Saturday, August 18, 2012

Community: One Very Amazing Sitcom

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

There are few sitcoms out there right now that are actually funny. One of these would be Community.

One of the best sitcoms
I've seen since How I Met Your Mother

The show takes place at Greendale Community College; a really bad community college. The show focuses around a group of misfits who form a study group in order to, obviously, study together. While this may seem unoriginal and uninspired, the characters and the chemistry they have works to create comedy gold. 

Characters:

Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) is a lawyer who has lost his lawyer powers and is now attending Greendale in order to get his Bachelor's in law. He's a bit arrogant and vain, but it's not annoying or overbearing.

Dat smug face


Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi) is someone who makes a lot of pop culture references whenever he talks. They're almost always rooted in either TV or movies. He's a bit weird at first, but it really grows on you and again, like Jeff, it isn't overbearing.

He's one of my favorite characters

Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs) is someone with a lot of very strong views on things such as feminism as well as environmentalism. She's seems like a great person on the surface, but in reality, she's the farthest from it. 

You learn to love her
for her flaws.

Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie) is the youngest one of the group and perhaps, the most innocent. She has that kind of school girl kind of personality, but again, isn't overbearing. She also loves to just one up people when it comes academics. 

See what I mean?

Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) is one the oldest of group being that she is a single mother of two. She also happens to be a very vocal Christian. Because of those two points of her personality, she is often considered the mother of the group. 


 Don't fool yourself. She's got sass. 

Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover) was one of the most popular kids in his high school, but now longer has any of that. He seems distant at first, but eventually opens up and you get to see who he really is. Him and Abed have, in all honesty, the best bromance I have seen since JD and Turk from Scrubs. The reason why they they aren't as good or better is because JD and Turk have had many more season to have moments. Still, an amazing bromance nonetheless.


Second favorite character right
here

Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase) is the oldest member of the group. He also happens to be very racist and bigoted and delivers the best humor because of it. He quickly becomes a kind of mental punching bag of the group, but again, it adds humor to him and to the show in general. 

Chevy frakking Chase.
Need I say more?

"Senor" Ben Chang (played by Ken Jeong) is a bit of a psycho in very good and comical way. That is all I really have to say. Trust me when I say that. 

Trust me

Dean Craig Pelton (played by Jim Rash) is the (obviously) dean of Greendale. He strives for Greendale to become much more respected and taken seriously. He also cross dress. A lot. But it's done in a way that isn't like modern cross dressing where it's done purely for the comedy. It's often done to convey his personality more so than "oh-hey-look-at-me-I'm-crossing-dressing-now-laugh-because-it's-funny". 

You grow to like him 
a lot

There are a couple of main reasons why this show is as funny as it is. One of the reasons is that this show has a lot of geeky references as well as pop culture references. Another reason why it's so funny is because of the jokes the show does. 

What makes the show geeky? For starters, it references Doctor Who, which is always a win in my book. They call it Inspector Space Time, but you get the obvious idea. Also, many of the references are subtle while others are not. Instead of the show shoving it in your face and putting a laugh track on it, it simply pokes you and let's you see/hear it for yourself without a laugh track unlike Big Bang Theory.

I honestly liked the show at first until I learned just
how bad it really was and how it makes fun of geeks/nerds.
More of that in a future post.

Now, when I say jokes, I mean ones not necessarily rooted in pop culture or something else. There are actually quite a few meta-jokes as well as jokes that take entire season to tell. There is one joke that took three seasons to tell, but it was worth it. 

Remember that timing is everything

So, all in all, this show is very much worth watching. As of right now, there have been three seasons with a fourth currently under production. It should be noted however that creator Dan Harmon, has been fired from the show and many of the original writers left with him so the quality of the fourth season is up in the air. Still, until the fourth season airs, enjoy the first three seasons. Time will tell the fourth will live up to the earlier seasons. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Spaced: One of Edgar Wright's Firsts

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

When most people think of Edgar Wright, they think of movies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. They normally don't think of the TV shows he's done with one of them being Spaced.
Such a short lived show

The show revolves around Tim and Daisy who pose as a couple in order to rent out a flat that was advertised as professional couples only. The episodes involve the two of them and other characters having sort adventures and learning about life as they are still young.

With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, 
you know it has to be good.

Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) is a up and coming comic book artist. He's a fairly down to Earth individual and works at a local comic book shop. Yes, he's a bit of a stoner, but really, it's not a real major part of his character. 
He doesn't always look like this.

Daisy Steiner (Jessica Stevenson) is a writer of sorts and in all honesty, can be slightly annoying to other characters because she's one of those people who just drags a story on for a long time. Yes, she a bit scatterbrained, but overall a likable character. 

Gotta love her.

Brian Topp (Mark Heap) is the downstairs neighbor to Tim and Daisy. He's a very eccentric artist and comes off as very weird when you first see him on screen, but he definitely can grown on you in a good way. 

He's weird, but a cool guy.

Mike Watt (Nick Frost) is Tim's best friend. He's a military type who wanted to join the British Army, but was unable to due to reasons you should watch the show for. He instead settled for the Territorial Army. He's always wears his yellow tinted hunting glasses and has a very respectable mustache. 

Honestly one of my favorite characters 
in the show.

Marsha Klein (Julia Deakin) is the landlady of the flat that Tim and Daisy are living in. She's a chain smoking alcoholic with a daughter she constantly is arguing with. Not my favorite character, but she makes for some great laughs throughout the series.

Usually seen smoking and or 
drinking.

Twist Morgan (Katy Carmichael) is Daisy's best friend. She's not the nicest of character's as she often makes unkind remarks about Daisy which are usually about her weight and or appearance. She's just "meh".

She's seems innocent enough
on the outside, doesn't she?

So, what made this show so good and funny? Well, it's the fact that Edgar Wright was behind it and that there are a lot of pop culture references. I mean A LOT of pop culture references. So much so that I'm fairly sure I missed a lot of them. Not only that, but it had some really witty and well written comedy. It's a damn shame it ended with only fourteen episodes in total with seven episodes in each series. I honestly could not tell you why it ended so early, but it was a great series nonetheless. 

Similar to what I stated at the beginning of this blog,
when you have these three together in something,
it's going to be an amazing something.

If you have the time, go and watch this show. All of it is on Netflix instant for your viewing pleasure.