Community 5 Seasons 2010

Season 2
(254) IMDb 8.1/10

3. The Psychology of Letting Go TV-PG CC

10/07/2010 08:00 PM THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LETTING GO (TV-14) Pierce (Chevy Chase) deals with the death of his mother and the group comes together to comfort him in his time of need. Professor Duncan (John Oliver) struggles to take over the anthropology class with no training, as Professor Bauer (Betty White) takes an unexpected leave of absence after her classroom hijinks put Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) in the hospital. Allison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Ken Jeong also star.

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs
22 minutes
Original air date:
October 7, 2010

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnard on May 13, 2011
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So, the sophomore year of Community wrapped up last night in a grand fashion, and I'm delighted to say that it lived up to the high expectations I set after the first season. Sure, there were a couple of episodes I didn't like (the "ABED" episode, which seemed really out of character, or at least as much as Abed can be out of character, was the biggest offender) but with so many episodes in a season it's an absolute miracle and testament to the genius of the people involved that 90% of them are pure gold.

This year sees the study group grow and evolve even more, bonding over events as disparate as a Dungeons & Dragons game, going to a bar for Troy's 21st birthday, or finding a missing pen. The cast is still in top form, with Donald Glover (Troy) and Danny Pudi (Abed) being especially memorable. Chevy Chase (Pierce) has his moments to shine this season as well, breaking out beyond "Cliche Old Man" in a few episodes. Britta has changed from the hipster of the majority of season 1 into a dorky loser who seems to think she's a hipster (turn it into a snake!), which I think fits much better into the group. Jeff already provides enough smugness for everyone.

My favorite episodes this season were probably Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design, Critical Film Studies, Paradigms of Human Memory, Cooperative Calligraphy, and Mixology Certification. There are so many others that are great, but for me those were the cream of the crop. One thing about this show is that while people almost never agree on the best episodes, everyone can always agree that the show is awesome, and I think that speaks for itself.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By T. Barnes on June 21, 2011
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During its freshman season, NBC's perennially underrated and low-watched sitcom Community- the story of a group of 'misfits' (for lack of a better term) that formed a community college study group- was unequivocally the best comedy on TV and perhaps the best since the late, great 'Arrested Development'. Seamlessly combining pop culture references and parodies with honest sentimentality and character humor, Community never went overboard with its references (see: Family Guy) and made for 25 episodes of smart, hilarious television that never talked down to its audience or went for cheap and unfunny gags. Now, in its second season, it is again the best comedy on TV.

Ramping up its unique brand of humor for 24 more episodes, Community not only equaled its first season but surpassed it with such genre-bending and ultimately great episodes as "Critical Film Studies" (The 'Pulp Fiction' parody that actually turned out to be so much more), "Mixology Certification" (The '21st birthday' episode that expertly highlighted the 'sorrows of drinking', but without sounding so melodramatic and PSAlike), "Cooperative Calligraphy" (A 'bottle episode' that summed up completely how the show's humor wasn't limited to simple 'parodies' and was a showcase in character-derived humor that circled around, of all things, a missing pen) and "Paradigms of Human Memory" (A fake clip show that might have been the outright funniest episode of anything in 2010-11), themselves just a sampling of the wealth of fantastic episodes in season 2. (See: 'Epidemiology', 'Accounting for Lawyers', the 2-part finale 'A Fist Full of Paintballs' and 'For A Few Paintballs More', 'Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas', 'Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design' and half a dozen more sensational episodes.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Dunning on June 22, 2011
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Any review for either season of Community should really just be: You need to watch this show. I'm going to say more about it anyway.

The first season had some awesomely "weird" episodes, but the second season really raised the bar with its weird-in-the-best-way-possible episodes.

I'll use "Physical Education" as an example of a weird episode from season one: Jeff doesn't want to play pool in tiny, 80s style gym shorts. Hilarity ensues. The description of the Jeff story in "PE" is basically that simple. However, everything comes together so well. What starts out as a conflict with a tiny amount of pride at stake (Jeff has plenty of pride to lose) ends up in this bizarre stand-off and hilarious resolution. Not only is it funny, but the episode actually develops Jeff's character, bringing him away from his original "too cool" mentality and more in line with the rest of the group.

Season two has episodes that make "PE" look as normal as an episode of The Cosby Show. What other sitcom has canonical zombie and stop motion animation episodes? How awesome was the clip show with a bunch of bizarre snippets from stories we never saw? Trampoline Eden. Chloroform Annie. An Office-like episode with LeVar Burton. The list of "I can't believe they're doing this" moments could go on. I can't remember an episode from season two that I didn't smile all the way through.

One of the complaints about season two, especially early on, was that there were too many high concept parodies/homages and not enough episodes about the group. I think that everything evened out in the end.
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