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'Community' Does Dungeons & Dragons -- But Who's the Closet Fan?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 14th 2011 4:15PM
They've paintballed in the halls of Greendale Community College, gone to "space" on a KFC-themed flight simulator and been stop-motion animated, all in the name of comedy.

So what's next for 'Community'? Creator Dan Harmon mentioned yesterday in their TCA panel that an upcoming episode will revolve around the mecca of all fantasy role-playing games, Dungeons & Dragons (Harmon talked about it with fellow Squadder Joel Keller in December). The episode will take place entirely in the study room, confirmed Harmon. "They'll just be sitting at a table playing."

OK, so we all know that with this show, nothing is ever "just" what it seems. Can't wait to see how they shake things up stylistically ...

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Behind the Scenes of 'Community's' Halloween Episode

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 28th 2010 11:55AM
Joel McHaleGreendale Community College is a very special kind of educational establishment, catering to the drop-outs, the rejects, the elderly and even those who like to forge their qualifications.

It's also one of the most entertaining places to spend 30 minutes of your time on a Thursday evening, even up against such ratings heavy-hitters as CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' and Fox's 'Bones'.

Perhaps you've never seen an episode of NBC's 'Community,' now in its second season (quite likely, since the show is criminally underrated), but if you only watch one Halloween episode this year, you should make it this one -- it's even on at a special time, 8.30PM ET, so you don't have to choose between those geniuses on CBS and the ... different type of geniuses that populate 'Community'.

Besides, this episode has zombies, and Ken Jeong in skintight Spandex; what more could you ask for from a TV show?

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The 'Community' Cast Opens Up About Their Chicken Obsession & Tonight's 'Basic Rocket Science' Episode (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 14th 2010 1:45PM
Last season of 'Community,' fans went clucking crazy over the chicken fingers episode. Earlier this season, the cast tweeted pics of their Chick-Fil-A-catered bash for Yvette Nicole Brown's birthday. And now, the Kentucky Fried Colonel himself is leading the Greendale Gang into space. (Sort of.)

What is it with this cast and chicken?

I visited the set while they were shooting tonight's big 'Apollo 13' homage (airs 8PM ET on NBC), aptly titled 'Basic Rocket Science,' where the gang gets locked in a KFC-branded flight simulator and takes a giant step for Greendale Human Being-kind.

Check out my interviews with the hilarious cast to get a sneak peek ...

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'Community' Cast Talks Betty White, Dream Guest Stars & Topping the Paintball Episode (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 8th 2010 4:50PM
I added a few must-watch new shows to my DVR last fall, but of all the returning sophomore shows this year, I'm most excited for 'Community.' If they proved anything in Season 1 (with episodes focusing on paintball wars, awkward school dances and chicken fingers), it's that they can -- and will -- do just about anything.


I visited the set of 'Community' to catch up with the cast before Season 2 premieres (Thurs., Sept. 23, 8PM ET on NBC), and the episode they were shooting that day was epic ... but more on that closer to premiere. For now, don't you just want to see your favorite Greendale Human Beings in action?

Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Donald Glover gave me the scoop on Betty White's stint on the show, what other guest stars they'd love to have on and how they're actively trying to beat the fan-favorite paintball episode. I also got some Britta vs. Annie questions in there, found out who might be hooking up with Senor Chang (the hysterical Ken Jeong) and got the best treat of all: a nipple dance from Danny Pudi.

Watch and enjoy!

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'Community' - 'The Art of Discourse' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2010 8:05AM
'Community' - 'The Art of Discourse'
(S01E022)
I don't even go to college anymore (because I went at the right age ... DUH!), and those damned three teenagers were driving me crazy, too. Not crazy enough to do what the above scene is depicting, perhaps, but it makes me wonder how we let our teenagers survive into adulthood. They're almost too annoying.

It's nice to see, though, that as adults we are able to stay above their juvenile antics. We'd certainly never reciprocate in kind. We have our own pranks to pull. After all, that's what college is all about. It's on Abed's list.

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Pulling Pranks on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 29th 2010 11:15PM
Pulling Pranks on 'Community'It's pranking time. Abed (Danny Pudi) has a college "bucket list" -- i.e., a list of things he wants to do before finishing the school year. On 'Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC), he sets about crossing items off this list. First up, smashing the guitar of someone playing a love song -- which he does to fellow student Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase). In a nice extra touch, the scene is a parody of 'Animal House': a movie starring Chase's old buddy John Belushi.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Community' - 'Contemporary American Poultry' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 22nd 2010 10:45PM
(S01E21) Tonight, on a "very special episode" of 'Community,' Abed learns that there is a right way to being accepted and embraced by your fellow students, and then there's the quick way.

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'Community' Webisodes Hit the Web (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 22nd 2010 5:30PM
Community, Webisodes, Senior Chang, Chicken FingersHave you been waiting impatiently for 'Community' to come back? Well, the wait is over, my friends, because tonight at 8PM ET on NBC, there's a brand new episode with the titillating title, 'Contemporary American Poultry.'

It's a devastating tragedy when a chicken finger shortage grips Greendale Community College, but Jeff and Troy are on the job, which causes Britta to think about the causes she currently supports.

But, wait! If you just can't bear the thought of waiting until tonight to get your 'Community' fix, a couple of webisodes are currently online that are pretty freakin' funny.

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'Community' - 'The Science of Illusion' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 26th 2010 4:26AM
Gillian Jacobs, 'Community'(S01E20) One of the criticisms about 'Community' throughout this season has been with the characterization of Britta, as portrayed by Gillian Jacobs. While the rest of the ensemble has received praise for their goofy character quirks and the humor they bring to the series, Jacobs has been considered a bit of a buzzkill in the fan community.

Big props to the producers and writers of the series for tackling this criticism head on by making Britta's lack of "fun" the central plot of the episode. In doing so, they even did a respectable job of explaining to us how they see her role in the study group, and I guess I can buy it.

On the other side, because of April Fool's Day, Annie and Shirley are temporarily hired as campus security guards, just in time for a real crime to solve. Did I mention Pierce in a wizard's robe waving around a cookie on a stick?

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'Community' - 'Basic Genealogy' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 12th 2010 12:39PM
Katharine McPhee & Joel McHale, 'Community'
(S01E18)
Joel Mchale caught a McPheever this week when Katharine McPhee guest-starred as Amber, a hot chick on campus. The format of 'Community' makes it so easy to drop in guest stars, and yet they didn't just make McPhee simply another student. Instead, we got a "Family Day" event where everybody got to bring in members of their family.

On 'American Idol,' where she came in second to Taylor Hicks, McPhee always touted herself as a singer-actress, so I was looking forward to seeing what skills she would bring to the set. While she wasn't given a very challenging role in Amber, she proved that she could hang with the big boys without sticking out like a sore thumb, so I'll give her kudos for that.

It was a blast seeing Shirley's kids again, as well as Abed's dad. Troy's grandmother, on the other hand ... I don't even know what to say. That mean old relative is a sitcom staple, but still this on went in a very disturbing direction. "I don't understand you, Britta!" Troy shouted to her at one point, and I'm right there with him.

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Abed Channels Don Draper on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 5th 2010 12:46AM
Community, Abed Channels Don DraperThis is one of the funniest things we've seen all day. On 'Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC), Abed channeled Don Draper of 'Mad Men' to show how he'd get the girl.

And it was spot-on, right down to the voice, the smooth moves and even the cigarettes. If you close your eyes, that's not Abed in the video. That's Don Draper.

Now he just needs to bed down every woman that comes within earshot, make a few hardcore business deals, lie to his wife and assume someone else's identity. Oh, and get a hat.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Community' - 'Communication Studies' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 12th 2010 8:34AM
'Community' - 'Communication Studies'
(S01E16)
Suddenly I want to spend at least 40 more minutes in the world of 'Community' after tonight's episode. I wonder if those 40 minutes will come back to haunt our dear friend later?

Jeff and Abed tore it up with one of the most bizarre drunk montages I've ever seen, culminating with Abed in the absolute best "aftermath" position I've ever seen. And Jeff did it all to try and make things right with Britta again. Try as they might, those two just can't seem to get their awkward feelings for one another to stop interfering with their relationship as "just-friends."

With the Valentine's Day dance looming, Troy and Pierce tried to regain some of their own dignity early in the episode, only to lose it completely by the end of it. Surprisingly, despite his "skills" on the dance floor, Chang either has no dignity to lose, or has so much that it's impervious to anything he does.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Romantic Expressionism'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 5th 2010 4:45AM
Alison Brie, 'Community'(S01E15) This episode would have been great for the scene where the study group looked around the room thinking of one another sexually. Without a single word, there was so much spoken with facial expressions and eyes and turns of the head.

I am glad we got more, though. Abed's 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' inspired movie nights reminded me of my own college experience. We used to do the exact same thing; it made 'Waterworld' and 'Battlefield Earth' instant classics. Unfortunately, we got into such bad habits that to this day I find myself mocking and ridiculing even good movies and TV shows.

Luckily, I'm a little quicker on the draw than Pierce. Kudos to him, though, for taking it the extra step and preparing for the next night. That's doing it 'MST3K' style, for real!

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Review: Community - Interpretive Dance

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 22nd 2010 1:02AM
Donald Glover, Community(S01E14) This one actually hits a little close to home. Through most of my childhood, and into my teen years, I took dance classes. I even got pretty good, performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company for a brief time. But, like Troy, there was that element of shame and embarrassment in being a male dancer, primarily based on the negative response most people still seem to have to it.

However, while I've been to plenty of recitals in my day, I've never seen adults perform routines anything like the weird teapot-flower dance Britta found herself in. It was so goofy and hilarious, that I felt almost as horrified and mortified for her as Pierce did. Actually, I think Pierce was having a blast.

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Review: Community - Investigative Journalism

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 15th 2010 3:15AM
Community: Investigative Journalism
(S01E13)
I'd like to give thanks to the Executive Producer Associate Supervisor Supervising Executive for being the man, or woman, behind the new semester at Community. When the gang returned from the break they discovered a new member in their group -- he snuck in during the group hug.

Jack Black basically plays one type of character, and that's who we got this week. There were some genuinely funny moments, but this definitely wasn't one of the stronger episodes of the series to date. With the community college setting, it's pretty easy to slip in a guest star here or there and even, as in this case, pretend they've been there the whole time. I just don't think it's necessary right now for Community.

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