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post #1081 of 1919
post #1082 of 1919
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

... but I have to give massive props to Gillian Jacobs.

Not only was she wearing that crap brown body stocking but had to perform that horrifically awkward "dance" thing. It was the worst and to be that bad takes some guts and to have that body and not look sexy at all takes talent. It was so cringeworthy I could barely look.

post #1083 of 1919
The more intelligent the audience the more likely they watch it on another avenue then the traditional broadcast window. Which is why the ratings don't show the true audience that cares about this show. You can watch this show on-line and on demand and not just live or off your DVR. Networks have to start to realize this. Granted it's still not going to have the size audience as "dumb" comedies and reality crap but there are plenty off us out there that like good television. I hope this doesn't get kicked to the curb like "Better off Ted" did.
post #1084 of 1919
Absolutely. This show is brilliant, but I don't have very many friends who watch it... they prefer Big Bang Theory, which plays opposite. If given a choice (and having no DVR), they will watch Big Bang Theory 9 times out of 10. Which doesn't make sense, because last night's BBT episode was probably the worst of the season.

I will not be upset if BBT is cancelled, but Community is a show that will live on for decades after its over.

If they do cancel Community, I want a proper series finale.
post #1085 of 1919
And ...even with all the chat and free publicity about saving the show ...it still managed to drop in the ratings this week.

This is like watching your favorite restaurant shutdown because everyone goes to the McDonalds next door.
post #1086 of 1919
This show is brilliant, but I don't have very many friends who watch it...

I drove with the woman next door and long-time friend up to a friend's 60th b'day, and talk moved to favorite TV shows- she mentioned some she liked I knew nothing of, and vice versa.

I brought up Community when we got to sitcoms, and she got annoyed and said she had given up on it. She said she just couldn't identify with any of the characters, that essentially they had all become annoying buffoons. I inquired about Annie, maybe the closest to a normal, sympathetic person (Shirley might qualify too), but she grumbled about her character as well. I suggested the show was really into surrealism, and she grudgingly agreed.

I then mentioned Parks and Rec, and her mood softened and she said "Oh, I love Parks and Recreation (as do I).

Community's failings in ratings may well be due to an ensemble in which everyone is broad and flawed and stories that are satirical and send-ups of contemporary culture. Lots of time when it is at its most imaginative it is also not as funny as it can be.

One thing about the show that warms my heart is Richard Erdman as Leonard. Towards the end of my days in California I ventured with some friends up to Pasadena to one of those mini-conventions where one could encounter actors who would sign autographs for a small fee (the late Patricia Neal was there, and her line was extremely long). I walked down the line of supporting actors of yore and there was Mr. Erdman, sitting at a little card table with a stack of stills, looking somewhat melancholy. We smiled briefly at each other, but I kept walking. I certainly remembered his face, and he had a memorable role in Stalag 17 to name but one film. Imdb traces his career back to 1944.

I was more interested in the guy who had linen-mounted posters of the great Spanish-Mexican artist Ernesto Cabral, and I bought one.

Fast forward four years, and at the November or December of his career, Richard Erdman is in one of the smartest and most respected shows on television, and doing a bang-up job too. His web restaurant review bit at show's end was quite funny.
post #1087 of 1919
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Originally Posted by tighr View Post

Absolutely. This show is brilliant, but I don't have very many friends who watch it... they prefer Big Bang Theory, which plays opposite. If given a choice (and having no DVR), they will watch Big Bang Theory 9 times out of 10. Which doesn't make sense, because last night's BBT episode was probably the worst of the season.

I will not be upset if BBT is cancelled, but Community is a show that will live on for decades after its over.

If they do cancel Community, I want a proper series finale.

I agree with you, but it's why I keep saying NBC should move Community off the 8pm vs. BBT timeslot, and even consider having it on a different day. There is no reason NBC HAS to stack it's good comedies on the same night (or even back to back).
post #1088 of 1919
Thread Starter 
Community never existed ...

post #1089 of 1919
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Originally Posted by RemyM View Post

The more intelligent the audience the more likely they watch it on another avenue then the traditional broadcast window. Which is why the ratings don't show the true audience that cares about this show. You can watch this show on-line and on demand and not just live or off your DVR. Networks have to start to realize this. Granted it's still not going to have the size audience as "dumb" comedies and reality crap but there are plenty off us out there that like good television. I hope this doesn't get kicked to the curb like "Better off Ted" did.

I swear that I remember reading somewhere that some advertisers stay away from shows with more intelligent audiences because they simply aren't as likely to be swayed by advertising. Wish I remember where I saw that!!!
post #1090 of 1919
Loved Troy's reaction to finding out that one of Annie's "bubbes" is dead.

Possible Grammy nod for this song?

post #1091 of 1919
Something to carry us through this long, cold, Community-less winter...


post #1092 of 1919
I gotta say, the Christmas episode fell really flat for me. It's about 2 seasons late for a Glee parody. And it wasn't a particularly inspired Glee parody, at that. The only moment I actually burst out laughing was the singing ornamet support cast, at the end.
post #1093 of 1919
i would think britt would be a better dancer because of that class with Troy.
post #1094 of 1919
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Originally Posted by vfxproducer View Post

It's about 2 seasons late for a Glee parody. And it wasn't a particularly inspired Glee parody, at that.

Who said it was a "Glee" parody?
post #1095 of 1919
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Originally Posted by gruven42 View Post

Who said it was a "Glee" parody?

It clearly was a "Glee" parody.

So, if you want to point the finger at someone, me. I said it was a "Glee" parody.

However, it was a very well done parody, as I liked this episode. Many Community episodes are parodies or homages or variations on a theme, which is part of the draw of this show.
post #1096 of 1919
It's great episodes like that that will get them to Nationals!
post #1097 of 1919
Great stuff. And I've never even watched Glee.
post #1098 of 1919
I'm not sure why they were obligated to make a Glee parody years ago. I don't recall Glee even being mentioned on the show until last season's brilliant (still my favorite episode they've done) flashback episode, which factored heavily into the Xmas episode.
post #1099 of 1919
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

I'm not sure why they were obligated to make a Glee parody years ago. I don't recall Glee even being mentioned on the show until last season's brilliant (still my favorite episode they've done) flashback episode, which factored heavily into the Xmas episode.

one of my fav scenes from Season 1


they also battled the Glee Club in the Modern Warfare (first paintball episode)
post #1100 of 1919
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Originally Posted by tighr View Post

It clearly was a "Glee" parody.

So, if you want to point the finger at someone, me. I said it was a "Glee" parody.

However, it was a very well done parody, as I liked this episode. Many Community episodes are parodies or homages or variations on a theme, which is part of the draw of this show.

Glee crossed with Invasion of the Body Snatchers...
post #1101 of 1919
Haha, that was a nice early reference to Glee. I don't see how that means they were obligated to do a Glee parody though. Jeff hates lots of shows that don't get full episode parodies, despite Abed's love for them (Cougar Town).
post #1102 of 1919
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

Haha, that was a nice early reference to Glee. I don't see how that means they were obligated to do a Glee parody though. Jeff hates lots of shows that don't get full episode parodies, despite Abed's love for them (Cougar Town).

wasn't saying that, just that they've been referencing the hatred of Glee for almost the entire show.

I was just listing examples of references before the flashback episode, because you said you don't remember any
post #1103 of 1919
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The parody aspect was mostly lost on me since I don't watch Glee but I enjoyed it anyway. The only joke I got outside of the general conceit was the Kings of Leon reference right at the end.

I just took it as an excuse for some amusing Christmas songs and performances, just as they opened this season with.
post #1104 of 1919
I don't know how much this means to others, but tvbythenumbers.com has upgraded Community to "likely to be renewed" because of falling ratings of other shows.

Community wins by default!
post #1105 of 1919
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Originally Posted by gruven42 View Post

I don't know how much this means to others, but tvbythenumbers.com has upgraded Community to "likely to be renewed" because of falling ratings of other shows.

Community wins by default!

Woot!
post #1106 of 1919
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Originally Posted by gruven42 View Post

I don't know how much this means to others, but tvbythenumbers.com has upgraded Community to "likely to be renewed" because of falling ratings of other shows.


"What a relief. They've always been a real crystal ball."
- Dan Harmon
post #1107 of 1919
Six seasons and a movie!
post #1108 of 1919
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

The parody aspect was mostly lost on me since I don't watch Glee but I enjoyed it anyway. The only joke I got outside of the general conceit was the Kings of Leon reference right at the end.

I just took it as an excuse for some amusing Christmas songs and performances, just as they opened this season with.

I liked the Invasion of the Body Snatchers nods, too - perfect, in a way, to characterize the hated glee club. Loved Jeff's Body Snatcher/Donald Sutherland moment.
post #1109 of 1919
The best episode of the season!
post #1110 of 1919
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Originally Posted by vespaguy View Post

Wonderful episode. Loved everything about it. Annie's song was hilarious, and the Troy and Abed rap was fantastic.

It's been mentioned before, but it's worth noting again...Donald Glover's (Troy) alter ego, Childish Gambino, is an accomplished hip-hop artist. His first retail CD "Camp", which came out in November, is on most critics' Best Of 2011 lists and was the #45 album on Spotify last week...plus, 53 out of 56 5-star reviews on Amazon ain't too shabby. I've got tix to his Chicago show in March and am super-stoked. Here are some choice live cuts:

Break (AOTL) - "All Of The Lights" inspired track from one of his mixtapes

Heartbeat - current single from "Camp" that's getting airplay now

Outside - also from "Camp", this live performance features backing vocal assistance from Alison Brie
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