Originally Posted by VisionOn
The show's willingness to go outside of the sitcom norm into these massively strange and occasionally surreal themed episodes is largely what makes it unique on air right now.
Community reminds me of the better seasons of The Simpsons. Season 6 comes to mind. Pretty much anything before they became a celebrity pimpfest.
|I can't think of a single sitcom on television which is doing what Community is. Better Off Ted had a similar oddball feel and episodic themes (the swearing memo - classic), but that's long gone now.
Better Off Ted was more oddball than Community.
Community, when it is hitting on all cylinders, has this weird mix of absurdism and mushiness that comes together because the characters, while very conscious of their predicaments, aren't cynical about their lives.
Better Off Ted was more straight down the middle oddball, in the Monty Python sense. Also, BOT was astonishingly cynical. They dabbled in mushy with Ted's daughter, but even there the funniest episode was the one where Veronica uses Rose to fire people.
BOT is almost a polar opposite of Community. BOT's characters were often barely conscious of their predicament, highlighting their hubris and ensuing hijinks as they obliviously escalated every situation into a catastrophe. Community's characters are constantly self-aware and arrive at most of their humor in the process of bettering themselves or resisting better themselves only to face facts in the end.
Community has a sweet streak that Veridian Dynamics would have weaponized.