You know that feeling you get from a good laugh? That feel-good feeling, like your day just got a bit brighter and maybe everything isn’t so bad? I kinda dig that feeling. It’s hard to get that feeling for me – I’m a glass half empty type. It’s a curse. My burden. It’s something I try to work on.
Certain TV shows tend to give me that feeling. Witty, smart comedies, mostly. 30 Rock, Better Off Ted, The Office, all currently airing shows that spring to mind. I’m sure you’ve probably guessed by now where this is headed. Not exactly the master of unpredictable (or even readable) writing here.
I watched the pilot of Community, a new half hour sitcom set to air on NBC this fall. As the episode ended, my first thought was, “Wow, this will go so great with The Office and 30 Rock on NBC.” Take note there, because that’s probably the only time, in relation to the 2009 Fall season, that I will say I’m happy about something being on NBC. For all it’s pitfalls and blunders, NBC has always been known, and still holds on to, the title for best comedic sitcoms in my book and gets a lot of credit for giving those comedies a chance to catch on.
The series revolves around Jeff Winger, played by The Soup‘s Joel McHale The character lands somewhere right between a hustler, a player and a seemingly nice guy. Even with those qualities, though, I somehow ended up routing for him to succeed. He was a lawyer, until the state bar association realized his degree came via email attachment from Columbia the country, as opposed to Columbia the school. That’s when he was sent on his way to Greendale Community College.
Once on campus we recognize many faces from around the TV world. There’s folks from Mad Men, The Daily Show, The Book of Daniel, Greek, Gilmore Girls, Rules of Engagement and even the aforementioned 30 Rock. Don’t get me wrong here – we’re not talking John Hamm or Tina Fey, but you’ll probably do a double take and have to check IMDB a time or two.
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