Community not as well known as rick and morty, the Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland series that returns for its sixth season. This animated product starring the mad scientist and his grandson has achieved overwhelming success with critics and audiences, earning some very passionate fans who tirelessly analyze every detail of each episode to come up with very complex theories.
However, many of these followers would do well to take a look at Communitya sitcom aired from 2009 to 2015 with Dan Harmon as showrunner. This series not only deserves a viewing for its enormous quality, but also introduces many of the themes that the creator would pour into his most popular work. With the tangible possibility of a movie based on this sitcomIt’s the perfect time to pack your bags and head back to Greendale.
The university colleges of the United States are centers where different degrees are taught that serve to practice various professions, more economically but without the prestige that university degrees have there. When it is revealed that arrogant attorney Jeff Winger has been practicing his profession without his proper degree, he takes advantage of an old contact to get into greendale collegewhere he hopes to graduate with as little effort as possible.
There he will meet Britta, a student whom he will try to seduce. To do this, she will join a study group that she is forming to practice Spanish. At first she will distrust her eccentric classmates, whom she sees as an obstacle, but throughout the course she will grow fond of the group of misfits with whom she shares a study room, while she lives with them. a lot of absurd situations.
A series about the series
Community It has a lot in common with the sitcoms of a lifetime: fixed scenarios, a cast of comic characters with their strengths and weaknesses, a lesson at the end of each episode… and yet, everyone who has seen it will agree. in which at times it transcends the genre and revitalizes it.
If this product is known for anything, it is for its meta-referential elements, which the scripts use to ironize about the very format in which the episodes take place, about different film or television genres, and about the series’ own inconsistencies. From the second half of the first season, approximately, we will begin to see parodies of different movies and clichés: zombies, mobster movies, dystopias… and among all of them, the episodes dedicated to the crazy competitions of paintball of the school, with value by themselves as short films of the action genre.
Satire, unlike what happens on other occasions, is not usually limited to referencing a couple of scenes, but masterfully parody the genre in question and you can get to deconstruct it. This is due to Dan Harmon’s unrepentant geekism, which is manifested through the character of Abed Nadir, a student with Asperger’s who aspires to be a director and who uses the clichés of film and television to make sense of his own life. This protagonist, the luminous reverse of the unbearable Sheldon Cooper, is undoubtedly the main attraction of Community.
Throughout the six seasons, the formal experimentation of its creators will give us an episode in stop motion, another told through puppets… and, my favorite, one in which we will see seven different parallel universes that result from the roll of a dice. This care for the format will end up translating into a constant breaking of the fourth wall and an almost existentialist philosophy by which the characters will begin to realize that the situations they live in are extremely strange, as if a writer were scripting them. The very last scene of the series, which I will not reveal, reminds Fog of Unamuno or Animal Man by Grant Morrison.
The Greendale Seven
Community it’s good because of its meta-referential qualities, but it’s brilliant because it has brilliant characters. We have the perfectionist Annie, the motherly Shirley, the adorable Troy, the repulsive Pierce… a collection of protagonists that complement each other perfectly, and whose clash of personalities gives flavor to the series. Greendale Secondaries Are Also Memorablefrom a Jeff-obsessed dean with a strange costume fetish to the Mr Changa real madman who will give Spanish to the group.
The care for continuity in Community makes even the most minor characters become familiar to the audience, with a series of recurring gags that never get tiresome. Greendale, the world’s sloppiest college, becomes throughout the series a microclimate with its own customs and historical events, a space of permanent madness always on the verge of bankruptcy. In one chapter, a character tries to convince the protagonists that Greendale is purgatory, and he is partially right: after all, the main characters found a path to redemption in this place.
When the series starts each of the protagonists is damaged in some way, or you have experienced some traumatic event that has brought you to Greendale. But although Community is more cynical than sitcom average, not as cynical as rick and morty: Despite their flaws, all the characters have their good side, which will end up coming to light during the six seasons. This is more than evident in Jeff Winger, a completely amoral lawyer who is gradually facing his demons until he becomes a more or less decent guy. The evolution of the characters is a good reason to watch and revisit the series.
Six seasons and a movie?
Community has had a checkered existence: Due to the modest screen share data, which Dan Harmon attributes in part to the obsolescence of the audience measurement model, it was on the verge of cancellation by NBC during practically all of its time on the small screen. The fourth season, in which he replaced the showrunneris considered to be of inferior quality, and the sixth could only be produced thanks to Yahoo, which was experimenting with its failed video-on-demand platform. Communityas we see, has always been on the tightrope.
And yet, it has also always had a dedicated community of fans through the Internet. It was there that the motto was popularized “six seasons and a movie”in reference to a gag where Abed wanted this duration for the series The Capeand it has been fulfilled… in part. Community It has had six seasons but, although its final episode promised “…and a movie”, the finishing touch is still missing.
Dan Harmon recently confirmed that has already presented the project of a film of Community, and it is waiting for a confirmation. Although it can be difficult to square the agendas of all the actors, they have declared over the years to be willing to be part of this epilogue. It only remains to cross your fingers and have hope, although one of the famous dialogues of the series made it clear to us that this is of little use.
With film or without film, Community deserves a prominent place in the Olympus of the comic series. Without canned laughs or easy jokes, guided by the obsessive perfectionism of Dan Harmon and the charisma of actors like John Oliver or Jim Rash, this sitcom provides a lot of laughter and the occasional tear, respecting the intelligence of its viewers. Those who want to know the origins of the humor of rick and morty They have an unmissable date with the Greendale Seven.