Category: reviews

Worth sticking with ‘Community’?

By , November 18, 2009

Maureen Ryan has her mid-season review of the TV shows, and this is what she has to say about ‘Community’:
“Community,” 7 p.m. Central Thursday, NBC: Tonally, “Community” can’t quite decide what it wants to be — a parody of network comedies, a broad, loud sitcom full of stock characters or a subtle, “Office”-style mockumentary featuring real-seeming people. But at this point, most of the “Community” characters are still too one-dimensional and there’s a swaggering smugness to Jeff (Joel McHale) that remains off-putting, despite the half-hearted attempts to humanize him. The most reliable source of comedy is the breakout character Abed (Danny Pudi), whose deadpan line readings are consistently hilarious. (My original review of “Community” is here.)

Will I stick with it? Not sure. I may check it out intermittently, mostly for Abed.

Grade: B-

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NBC’s ‘Community’ loses out to ABC’s ‘Modern Family’

By , November 15, 2009

The LA Times commented that ‘Community’ loses out to ‘Modern Family’, here are some of their reasonings:

“Community,” though, feels like a fourth wheel. Buried amid NBC’s Comedy of the Awkward, this show, about thrown-together students at a community college, is forced to lean on tricks native to those other shows but that are worse suited to this one’s premise. There’s no Michael Scott or Leslie Knope here. And it’s not that Jeff Winger would make for a great traditional hero, or even antihero: He’s generically slick, moderately intelligent and smarmy without cause. He’s not oblivious; he knows too much. Even though other characters — ascendant social outcast Annie (Alison Brie) and self-assured oddball Abed (Danny Pudi) — aspire to the “Office” mold, they’re actually remarkably normal and evenly drawn. (And in the case of Ken Jeong, as the Spanish professor Señor Chang, hilarious.)

Just because a character is unusual for prime time doesn’t mean he or she has to engage in odd behavior — that’s a tenet understood perfectly well by another new ensemble comedy with quirky characters, “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m. Wednesdays). The characters here are just as unfamiliar to prime time — a gay couple with an adopted baby, a May-December romance. All together, “Modern Family” ends up riskier and stranger than “Community” but never feels forced.

Consider the shows’ use of music in its plot lines. Earlier this month, a “Community” secondary story revolved around a character writing a bitter breakup song about his ex, Britta (Gillian Jacobs), called, imaginatively, “Britta Is a B.” That resulted in an intervention by Pierce (Chevy Chase), who joined the band, then quit it, resulting in a second song: “Pierce Is a B.” Neither was memorable beyond the punch line.

By comparison, last month on “Modern Family,” Dylan (Reid Ewing) wrote a song for his girlfriend, Haley (Sarah Hyland). The result, “In the Moonlight (Do Me),” was sharply written, funny and memorable (boosted by a closing sequence when several other characters find themselves humming the song and an online companion video).

What do you think?

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Support "Community" for Peoples Choice Award

By , November 10, 2009

Peoples Choice has their annual award, and “Community” is nominated for “favorite new TV comedy”.
Show your Community support and vote now for Community!

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Some Community Episode 7 Reviews

By , October 30, 2009

Coming from Time:

Community: Excellent episode for a show that has had a couple off weeks. Its a good sign that Community seems to be getting to know its characters increasingly well, as shown in little moments like Senor Chang reaching out to calm Annie’s over-emphatic hand gestures. (By the way, Alison Brie has shown flashes of comedy as Trudy on Mad Men, but she is absolutely killing on this show.) And kudos to the show for landing “Mexican Halloween sex position” at the top of the Google Trends list this morning.
(Extra credit question: When I watch Community on screener DVDs, the show’s excellent cootie-catcher title-sequence and theme song run in full, but in the episodes I’ve seen on air, the sequence is drastically cut down. Which version did you get last night?)

And The Wrap:

There’s hope for intelligent comedy. NBC’s “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” had their biggest audiences of the season. And why not? These are damn fine half-hours, particularly “Parks and Rec,” which is quickly becoming TV MoJoe’s favorite show currently airing right now. (Yes, even more than “Chuck.” But no, not as much as “Lost”).

The rating is also getting better:
NBC: “Community” (5.5 million, 3.6/6)/”Parks and Recreation” (5 million, 3.2/5)

And you can find a “Community” recap of the episode at Starplus

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Seacrest Hails Joel McHale

By , October 29, 2009

Ryan gets minion Jason Kennedy to visit McHale on the set of his high-budget network show Community to delve into the heavy topics: money, men in makeup and Ryan Seacrest.

[source: E! Online]

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Pick up: 'Community'

By , October 6, 2009

Metromix has ranked all the new fall shows and the verdict for Community is “Pick up”. Here is what they have to say about Community:
Premiere ratings: 7.7 million, 4.6/8 overall
Most recent ratings: 5.84 million, 3.4/5 overall
In plain English: “Community” started out strong (helped by its spot after “The Office”), and while it faltered a bit after that, its numbers increased in recent weeks.

It wouldn’t be honest to say that “Community” is living up to the very high expectations everyone set for it—particularly for star Joel McHale. But nearly none of TV’s best comedies started strong, so “Community” deserves at least a full season to figure things out.

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Community NBC Pilot – Reviews

By , September 18, 2009

Here are the latest reviews for Community NBC:

  1. Popwatch EW has a review here
  2. The Celebrity Cafe
  3. Monsters and Critics
  4. Twitlit – What women really want
  5. Best Week Ever TV
  6. NY Post
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Alan Sepinwall Loves Community

By , September 15, 2009

Alan Sepinwall in his column today in nj.com reviewed NBC’s “Community” and as he pointed out in his blog post: “[Community is his] favorite new show of the season.” .
We love the show too!

Joel McHale heads to Community NBC

By , September 14, 2009

Crave Online has an interview with Joel McHale. Here is just one question from the interview:
Crave Online: Are you excited about coming on after The Office?

Joel McHale: Holy crap, yes, wouldn’t you be? I can’t believe how sweet a spot, 9:30. I mean, it’s crazy to be after The Office. If someone had said, “You’re going to be on Thursday night NBC’s comedy after The Office,” I would have thought somebody has hit me in the head with a baseball bat and that is the thought right before you enter heaven because that is just perfect. And to be on Thursday nights.

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Eonline Verdict: Watch! on Community NBC

By , September 10, 2009

Community NBC review on Eonline:
Community is what NBC envisioned when they created the slogan “Must See TV.” It’s a don’t-miss show, and if we haven’t already drilled this into you enough, the Peacock net’s newest Thursday-night comedy is the best addition to the lineup since the equally brills 30 Rock.
Verdict: Watch!
Community NBC

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