midnight ET. Come back Friday when we’ll reveal the results. Remember: You can’t change anything about the character you’re picking, other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for his or her show love interest. (Second rule: Do not feel guilty.) Note: The order the characters are listed in the polls below is how they ranked during the first round, when you could be indecisive. What will happen when you can only pick one? READ FULL STORY »Last week,
After last night’s episode of Community, I’ll be the first — and possibly only person — to say it: I’d be okay with Shirley and Chang being a couple. Gross!!!
I know, it’s a super weird and troubling idea (like the Period Fairy). She’s a religious, kind-hearted woman and he’s … Chang. But I assure you that I’m not on drugs. (After the group’s ultra-effective drug prevention program we saw last night, I could never!) This is something I’ve thought long and hard about after last night’s episode in which Chang showed more human colors by stepping in to save the show after Pierce screwed it up. (“Dissssapppointed?”) And he got a black eye on the process. READ FULL STORY »
I didn’t have huge expectations for Malcolm Jamal Warner as Shirley’s ex-husband on Community — I was pulling for Isaiah Mustafa. But last night proved why I’m not a casting agent.
Ideally, an actor will bring to life the character a writer has written. But in rare great casting moments, an actor will bring to life a character we didn’t expect to be great. I absolutely loved Andre — and not just because he wore a Cosby sweater (which his character claimed his dad gave him!).
In the episode, Andre and Shirley had rekindled their love, and it was met with skepticism from the group because they were all too familiar with how Andre had hurt Shirley before. READ FULL STORY »
NBC has caught some flak in the last couple years for some kooky programming decisions. (Hello, Jay Leno Show! Goodbye, Jay Leno Show!) But last night saw the debut of an intriguing new strategy: a three-hour, six-sitcom Thursday comedy block. And what comedies! The critically-beloved 30 Rock and The Office have becoming defining sitcoms for the network. Intriguingly, neither show has ever really been a ratings bonanza, which must be an inspiring fact for Community and Parks and Recreation, two cult gems that have probably only dodged cancellation because the network doesn’t really have anything else. Freshman shows Outsourced and Perfect Couples might look a bit shrimpy by comparison, but remember: None of the Thursday sitcoms started out perfect. And even if the three-hour comedy block fails like so many other Jack Donaghy-esque NBC schemes, this experiment does offer an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast the network’s sitcom lineup. So tell us, viewers: What’s your favorite NBC sitcom on Thursday night? Tell us in the poll after the jump, and if you feel like it, give us your complete 1 to 6 rating in the comments! READ FULL STORY »
Community fans are split on many key issues. (Do Jeff and Britta belong together? Should we love or fear the idea of Shirley/Chang baby?) But no debate is needed regarding the sharp one-liners on the show: They couldn’t be better had they been uttered from the lips of a ghost in the shadow of a unicorn’s dream. I especially ponder the show’s excellence on days like today, which just so happens to be the 38th anniversary of show creator Dan Harmon’s birth.
This is where I could go on about how great Community has been lately. How if you haven’t been watching, you’ll never be a Level 5 Laser Lotus. How the Christmas special made me cry, chuckle, and call my mom so I could tell her I loved her. (Awww.) Or how if this show goes off the air due to low viewership, I’ll have a Community-sized hole in my heart right next to my already painful Better Off Ted septal defect, and I’m not okay with having a Swiss cheese soul. Yes, I could tell you all of that. But let’s face it; if you’ve gotten this far in this post, you’re part of the choir that needn’t preaching. So let’s not go there.
Instead, let’s quote this fantastic show in honor of Harmon and in hopes of making people who don’t watch the show feel like they’re really lame because they’re not part of our club. (New members accepted daily, btw.) READ FULL STORY »
For a show that usually leaves me laughing out loud, Community‘s stop-motion Christmas episode kind of broke my heart last night — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We were let in on the truth about the gang’s sudden animation early on in the episode. Abed was imagining everyone in stop-motion, and no one else saw the world as he did (nothing particularly new there, but this time it was literal). So the group called in John Oliver’s Professor Duncan to help crack Abed’s psyche and figure out what had caused him to fall into the delusion.
The thing is, I thought there was going to be a twist. Maybe everyone would spend the entire episode thinking Abed was crazy, only to find out in the end the whole thing was Pierce’s pain-killer-induced dream — or something like that. But a twist never came — only the heartbreaking revelation that Abed’s mom had canceled her annual Christmas visit because she “had a new family.” (Award for WORST MOM EVER goes to…) READ FULL STORY »
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