Community, seasons 1-6

I thought I’d seen most of “Community” during its live run.

Either I wasn’t paying attention or I vastly overestimated my viewing habits. Many of these episodes were new to me.

What’s weird about “Community” is that it’s clever and innovative and it has excellent pop culture homages, but I rarely laughed out loud.

At the same time, there are aspects of “Community” that I often think about:

  • Magnitude’s “pop pop”
  • Troy and Abed in the morning
  • The darkest timeline
  • The paintball episodes
  • The Luis Guzmán references

This stuff is all memorable.

There are aspects of the show that don’t hold up well: Male characters use “gay” as an insult; the flirtation between Jeff (who’s in his mid-to-late 30s) and Annie (who’s 18-to-early 20s) is disconcerting; and in later seasons they attempt to portray the Dean’s sexuality as an unabashed expression of his true self, but in earlier seasons that “true self” was mined for derisive laughs.

Season 6: The final season of “Community” aired on Yahoo Screen, the defunct Yahoo streaming service that was really only known for showing the final season of “Community.”