Right now, we are in a very underrated age of television. Sure, the deluge of terrible, terrible reality shows, cliched sitcoms and unoriginal procedural is maddening- but that doesn't take away from the accomplishments of the great TV shows on currently. In drama, Breaking Bad and Mad Men are two of the greatest dramas ever, Justified, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire are all very good, the dearly-departed Friday Night Lights was stellar, Fringe is shaping up to be a truly memorable sci-fi, and The Good Wife is showing that a CBS drama doesn't have to be in the NCIS mold. Comedy-wise, Curb Your Enthusiasm is still going strong, Louie is breaking down boundaries regarding what a 'comedy' can do, and there are dozens of good-to-great single-camera and animated comedies (Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Cougar Town, Archer, The Venture Bros., 30 Rock, etc). But for my money, Community just might be the best thing out there.
Coming off a stellar first season (which can be purchased here, for those who haven't yet see it: Community: The Complete First Season
), I wondered whether Season 2 could possibly follow it up well. Short shory: it did. Long story: The thing that I like best about Community is that, despite all the detached meta-jokes and sitcom deconstructions (which are great), the show still has an emotional core. It's very good at the parodies, but it can also just let the characters bounce off each other for 22 minutes and have it be the best episode of the season. A depressing-for-network-TV episode about a character's 21st birthday can, despite a relative lack of jokes, be great. Most would describe Community as simply a pop-culture referencing, parody-laden show- but it's so much more. The Emmys may not care about it, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't.
Highlights of the season: "Accounting for Lawyers", "Epidemiology", "Cooperative Calligraphy", "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design", "Mixology Certification", "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons", "Critical Film Studies", "Paradigms of Human Memory", "A Fistful of Paintballs"