We're barely a month into the new fall season and already the networks are dropping lackluster new shows left and right. I can't say I blame them, as I've been hard pressed to get excited about any of the new programming. I think The New Girl is probably the strongest show overall, and Up All Night is decent, although you have to wade through four minutes of awkward semi-comedy to find one minute of actual funny.
So if you're looking for something new and the latest batch of pilots has left you cold, I would implore you to sample some Community on NBC. Why? It's only the smartest and funniest show on television.
Yes, the show is now entering its third season, but don't fret! Part of what makes Community work so well is that, while repeat viewership is certainly rewarded, it's hardly necessary. The premise (an oddball group of friends at a community college) is so straightforward that it's absurdly easy to jump into the show at virtually any point and I think that last night's episode is particularly well suited to bringing in new viewers. While Community has been a bit slow to start this year, Remedial Chaos Theory is easily the strongest episode of the season and definitely in the show's overall top ten, maybe even top five.
Seriously, if you didn't love the pilot (I did, but I realize that many did not.) and wrote the show off early, or if you haven't watched it and you're think you've missed the boat, I implore you to give Community another look see. If for no other reason, it'll remind you why you Chevy Chase is a damn comedy genius. Despite a whole lot of really great press to kick off the season, the show continues to somewhat struggle in the ratings, consistently losing to dreck like Whitney and Big Bang Theory.
And if you like what you see here, then grab the DVDs from seasons one and two, 'cuz there's plenty more where that came from...
I can't wait to see more of Evil Troy and Evil Abed.