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Community Recap: ‘Heroic Origins’ (Season 4, Episode 12)

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Newlin

May 3rd, 2013

According to Abed’s Crazy Quilt of Destiny, the study group members have all crossed paths before, sometimes multiple times.

Community Recap: ‘Basic Human Anatomy’ (Season 4, Episode 11)

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Newlin

April 26th, 2013

Trying to recapture the “outside the box” antics that made Community so beloved in the earlier seasons, “Human Anatomy” focuses on Abed and Troy doing a Freaky Friday-style body switch for most of the episode. While no one believes they have actually switched bodies, the rest of the group goes along with it so that they can complete the History project that is conveniently due very soon.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Knots’ (Season 4, Episode 10)

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Newlin

April 19th, 2013

I wish someone could Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind me so all memory of this terrible season could be wiped from my brain. Ignorance is bliss and it would be wonderful to live in a world where Season Four of Community doesn’t exist.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Felt Surrogacy’ (Season 4, Episode 9)

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Newlin

April 12th, 2013

In puppet world, we learn that the group grew tired of the monotony of Greendale, left campus, hopped in a hot air balloon, took off without the pilot (played by Sara Bareilles), crash landed in the woods (unharmed), met a former Greendale student turned wood-dweller (Jason Alexander), ate some trippy berries and then shared their most intimate secrets with each other resulting in the awkward silence that opened the episode.

Community Recap: ‘Herstory of Dance’ (Season 4, Episode 8)

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Newlin

April 5th, 2013

I think the episode had its funny moments and was more of a return to form, but it just seems like too little too late.

Community Recap: ‘Economics of Marine Biology’ (Season 4, Episode 7)

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Newlin

March 22nd, 2013

The sliver of optimism that built inside me after last week’s episode of Community has shriveled up and died. Community is not going to turn things around in its final death throes and Season 4 will forever be the Godfather Part III of one of the most creative and inspired series of the new millennium.

Community Recap: ‘Advanced Documentary Filmmaking’ (Season 4, Episode 6)

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Newlin

March 15th, 2013

After a mediocre season (to put it nicely) so far, this week’s episode of Community was a slight return to form for the struggling comedy which has become almost without humor in what is likely to be its final season.

Community Recaps: ‘Alternative History…’ and ‘Cooperative Escapism…’ (Season 4, Episodes 4 and 5)

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Brett Harrison
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Davinger

March 8th, 2013

Even before the season began, the show gained a reputation that would be hard to shake. Would liking Season 4 be based on its own merits or be residual effects from the obsessive fandom of the previous three years? Alternatively, would not liking Season 4 be based on the show’s quality or because of devotion to Harmon and knowledge of the behind-the-scenes conflicts?

Community Recap: ‘Paranormal Parentage’ (Season 4, Episode 2)

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Newlin

February 15th, 2013

Previous episodes like “Epidemiology” and “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” have lampooned genre films and provided some of the series’ most memorable moments, “Paranormal Parentage” was just…boring. The story was subpar and the meta-references were practically winking at themselves. Is it possible to be nostalgic for something that aired less than a year ago?

Community Recap: ‘History 101’ (Season 4, Episode 1)

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Newlin

February 8th, 2013

“Troy and Abed back from summer!” Actually, it’s Community back from an unnervingly long break between the end of Season 3, which culminated with three of the series’ most creative episodes, and the start of what will likely be its final season.

If We Nominated The Nominees: Emmys 2012

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Davinger

July 17th, 2012

A look at shows/performers that should be nominated for the 2012 Emmys

Mixtape review: Childish Gambino’s Royalty

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Robinson

July 13th, 2012

Childish Gambino is the not-really-a-side-project rap persona of multiple-threat megatalent Donald Glover. What he’s most famous for depends on your perspective but before the Gambino project took off he won an Emmy for writing on the third season of 30 Rock, launched a stand up career and starred as Troy Barnes in the very deeply brilliant Community. He’s 28.

Interview: Yvette Nicole Brown Discusses Community and Her Positive Outlook

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Newlin

May 22nd, 2012

For Brown, the fans are one of the most satisfying aspects of being on the show. “They’re like ‘A video game? Sure! Zombie apocalypse? Yes!’” she says, referring to two specific episodes, “Digital Estate Planning” (Season 3, Episode 20) and “Epidemiology” (Season 1, Episode 6). Is Brown surprised that fans are so rabidly loyal to a series that prefers spaghetti Western homages to typical sitcom storytelling? “I’m not really surprised anymore. I’m eternally grateful, but not surprised.”

NBC: The 2012-2013 Television Season

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Davinger

May 13th, 2012

A look at NBC’s Fall and Midseason Schedule

Community Recap: Course Listing Unavailable (Season 3, Episode 18)

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Newlin

May 3rd, 2012

Are they, in fact, in the darkest time line? Even though things haven’t worked out the way they would have wanted, this couldn’t be the darkest time line since they’re all together and somehow it feels like everything will be okay.

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