The date is September 17, 2009 and on this day we were blessed with an intelligent comedy show which featured tragic characters. The show originally aired after the Office on NBC and it started out strong. Unfortunately, the show lost several viewers by the second episode. There was a small but rabid group of fans who stayed by Community's side even when the future looked bleak. For those of you who don't watch Community, you may have some questions like: What is Community? What's with the #sixseasonsandamovie? & What's the big deal? Allow me to provide you the answers to these questions.
What is Community?
Community, in the simplest terms, is the story about seven individuals enrolled at a community college known as Greendale. In the beginning the story mostly revolved around Jeff Winger, a lawyer with a fake undergraduate degree who had to get a real degree in order to become a lawyer again. As the series progressed the show became more about the group as a whole. The members of the Greendale Seven are:
The silver tongued fox who has always cruised through life by talking his way out of any situation. Once his lifestyle of not doing any work finally caught up to him he was given a second chance. He pretended to form a study group in order to win over a pretty blonde girl from his Spanish class. Unfortunately for Jeff (but fortunate for us) he actually gathered a ragtag group of misfits who became his study group and family.
Britta Perry, she was the pretty blonde that Jeff tried to get with in the first season. Originally she appeared to be an intelligent, caring activist but as the series progressed she showed her true colors to the group (and the audience). Britta is not as smart as she appears or would like to be and as far as activist goes, she's about as "active" as honey boo boo is thin! But she means well and she does care for her friends, even if she is a buzzkill. She's the worst and we love her for that.
Annie is the brilliant overachiever who was set to be the valedictorian of her high school, but due to an adderall related outburst she lost all her scholarships and was forced to attend Greendale. She tries to see the best in anyone, but she also expects herself to be the better than everyone. Annie attempts to be taken seriously as a mature adult, but due to her naive nature her inner child tends to come out.
A loving house wife and mother who also happens to be a religious nut! She's been hurt in the past with her husband leaving her (twice) and having her business fail. She attempts to mask her inner pain by being unnaturally kind and nurturing to the group. The most exciting episodes for me is when she reveals her darker, more vindictive side. Having to bottle up her emotions constantly and only letting go every few episodes makes for some very entertaining television.
Pierce is the son of Cornelius Hawthorne, CEO of Hawthorne Wipes. Because of his father's upbringing Pierce became a sexist, racist, bigot. Since Pierce is practically a hundred years old most people don't pay attention to what he says anyway. Despite Pierce's rudeness he does have moments where he offers support and compassion to his friends.
Now for the two individual who make me love this show more than everything else on television. TROY and ABED!
Se llama T-bone. Similar to Britta in the sense that his original personality was very different from his true self. Troy was originally a star-athlete at the same high school as Annie. He spent a majority of the first season having a cocky, cool attitude, but as it turned out Troy was playing that role to hide his inner nerd. He was always more concerned with how others saw him, and not how he saw himself. It was thanks to his best friend Abed that he was able to recognize and embrace the nerd in him.
He suffers from asperger syndrome, so he is usually clueless when it comes to matters involving ordinary social interactions. But what he lacks in basic social skills he more than makes up for by having an encyclopedic knowledge of movies and television. He and Troy offer the most pop culture references than any other characters on this show. Due to his lack of social skills he always had trouble connecting with anyone. Troy showed him that he didn't have to just observe the world, he could be apart of it.
For you Hangover fans, yes this is Chow. He began on the show as an insane Spanish Teacher, whose marriage was on the verge of falling apart. As the series progresses he continued spiraling down the crazy train. He is usually viewed as the antagonist of the show, but he occasionally assists the study group because he secretly just wants to feel accepted. Although he has on more than one occasion betrayed the study group for his own selfish purposes. He also uses his name to make ridiculous,yet clever puns (Changuage, Changry, Changnesia).
Dean Pelton is the Dean of Greendale Community college, and throughout most of the first season he thinks very little of the school and the people in it. That is until Jeff and the study group arrived. He was taught that while Greendale was a mess of a school, it didn't have to be. The students and faculty could work together to make it a better place. He is also has a "colorful" way of sharing news to the study group (usually it involves him dressing up as some celebrity or icon and making a pun with the name Dean). He has a somewhat bizarre "fascination" with Jeff above all the other members of the group.
What is #sixseasonsandamovie?
In the second season of Community, during an episode titled "Paradigms of Human Memory" was where six seasons and a movie was born. In the episode Abed had recently become interested in the show "The Cape" and began using the throwaway line "six seasons and a movie"! He used it to signify to Jeff that the show would last six seasons and end with a movie (obviously it didn't), but when Community was put on hiatus the fans retorted by tweeting "#sixseasonsandamovie". Once Dan Harmon had put the hash-tag at the end of the last episode of the third season of Community, it had become official. The fans and the show now had a goal, to have six seasons and movie!
What is the big deal?
The big deal is that this is one of the smartest shows on television! It's meta style humor and self awareness is a breath of fresh air from the tired old formula that most comedies have today. It tells the story of several individuals who have tragic pasts, but with the help of one another they find a way to move on with their lives. If you are a nerd, geek, or an intelligent human being who appreciates quality T.V then this show is for you!
But unfortunately, NBC had recently announced that Community was not getting picked up for its sixth season. So is this the end of #sixseasonsandamovie?
HECK NO! Fans of Community have fought season after season for this show to stay on the air, and we're not about to stop now! The show can live on, but how?