It would be generous to call season four of Community a mixed bag in terms of quality. There have been some awful episodes (“Intro to Knots” jumps to mind) and some generally amusing episodes, but overall, most of the episodes of season four have been pretty forgettable. I mainly graded these episodes using three different criteria. 1. Does the episode make me laugh? 2. Does it utilize and grow the characters
While still not living up to the show’s pre-season four quality level, “Basic Human Anatomy” certainly managed to improve upon last week’s disappointing outing and even managed to save some time for the ever elusive (during this season) examination of its characters. There was a lot to love this week, and it helps that, on paper, this episode had a lot going for it from the beginning. It is Oscar-winning writer Jim
“Intro to Felt Surrogacy,” Community’s take on the felt covered world of puppet actors, is a charming episode that, like some of the more recent episodes in this initially troubled fourth season, does more things right than it does wrong, managing to capture a little bit of the show’s former glory. There’s still some messiness and aimlessness, but overall, this week’s episode was full of laughs, a charming change of
If you haven’t seen Community yet, you’re missing out on something special. Despite a disappointing decline in quality in Season 4 after Dan Harmon’s exit, the show’s first three seasons were a gem of character development and comedy writing the kind of which rarely makes its way to the small screen. Since its premier in 2009, Community has been stretching the limits of what network TV comedies can do. Here’s three reasons Community is the best comedy on network TV.