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What to Binge Watch: Cult favorite ‘Community’ was ahead of its time

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‘Community’ is a humor-filled experience with a cult following online. Photo via NBC Studios.

Running out of TV shows and movies to stream? The Purbalite is here to help, with another installment of our What to Binge Watch feature.

The sitcom Community follows an unconventional storyline featuring a group of wildly different characters. On the surface, it is a show about the adventures of their study group, led by a disbarred attorney, at their quirky community college. 

Digging deeper, it is a humor-filled experience, rich with character development, dynamic storytelling, parodies, and countless homages. 

Each season follows the group as they become friends and develop an understanding of each other. They learn to communicate with each other, form tight-knit relationships, and come to terms with their own unique selves while realizing how much they’ve grown.

The show tackles heavy social problems while showing heartwarming friendships. All of the characters are well-written and diverse, with their own backgrounds and passions. 

The show originally aired for five seasons on NBC from 2009 to 2014, and it was then picked up by Yahoo Screen for the sixth season. Regardless, across the six seasons and two networks, the sitcom took on nearly every genre and pop culture trope.

Throughout its run, Community pulled off things most shows would never dream of. From claymation and puppets through Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, and even a documentary style, the show explored various concepts in special episodes that make it stand out from all other TV sitcoms out there. 

The plots are often ridiculous and entertaining, and that is why it is perfect to just watch to relax. The comedy level of the show is something most shows aspire for.

A movie is also in the works. NBC’s streaming service Peacock has announced plans for a movie, fulfilling the show’s own “six seasons and a movie” prophecy. A release date has not been decided, but much of the original cast is returning. 

Community is available to stream on Hulu and on Netflix. 

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Entertainment Editor Asmita Pokharel is a senior and a third-year member of the Purbalite. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends, go on walks, and watch soccer.
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