After finding overwhelming success with other comedic sitcoms like “The Office” and “30 Rock”, NBC has unveiled its newest gem “Community”, starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and long-time funnyman Chevy Chase.
Seemingly targeting viewers in that awkward limbo stage between early adulthood and the real world, “Community comes across as a blend of the John Hughes classic “The Breakfast Club” and Joel McHale’s other comedic pop culture venture “The Soup”.
McHale plays Jeff Winger, a fast talking ex-lawyer suspended after it became clear he received his degree from Colombia (the country, not the university), forcing him to attend Greendale Community College to earn a new degree.
In an attempt to get out of the “school shaped toilet”, as he calls it, Winger tries to bribe a professor, played by John Oliver of “Daily Show” fame, into giving him the answers to all the tests.Â He is eventually denied, thus forcing him to actually try to succeed.
After spotting Britta (played by Gillian Jacobs), Winger sets up a Spanish study group to try and impress her.Â Much to his dismay, word gets out to other students, which makes for a complete study group full of misfits of all ages, including successful, yet bored, businessman Pierce (Chevy Chase).
While not being as laugh-out-loud funny or as overall goofy as its counterpart “The Office”, “Community” is smartly cast by actors in which viewers can immediately fall in love with.Â The comedy is fast paced and well timed, and the show offers a bit of sweetness to provide for a well-rounded sitcom.
Congratulations NBC, you have done it again.
Catch “Community” on NBC Thursdays at 9:30/8:30 Central