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A Tribute List to the Recently-Cancelled Community - My Favorite Episodes

  • May 23, 2014

In 2009, Jeff Winger's misguided attempt to score with Britta Perry led him to try to form a study group for just the two of them. She spoiled his plans by inviting a group of other students at Greendale Community College to the group, with the impression that it would be, you know, a group. Jeff was stuck trying to do real studying, and so was born maybe the greatest sitcom in history, Community. 

 

For the next five years, Community was one of the most daring, creative, clever, and surreal shows ever dreamed up. Unfortunately, good things can never last, and it was announced this month that the fifth season of Community would be its last. It suffered from low ratings. We should not, however, take this as a loss. If anything, this is one instance where TV executives went with belief in the show and belief in the strong core of watchers who turned it into a cult phenomenon. That a show as quirky as Community even made it to the air in the first place and lasted as long as it did is a triumph in and of itself. That it was as good as it was for so long is a minor miracle - like the better days of The Simpsons, Community produced such high quality in the first three seasons that it felt like the show's best-ever episode was being aired every week. In the fourth season, when Community took a drastic downturn in quality, it was because creator Dan Harmon had left. He returned in the fifth, final season, though, and while the quality of the first three seasons returned, it was still recovering from the fourth season too, and it showed. 

 

With a show like Community, it's difficult to pick and choose the episodes that could really be called the essentials collection. There are three and a half years of outstanding viewing, but if I'm up to the task of making the choices, here are the ones I would call my personal favorite episodes of Community.

10
Digital Estate Planning
One of Community's many reality-benders. This one revolves around Pierce's attempt to gather a will from his awful father, who placed it in a video game the study group has to beat in order to access it. Most of the episode takes place in the guise of an old-school 8-bit video game, and it makes various callbacks to games like Mega Man, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Sonic the Hedgehog. A lot of the jokes are written in the video game context and will be appreciated by long-time gamers. Annie and Shirley accidentally kill the town blacksmith, and so they don't leave a trace, they also kill his wife, steal everything in the shop, and burn it down. Abed meets the digital girl of his dreams, and the group is constantly attacked by hippies and killed by their opponent, Gilbert.
11
GI Jeff
The penultimate episode of the fifth season, and therefore the penultimate episode of Community. It takes place in the format of an episode of the old GI Joe cartoon from the 80's. Jeff sends a serious ripple through the world of GI Joe when, against the very ethos of the show, he actually succeeds in killing one of the bad guys. He and the rest of the study group go on the run, and are regularly interrupted by 80's-style GI Joe commercial advertisements while the plot takes some very absurd turns, like Abed's theory of the space between worlds and GI Joe and Cobra teaming up to form Jo-bra after realizing their years of fighting against each other hadn't actually gotten either of them anywhere. Unfortunately, the episode which turned out to be the final episode of the series wasn't especially good, so GI Jeff was the perfect thing to remind the people who had always watched Community of the experimental, comedic juggernaut it used to be.

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