The ridiculous ways these two end almost every show never fail to make me laugh out loud. It’s actually gotten to the point where I’m a little bit disappointed if the last scene of the show isn’t an exchange between Abed and Troy. Some of my favorite Troy and Abed moments are their rendition of Bert and Ernie, their season one Halloween conversation about whether they would eat themselves if they woke up as a donut, and their dance scene with Mr. Jeff Winger.
2. Unbelievable creativity
The writers of this show are geniuses. The zombie Halloween episode? Modern Warfare? Advanced Dungeons and Dragons?? Need I say more? One of their upcoming episodes is going to be a spoof of Pulp Fiction. I literally cannot wait.
3. Jeff Winger
He’s handsome, charming, and he knows it. And yet I still love him. On the surface he seems to have it all together, to be the cool guy that’s always been a step above everyone else in terms of popularity. And he is that popular, but he’s also broken and real and he can’t help but care about his friends more than himself. He tries to be the super cool guy, but he’s actually the down-to-earth friend that we all love. And he got naked in the billiards episode. Can’t complain about that.
4. A fully developed cast of characters
There is no weak link among the characters on Community. Every actor and every character is wonderful. Even the side characters like Leonard and Starburns are always enjoyable. And the more prominent side characters like Cheng and the Dean are hysterical. Everyone brings something new and interesting to the screen. There aren’t really any double beats when it comes to the characters or their story lines. Everyone is fresh, funny, and fun.
Abed is far and away my favorite character on the show and I think he may be one of the most ingenious characters on television. First of all, Danny Pudi does a brilliant job of acting the part. Secondly, the writers bring such a unique element of metafiction to the show through Abed, it blows my mind. I admittedly have a bit of an obsession with metafiction – when a work of fiction reflects on its own fictiveness, i.e. every time Abed says “If this were a TV show…” which, of course, it is – but my obsession aside, the layers that Abed brings to the show – an appearance of two-dimensional social perceptions (barely) masking his penetrating insights into human character – he astounds me week after week. I could write a twenty page paper on Abed. I won’t. But I could.
There’s a new episode of Community airing on NBC tonight. It’s also available on Hulu. Watch it. Love it. Report back.
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