My favorite sitcom is back in force for a digitally distributed (and eleventh-hour resurrected) sixth season. That’s right, Community is back on the airwaves. Or fiberoptic cables, I suppose. Now released weekly on Yahoo! Screen, Community’s newest season has really seemed like a return to the form for TV’s pluckiest comedy.
Here’s what we’ve got so far:
S6E1 – Ladders
Dean Pelton hires Francesca “Frankie” Dart (Paget Brewster) as a consultant to help improve Greendale, but her tactics create tension on campus.
S6E2 – Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care
Britta discovers that her parents have been helping her financially from behind the scenes, while the Dean becomes obsessed with an expensive virtual reality system and Jeff seeks out the inventor, Elroy Patashnik (Keith David), to get a refund.
S6E3 – Basic Crisis Room Decorum
Community’s 100th episode!
Annie finds out that Greendale once gave a bachelor’s degree to a dog and clashes with Jeff over how to deal with the news. Elsewhere, Britta has an embarrassing series of misadventures, Frankie and Elroy meet each other, Chang heads off-campus to make a dirty movie, and the Dean gets confused over texts from a Japanese kid.
After a long and tumultuous trio of seasons (3, 4, 5) with the Peacock, Community has, for me at least, hit a very successful stride. With any sitcom, chemistry between the actors in key, and the new additions of Paget Brewster and Keith David are really great additions to the already varied personalities of Study Room F. Having lost 4 members of the cast since season 3, with Donald Glover’s absence being the most notable to the group dynamic, having a comparable mesh of personalities is a challenge. But I’m very satisfied with what we’ve got so far.
There’s an entirely new aesthetic this season, as a new DP sits behind the camera. Longtime viewers will be elated to see a return to exterior sets as well, an important facet of the show’s universe that failed to show up as ratings and budget fell.
The plots have been typical Community, convoluted, meta, and hilarious. The jokes are just as witty, and the runners (particularly Chang’s arc in ep 2) are killer. Today’s episode was great as well, and you can see that Dan Harmon and co are really taking advantage of the longer format that digital provides, taking their time on certain jokes that go from funny, to funnier, to absurd.
MY PLEA TO WATCH
Though we’ve finally hit the first mark in the hallowed #sixseasonsandamovie, it’s important that if you like Community, you tune in! The fate of TV’s most creative show has been in the balance far too often in the past few years, and as always, it’s up to audience eyeballs and outreach to keep it on top.
You can watch here: https://screen.yahoo.com/
So what are you waiting for!
How do you feel about Community’s 6th season?