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Community: Season 1

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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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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


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

Product Details

  • 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: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 535 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N5N5LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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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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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It is fair to say that among fans of Community, the first three seasons are the best. Since season three, we have seen the departure of Chevy Chase and Donald Glover from the main roster of characters, but also the return of Dan Harmon as creative director. In the first season, the early episodes display some differences from the later rhythm that has made the show a cult classic, but even in episode one it has an excellent sense of humor. The best quality of Community is its ability to produce humor at multiple levels, from a clear gag on Pierce's buffoonery to the much more subtle aspects of Troy and Abed's relationship. A few years ago, I watched one of the later episodes of Community and did not much care for it. More recently, however, I have started watching from the beginning (which is a must) and now love the show. While the show has gone through multiple cancellations and revivals, cast changes, and a host of writing staff, the thing that has been most consistent is the support of its fan base. I recommend anyone who wants to become part of that start here. Here's to six seasons and a movie!
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