Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a smooth-talking, big-headed hotshot lawyer is suspended when it’s discovered he never graduated from law school, and is sentenced to get his degree at Greendale Community College in Colorado, a hotbed of dysfunction and packed to the rafters with oddballs.
He uses his first day of college as an excuse to pick up pretty girls, and unwittingly finds himself locked into a study group with perhaps the biggest misfits of all, and before long, they’re looking up to him as their leader. Despite himself, Jeff grows fond of Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Annie (Alison Brie), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Abed (Danny Pudi), Troy (Donald Glover) and Pierce (Chevy Chase), and soon the “study group” is a group of firm friends who stick up for each other in the face of academic issues, car crashes in their love lives, problems with their parents and the terrors of Dean Pelton and the irrepressible study-group wannabe Chang.
In this cult hit, expect one of the most engaging ensemble casts to ever grace your screen at once, zippy one-liners, a next-level meta awareness of how clever it is, and a skewering of sitcom tropes, all powered by a big heartedness that extends to its flawed characters. Vox called it “one of the all-time great TV sitcoms”; Newsday said it’s “fresh, funny, smart”; and the Atlantic said “Community is the most innovative sitcom of all time”.
If you’re wanting to dip back in and rewatch the best episodes, start at Season 2, which has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and if you’re wanting a single episode to restore your faith in TV, comedy and, in fact, the whole human race, go straight to the stop-motion animated Christmas episode – that’s episode 11 of Season 2.
IMDB rating: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%