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In Celebration of ‘Community’

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It's the most heartbreaking experience in the world when you lose something so close to you. Something so intrinsically woven into your personality, something so young, something which had so much left to offer you. It is this exact emotion that every single Community fan has been feeling over the last few weeks as Dan Harmon's cult comedy has faced expulsion from NBC's Thursday night schedules.

Throughout it's 59 episode tenure Jeff, Britta, Troy, Abed, Annie, Shirley and Pierce have gone through some crazy adventures, each one of which is unique to the world of Greendale community college and each of their 22 minutes is filled with so many ingenius, cult jokes that you need to watch each show over and over again to truly appreciate them all.

So with Community's return to our screens still not confirmed, let's sit back and enjoy some of it's most pivotal moments.

Modern Warfare.

In one of the greatest episodes of television to ever grace the small screen, the Dean organises a paintball contest but makes the winning prize so alluring that every single member of Greendale is willing to shoot their own mother to get it. There are cultural references to every western, sci-fi, action film that has been relevant in the last 30 years, oh yeah Jeff and Britta finally get it on too!!


Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas.

Christmas is a strange time of year, but never so peculiar that your whole world turns into a stop motion animation. However that is exactly what happens to Abed in Community's christmas spectacular and this homage to seasonal animation specials is so warm and quirky that it was probably better than any present you received that year. 

Cooperative Calligraphy.

It doesn't really matter if you know what a bottle episode is because this episodes meta humour is universally funny. The study group goes through a whole load of turmoil as they search for the thief who stole Annie's pen but it ultimately brings them closer together.

Remedial Chaos Theory.

Community's unique ability to mould unorthodox story structure with character development is what made it one of the most creative TV programmes of all time. This episode see's a number of timelines explore the effect of the absence/presence of each character on the group and is moving, hysterical and revelatory all in one. Television of the highest order.

Article By Gregory Wakeman
www.gregorywakeman.com

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