‘Community’: NBC return successful, but still waiting on ratings

This is not “cool” Troy and Abed.

It’s a shame that we even have to mention the ratings when talking about a show like “Community,” but in some ways that is what the current climate of television has forced us into. In a perfect world internet viewing and DVRs matter (not to mention trending topics on Twitter), this show would be around for a good, long time. Just look at Thursday night, when everything from “Inspector Spacetime” to a certain part of Annie’s body was trending across the social-networking site, and you will realize how popular this show is with a certain crowd.

We have already seen some reviewers out there say that Thursday night’s “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts” was not the best episode the show has ever put out on television, and in some ways we’ll agree. It may have been a bit too heavy on the Shirley, and absence of Ken Jeong completely was noted. However, most of this is pure nit-picking once you consider the fact that it was still the funniest comedy on TV by a pretty wide margin Thursday night.

Really, we liked the fact that first and foremost the show made sure to make this episode a bit more accessible — we love the postmodern half-hours as much as anyone, but this was a prime opportunity to introduce potentially new viewers to the story and the characters that they may not know much about. The writers fit in there that Jeff and Britta are trainwrecks, that Pierce is rich but has no idea to do with his money, that Dean Pelton is insane, and that Annie has an agonizing need to be loved. We also saw both “cool” Troy and Abed and “weird” Troy and Abed. (Isn’t it strange that Abed actually likes the word “cool” more than the weird one? Cool Abed is a part of the darkest timeline.)

If you are reading this story, then you are probably well aware already of what happened this episode — Shirley ended up getting married to Andre, but in the process we saw a rehearsal that went completely off track thanks to both her attempts to start up a sandwich whip with Pierce and Britta’s bizarre wedding planning leading to her exclaiming that she may as well get married as if it is some sort of cruel destiny. Both stories were incredibly funny, and included everything from song-and-dance numbers to familiar faces (Leonard!) to even subtle references to “Chuck” when it comes to a Subway coming into the cafeteria.

More than anything else, “Community” represents to us a group of friends — even on occasions where we’ve seen them funnier, we still want to have them around as much as possible. We also don’t want to see the party cut short because not enough people decided to attend.

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