Friday, October 14, 2011
Every so often, a show comes along that despite being loved by the critics and adored by its fans fails to find an audience. While season after season of trashy reality shows like American Idol (10 and counting) or uninspired rubbish like According to Jim (8 seasons, seriously?) seem to exist in unending perpetuity, these smart, entertaining pop culture gems dwindle in obscurity, perched on the edge of the abyss.
You've heard their names: Firefly, Arrested Development, Freaks, Love Monkey (ok, you might not have heard of that last one, but it was really good). You may have even been a fan, but you sat idly by while the collective unconsciousness of our cultural soup gummed these diamonds into mushy oblivion.
Simply put, if Community's ratings don't improve it will not survive another season. It's time to send out the Save Our Show distress call.
For those of you who don't watch (shame on you) Community is pure, elegant, brilliance. It's first season started slow, but steadily built into a lean, mean, fat-reducing comedy machine. It's second season was, in a word: Perfection. For the 2010-2011 season you could not find a more consistent laugh out loud comedy on the air. Anywhere.
Now we're in season 3. The premiere was great, introducing a stellar John Goodman and quickly spiraling into all-out crazy town. The next two episodes were, to be frank, meh. I was worried, the quality was not up to par and the ratings. wouldn't. stop. falling.
Then, last night, we had episode 4, Remedial Chaos Theory, which did what the show does best: Absurdity. The gang gathered at Casa De La Chez Trobed for a housewarming party and because of a roll of the die segmented into 7 alternate timelines. Pierce was shot, Britta got high, Shirley lost her mind, Troy lost his larynx and Jeff lost an arm -- in ONE timeline anyway.
It is a stellar piece of television. Entertainment Weekly TV reviewer Ken Tucker (a.k.a. God) made it his pick of the night, saying it was one of the best episodes to date and should not be missed. And yet, AMERICA MISSED IT.
Most of them anyway. Do you see Annie in the above picture? Do you see how Sad Panda she is? That's how I felt this morning when I saw the ratings report. NOT GOOD. The only reason this show is even on the air is because NBC gets a hit show about as often as I ovulate. Their most successful new series is Whitney. WHITNEY, PEOPLE! Truth be told, if it wasn't for Sunday night football, NBC would have to close up shop. NBC! The nation's first national broadcasting network!
These are dire times indeed. I'm sure that most of you, like me, love this show but we need to go on the offense. We need to get people hooked. We need to shout our love from the rooftops. We need to push this series like Shirley pushes pies. Guys -- and this is important -- friends don't let friends NOT watch Community. Ok?
So get all ponzi scheme up in here. If you don't personally cause 5 people to be addicted to this show then you'll only have yourself to blame when NBC gives it the axe in January. And remember, HULU doesn't count, I suggest you make plans so that you can be home, at the ready, each Thursday at 8 p.m./7 central.