Community - Season 1 DVD|
Community hits an ingenious balance: it's both a top-notch sitcom about a gaggle of misfits at a community college and a satire on the very nature of sitcoms. Jeff (Joel McHale of The Soup), a fast-talking suspended lawyer seeking an authentic undergraduate degree, forms a Spanish study group for the sole purpose of wooing Britta (Gillian Jacobs, Choke), a former political activist trying to move into mainstream life--but to his dismay a handful of other students show up as well. As happens in sitcoms, they turn into an alternate family, including Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), a Christian housewife; Abed (Danny Pudi), a business/film student with Asperger's Syndrome; Troy (Donald Glover), a former high school football star; Annie (Alison Brie, Mad Men), an overachieving ex-drug addict; and a former moist-towelette magnate (Chevy Chase, Saturday Night Live, Foul Play). Community's plots occasionally revolve around classes--most often abusive assignments from their volatile Spanish teacher, Señor Chang (Ken Jeong, The Hangover)--but more often the show veers into daffy social territory, such as female bathroom etiquette, excessive political correctness, sexually transmitted disease prevention, the true meaning of Christmas, bullies, and teacher-student affairs. The characters are delightful, the dialogue swift and clever, and the stories skillfully orchestrated. But the secret pleasure of Community is its sneaky commentary on sitcom mechanics, from the whole concept of an alternate family to the manipulative nature of will-they-won't-they sexual tension to any number of subtle but affectionate digs. The show's pop-culture awareness extends even further in two of the best episodes, one that turns a craving for chicken fingers into a GoodFellas-esque Mafia tale and another about a paintball competition that escalates into a quasi-apocalyptic action thriller. Fans of Arrested Development will enjoy the rich, layered humour and fans of How I Met Your Mother will take similar pleasure in the clever stories, but Community should appeal to anyone seeking smart, high-energy comedy. --Bret Fetzerfrom£4.32 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD in order to play Smooth talking ex-lawyer Jeff Winger has got a lot to learn and he&39;s come to Greendale Community College to avoid every bit of it Unfortunately for Jeff he&39;s not the only misfit to enroll here and people in need have an odd way of finding each other First his fake study group becomes a real study group Then over the course of a strange year from Mexican Halloween to the final "Tranny Dance" including bad trips great debates drunk dials food fights epic paintball battles and sinister chicken finger conspiracies the group becomes a family something Jeff never wanted but clearly needs Starring Joel McHale (The Soup) Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Emmy Award winner Chevy Chase Actors Joel McHale Danny Pudi Donald Glover Chevy Chase Gillian Jacobs Yvette Nicole Brown Alison Brie Ken Jeong Jim Rash Richard Erdman & Dino Stamatopoulos Certificate 15 years and over Year 2009 - 2010 Screen Widescreen 169 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (51) Subtitles English for the hearing impaired ; Arabic ; Danish ; English ; Finnish; Norwegian ; Swedish Closed Captions Yes Duration 8 hours and 34 minutes (approx)
All 25 episodes from the first season of the sitcom based around a quirky study group at a community college. When smooth-talking suspended lawyer Jeff (Joel McHale) is forced to pursue a degree at a small community college, he is pleased to meet Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and forms a study group with the sole purpose of spending more time with her. Unfortunately for Jeff, a number of the college's most eccentric students take the group seriously and an eclectic community quickly forms around the duo. Episodes are: 'Pilot', 'Spanish 101', 'Introduction to Film', 'Social Psychology', 'Advanced Criminal Law', 'Football, Feminism and You', 'Introduction to Statistics', 'Home Economics', 'Debate 109', 'Environmental Science', 'Politics of Human Sexuality', 'Comparative Religion', 'Investigative Journalism', 'Interpretive Dance', 'Romantic Expressionism', 'Communication Studies', 'Physical Education', 'Basic Genealogy', 'Beginner Pottery', 'The Science of Illusion', 'Contemporary American Poultry', 'The Art of Discourse', 'Modern Warfare', 'English As a Second Language' and 'Pascal's Triangle Revisited'.
Average Rating for Community - Season 1 - 5 out of 5
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Community - Season 1Ross Sayers
Everyone has one. That one show that gets you like no other. That one show that takes you on a happy trip for a short amount of time each week, that leaves you counting down the stupid, forever-seeming gap until the next episode. That one show that you will not rest until all your friends watch, like, understand, re-watch and truly appreciate its greatness. Everyone has one, or should have one (it's good to like things). For me, that show is Community.
Set in a community college, seven social misfits form a study group for their Spanish class. Pretty simple premise, yes? Yes. But Community isn't confined to a seemingly simple sitcom premise, it pushes the boundaries at every turn and its limitless imagination makes it the most watchable comedy on TV. The line up: Jeff (Joel McHale), a cynical lawyer looking to replace his fake law degree with a real one as quickly as possible; Britta (Gillian Jacobs), a strong, opinionated woman who dropped out of high school because she thought it would impress Radiohead; Abed (Danny Pudi), an undiagnosable pop culture fanatic; Troy (Donald Glover), a former high school quarterback; Pierce (Chevy Chase), a baby boomer who founded the world-famous Hawthorne Wipes; Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), proud Christian and mother of two; Annie (Alison Brie), straight-A student recovering from a brief addiction to Adderall. The cast is rounded off with Senor Chang (Ken Jeong), the group's unpredictable Spanish teacher and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash), the school's over-enthusiastic leader.
These characters start off as the usual accepted television norms: the smart one, the dumb one, the old one etc. but they very quickly develop into complex, sympathetic characters with real motivations. As the episodes go by we can see the writers skilfully building layers and digging into them for the audience's understanding and appreciation. We see Jeff start the year as a self-obsessed womaniser not looking to make any real connections, but by the time the final episode finishes he is almost a completely different person, as much as he would hate to admit it. It is this dedication to the characters that ensures the audience feels that the show is giving us the respect we deserve.
And it's funny. Really funny. The writers have taken tired TV plots and tropes and turned them into gold, helped by the fact that every actor is pitch-perfect in their performances. Community isn't a show to rest on its laurels however, and it constantly pushes the limits of storytelling within its 22 minute running time. One of my favourite episodes of this first season, 'Contemporary American Poultry', is a terrific parody of mafia movies and yet also manages to be completely passable as a highly enjoyable 20 minute mafia movie. The writers of the show know their pop culture. This is epitomised in the first season's most famous and critically acclaimed episode, 'Modern Warfare', which sees the school's campus transformed into a battle ground for an epic paintball battle. The episode is packed with every action movie staple and cliché, while at first may sound like re-treading old ground, the ingenuity of the writing and the performances of our beloved characters make it seem fresh and earned. It is rare for a comedy show to have such ambition, let alone deliver on this ambition and more. For these reasons, and many more, I believe this to be one of the great television episodes of recent years. And it's not even my favourite episode of Community.
In terms of the DVD, it is a must-buy for Community fans. A huge collection of extras, including cast interviews by series creator Dan Harmon, hilarious outtakes on every disc (seriously, hilarious. The cast has a background in comedy and it shows.) and commentary on all 25 episodes. For die-hards like myself, the commentaries are excellent for analysis and behind-the-scenes information.
The show has just been put on hiatus by NBC as the ratings aren't doing so well. This isn't exactly good news but the show will return to show the second half of its third season in 2012 and a fourth season could still be on the cards. Let me assure you, this decision is based on numbers only, not quality. Community's second season is near flawless and its third season continues to amaze with its ambition. Look at this down time as the perfect opportunity to get caught up. If you're wondering why you haven't heard of such a great show, one reason is that in the UK the first season was shown on VIVA. That's right, the music channel. I don't get it either.
I cannot recommend Community highly enough. Its combination of heart, humour and high concepts make it the most essential comedy around. Watch this season and you'll wonder why you waited so long. Then you'll probably tell two friends to watch. And then they'll tell two friends. And so on. And so on. Here's to six seasons and a movie.
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