Community first aired in September of 2009 and was picked up by Yahoo! Screen for it’s 6th and final season in 2015. It can be viewed on Hulu (U.S.), Stan (Australia), and Netflix (U.K., Canada, Ireland, and Latin America).
Yes, I make a huge claim in the title of this review, but I swear that I am not overstating it’s magnitude and yet I regret that I cannot do the claim justice in a month of Sundays. From it’s first episode right on through to it’s final and 110th, it retained it’s original cast which included the legendary Chevy Chase. It has boosted the careers of all concerned and helped make the career of Donald Glover (Childish Gambino). Despite initially low ratings it has gained a cult following and has touched this reviewer’s heart so profoundly that just thinking about it’s finale and the promise of “Six Seasons and a Movie” sends chills down his spine… chills of loss and anticipation of the movie which is still in development.
The only thing that possibly hurt this series was the first 10 episodes that the viewer has to get through in order to get to the real meat of the magical world. It starts out with a standard setup – an embarrassed ex-lawyer has to attend a community college to earn his Law degree which he originally (and successfully) faked for years. Immediately he zeroes in on the pretty blonde also in attendance and creates a fictional study group for her to join, in the hopes of “scoring her.” When the study group swiftly becomes real, he finds himself stuck with 5 unlikely matches and himself as their co-dependent “leader”. This could very well have been a recipe for a shit show, but with great writers behind them and the cast largely being comedians themselves, the viewer joins the crew on a 110-episode journey into ever-imaginative and crazy worlds, all taking place within the confines of their community college.
If one forgives the first 10 episodes for being a good show, yet not fantastic, it will over time reveal itself to be the most revolutionary television series of the 21st Century. I won’t give anything more away so you can develop your own relationship with the unique characters as they develop, but I must give huge props to the characters of Danny Pudi (Abed) and Ken Jeong (Chow). As the first season progresses you find that the focus is not on the supposed lead male, but on the antics of all, with the two aforementioned being the best character story arcs ever. The men themselves are great writers, actors, comedians, and producers – as well as great men themselves. If I ever found myself in their company for any longer than a few minutes I could then say I have no regrets in life.