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Community: Season 1 (2009)

Joel McHale , Chevy Chase  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 535 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N5N5LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Community: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Cast & Crew Commentary on Every Episode!
Outtakes!
Creative Compromises
Community Season One Cast Evaluations
"Advanced Criminal Law" Alternate
Season One Highlight Reel
Mini Episodes
Communication Studies Extended Producer's Cut
The Art of Discourse Commentary with Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Adam Davidson and Chris McKenna

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Community hits an ingenious balance: it's both a top-notch sitcom about a gaggle of misfits at a community college and a satire on the very nature of sitcoms. Jeff (Joel McHale of The Soup), a fast-talking suspended lawyer seeking an authentic undergraduate degree, forms a Spanish study group for the sole purpose of wooing Britta (Gillian Jacobs, Choke), a former political activist trying to move into mainstream life--but to his dismay a handful of other students show up as well. As happens in sitcoms, they turn into an alternate family, including Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), a Christian housewife; Abed (Danny Pudi), a business/film student with Asperger's syndrome; Troy (Donald Glover), a former high school football star; Annie (Alison Brie, Mad Men), an overachieving ex-drug addict; and a former moist-towelette magnate (Chevy Chase, Saturday Night Live, Foul Play). Community's plots occasionally revolve around classes--most often abusive assignments from their volatile Spanish teacher, Señor Chang (Ken Jeong, The Hangover)--but more often the show veers into daffy social territory, such as female bathroom etiquette, excessive political correctness, sexually transmitted disease prevention, the true meaning of Christmas, bullies, and teacher-student affairs. The characters are delightful, the dialogue swift and clever, and the stories skillfully orchestrated.

But the secret pleasure of Community is its sneaky commentary on sitcom mechanics, from the whole concept of an alternate family to the manipulative nature of will-they-won't-they sexual tension to any number of subtle but affectionate digs. The show's pop-culture awareness extends even further in two of the best episodes, one that turns a craving for chicken fingers into a GoodFellas-esque Mafia tale and another about a paintball competition that escalates into a quasi-apocalyptic action thriller. Also, Community: The Complete First Season is packed with delicious extras--in addition to cheerful and entertaining commentaries (which demonstrate how much the cast enjoys working together) and the usual outtakes of the cast breaking character, there are excellent mini-episodes, mock cast interviews, and some very creative use of sound effects. Fans of Arrested Development will enjoy the rich, layered humor and fans of How I Met Your Mother will take similar pleasure in the clever stories, but Community should appeal to anyone seeking smart, high-energy comedy. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Smooth talking ex-lawyer Jeff Winger has got a lot to learn, and he's come to Greendale Community College to avoid every bit of it. Unfortunately for Jeff, he's not the only misfit to enroll here, and people in need have an odd way of finding each other. First, his fake study group becomes a real study group. Then, over the course of a strange year - from Mexican Halloween to the final 'Tranny Dance' - including bad trips, great debates, drunk dials, food fights, epic paintball battles and sinister chicken finger conspiracies - the group becomes a family, something Jeff never wanted, but clearly needs. Starring Joel McHale (TV's The Soup), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Emmy Award winner Chevy Chase.

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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully loaded DVD set of a fantastic freshman season September 23, 2010
By Ben
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to spend much time talking about how much I like Community. The first season, like most, has some ups and downs but it quickly proved itself to be a bitingly funny comedy that could easily hang with the other Thursday night big boys on NBC.

That being said, this DVD set has ruined me for all other television shows. There are outtakes, alternative scenes, producer's cuts, mini episodes, a highlight reel, two featurettes, and 25 commentaries with the cast/crew (that's one for each episode). Clearly a lot of love has gone into this show AND the DVD content. Of course, how can I look at other shows the same way again? Most can't even match up to half of what this set offers.

Right now, Amazon is selling this for 17.99, and you can get 5 dollars off if you put in the code SONYFIVE. Even if you were paying retail price for this, you'd be getting a MAJOR steal. Buy this to not only support Community and its creators, but to support how truly great DVD can be with the right amount of effort involved.
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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest show on TV. April 5, 2010
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This show is UNBELIEVABLY FUNNY. So you can compare your taste to mine, here are the other shows I watch regularly: How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, The Office, Parks & Rec, House, Lost, The Mentalist, and 24. With Community, I was hooked from the first episode.

What makes this show great? Rapid-fire wit (emphasis on rapid-fire ... and equal emphasis on wit!), great writing, an innately funny premise that leaves itself open to endless hilarious storylines (the show peeks into the lives of an eclectic, neurotic, lovable, unlikely group of friends at a community college), perfect comedic timing, brilliant characters the likes of which you haven't seen on TV in a long time, and an ensemble cast with real, natural chemistry (their performances are often applause-worthy). Last but not least, the comedy on this show is INTELLIGENT. It will appeal to you if you're pop-culturally literate and enjoy smart humor.

Community never fails to deliver. The LEAST funny episodes of this show are still far funnier than most of the standard fare out there. And the MOST funny episodes of this show will challenge your continence. Yes, it's really that good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most likely to succeed April 21, 2011
Format:DVD
With Scrubs being finished and The Office in its 7th season, I was needing something new. I'm a sitcom fan. Seinfeld, Friends, Simpsons, IT Crowd, The office, Scrubs, and now the Community all sit on my shelf. I don't think its because the Community being newer is why I like it the best. I think its because it takes a style from everything that has worked before it and incorporated into something a little diverse.

The overall synopsis has been tried a thousand times... An unlikely and diverse group is forced together and nothing is as it seems. But they do so much more than try to revitalize a century old idea.

The large cast is at the top of their game. They work well together and no one really steals the show (which I think is a very good thing). While Jeff is billed as the 'leader' he very heavily relies on EVERYONE and their story. At any time someone could be left out or someone, anyone could be focused on and it would work for a time.

The story remembers itself. Each episode isn't a new 20 minutes that start from scratch. If someone broke their leg last week they are in a cast or limping the following week. Its not like the Simpsons where they draw in a door slot when its convenient or they themselves joke about how the plots rarely remember or explain major previous events. Every episode adds to the community cannon that will be drawn upon in the future.

The characters are aware of the outside world. They can joke about politics, companies, religions, hollywood, etc. The show is set in a real world which adds a layer of depth and comedy that some shows will avoid. While Scrubs was a great show, it knew very little of what happened outside the hospital. They brought in guest stars..
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new reason to watch NBC March 18, 2010
By J. Hart
Format:DVD
I feel a little like I'm cheating, writing a review 19/25 episodes through the season. However, I can strongly recommend Season 1 of Community to anyone who enjoys comedy. The show utilizes a talented cast - not just Joel McHale and Alison Brie, but everyone - for a fun mix of subtle and over-the-top humor. Although it took an episode or two to get up and running, once the writers had a chance to introduce the characters Community's been consistently funny ever since. I laughed more at "Introduction to Statistics" and the past several post-Olympics episodes than anything since The Norm Show.

Community doesn't merely get the easy jokes right, either; the writers and actors do an impressive job with some fairly subversive jokes about race, sex, etc. On top of all that, Community manages to be an upbeat show, which is a pleasant change of pace from stuff like It's Always Sunny... (which I also enjoy). I wouldn't go so far as to say it "makes you think," but Season 1 has been a joy to laugh along with!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows on television! April 28, 2010
Format:DVD
In my opinion, Community is amazing! The writing is witty, the characters are great, and it is just genuinely enjoyable to watch. It is great to see Chevy Chase again, and he is hysterical! Abbed may be one of the greatest television characters ever created. If you like the office or 30 rock, you'll probably love this show. If you don't, you still may love this show. Give it a shot!

I, along with many other people I know, were thrilled with this show from the beginning. Some others that I know needed a little bit of time to get acquainted with the characters before they really got into it. So I urge you, if you're a little skeptical after the pilot give it a chance for another episode or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ahhh takes me back.
great show
Published 2 days ago by MadMax2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Community is quality television. Try this, then buy this, then share...
One of the best shows on television. I've owned the first two seasons for a few years now and they're battered from passing them to friends, who subsequently buy their own and pass... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great show
This is such a great show. I would hugely recommend buying it. Please! Do it for Chevy Chase.
Published 24 days ago by Rodney
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Kind Of Sit-Com
At first, when I watched Community, I thought, what in the world is this? Then, after watching a few more episodes, I thought, this isn't like any sit-com program I'd ever seen,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by blackwolf21
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Danger of death by laughing
This show is hilarious. There isn't a lot more to say.

I can't say what if any injustices it does to community colleges.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars so many classic episodes
Paintball, Halloween, and so much more! I bought this as a gift, and the recipient watches this season all the time!
Published 1 month ago by libstudent
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a comedy love affair
One of the funniest TV shows to come out in the last decade. The crew at Greendale makes its start here with Jeff Winger's restart to his life with courses at community college. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Houser
1.0 out of 5 stars It should be zero stars
I would have given it zero stars if possible.

I know it's TV, and am not expecting comedic genius. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clark M.
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something special
I cannot recommend this show enough. If you are looking for something that is far more clever and self aware than the average sitcom this is it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zachary Rischitelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite season!
I started watching it from the begginng and was instantly hooked. Lots of good episodes in here, and good commentary too!
Published 2 months ago by Blarg65
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Subtitles, please.
This release HAS subtitles. Just press the Subtitle button on your DVD remote.
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