Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Community

BOX SET DETAILS
Released
15 November 2011
Certificate
15
Distributor
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

LATEST TV REVIEWS
Fargo
4 Star Empire Rating
24: Live Another Day
3 Star Empire Rating
Penny Dreadful
4 Star Empire Rating
Trip To Italy, The
4 Star Empire Rating
Nashville: Season 1 & 2
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Veep: Season 2
5 Star Empire Rating
Games of Thrones: Season 3
5 Star Empire Rating
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
5 Star Empire Rating
30 Rock: Season 6
5 Star Empire Rating
Game Of Thrones: Season 2
5 Star Empire Rating

Community


submit to reddit

Review
If you're a bit of a film geek (that means you, probably), congratulations — you’ve likely just discovered your new favourite show. At first glance, though, that may not be immediately apparent. Dan Harmon’s ensemble comedy brings together a seemingly uninspired group of stock characters (the jock, the nerd, the creepy old guy etc.). Headed by Joel McHale’s disgraced lawyer (below), they’ve all taken a wrong turn in life and found themselves studying at Greendale Community College. There’s the temptation early on to write off Community as either smug or derivative, but it’s still finding its feet as the characters evolve. Stick with it beyond the first few episodes and you’ll reap the rewards.

Once it knows what it wants to be, Community takes flight. Lacking the crutches of a mockumentary format, flashbacks or laugh track that many of its contemporaries lean on, it simply peppers you with gags. What initially came off as smug is clearly just confidence, and as that confidence grows, the show has more and more fun playing with the sitcom format. Never is that more apparent than in Modern Warfare, the infamous paintball episode directed by Justin Lin (Fast Five). Staying within the show’s established reality, Lin perfectly balances action and comedy in redefining what a 30-minute sitcom can realistically achieve — referencing everything from 28 Days Later to Die Hard along the way.

Like The Simpsons’ golden age, Community’s meta-humour, homages and high concepts work because they’re underpinned by great characters bolstered by inspired casting. It’s near-impossible to pick a favourite: Donald Glover’s hilarious, Alison Brie’s adorable, Gillian Jacobs is gloriously unfunny... Chevy Chase is Chevy Chase. After just one season Community established itself as one of the best shows around, and it only gets better from here.


Reviewed by Joe Cunningham


Extras

Community Community
Released: 15 November 2011
Featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes and mini episodes are all good fun. The cast and crew commentaries on every episode are a must-listen, with Dan Harmon’s obsession over the show’s minutiae and frank assessment of its shortcomings refreshing. Best of all are the occasions when Chase graces the recording booth: “I’m not interested in the show... I don’t understand why I’m here at all.”

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Community
Empire Star Rating

To the Empowerage of words.

So good it makes me changry. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Deschain78 at 18:14, 18 April 2012 | Report This Post


The best comedy on tv

Hands down. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Teamwak at 09:30, 07 March 2012 | Report This Post


The Holy Grail of Comedy

Since its inception all the way back in 2009 Community has garnered a considerable fan-base due its immense popularity in the fields of surrealism and pop culture cliches. It not only captivates the audience with its slick writing and undeniably hilarious performances by its lead cast of characters but at the same time, bridges an emotional connection between the two. After two whole seasons Community has taken its rightful place as one of the new rulers of comedy if not, the new definition of c... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by KnightandKay at 17:15, 10 January 2012 | Report This Post


Streets ahead.

Quite honestly the best comedy show on TV. Not since Arrested Development have i been so in love with a sitcom. Every character is hilarious, and the quality of the writing is unbelievable. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by VwikusM at 15:27, 23 December 2011 | Report This Post


Agreed on how amazing the show is - but I personally think the second half of season 2 takes it to an unimaginally high level. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by SlaineX at 12:13, 25 November 2011 | Report This Post


There are no words

To describe how amazing this show is, especially the first season. Season 2 and 3 are yet to live up to the first's brilliance but hopefully it will only get better. My new favourite comedy and one of my favourite shows. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by TomBowler at 12:11, 17 November 2011 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)