September’s finally rolled around - which means the fall premiere season is here. Every day for the next two weeks, nonTV will be recommending a Show Worth Watching.
THE SHOW: Community
WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING: It is tempting to compare Community to Glee: after all, they’re both heavily-marketed, very original shows with great ensembles (Community’s stars include Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Allison Brie, Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase). They’re both being positioned as this season’s Great Hope for their respective networks. But while Glee works within the boundless exuberance and optimism of the performing arts, Community elicits its laughs from the characters’ flaws and arrogance - its worldview is one of boundless (and hilarious) cynicism.
I can’t tell you how excited I am that Dan Harmon is both this show’s creator and head writer: he co-founded Channel 101, so in addition to being indirectly responsible for the rise of The Lonely Island, he’s the guy behind hilarious web series like Water and Power, ChooseYourOwnSelectAVision.TV and the surprisingly great Laser Fart. The show hasn’t stopped him from working on web projects, either: a series of Community webisodes feature 101 mainstays as actors, and his recently cancelled Channel101 show Daryl (in which he portrays a baby rapist) was actually shot within the Community writers’ offices. Here’s a Harmon-backed show where he has both broadcast network support and the luxuries of an actual budget - I look forward to it with great anticipation.
PREMIERES: Thursday, September 17th - 9:30PM/8:30c on NBC. You may have watched the pilot on Facebook, but if you didn’t, you can buy a season pass on iTunes here.