So, let me start with this: I know quite a few people who hate Community. I know many more who are Community-agnostic; they might, under different circumstances, watch the show, but the notoriously intense fans, or the Chevy Chase scandals, or the Dan Harmon scandals, or the show’s reputation as weird and inaccessible, or just the fact that it’s spent 5 straight years on the verge of cancellation or collapse, have kept them from investing any time in it. And I suspect that most of the people I know who hate Community only think they hate Community: I chain-watched Season One with just such a person, my boyfriend, when we both had colds. He spent twenty-two straight episodes complaining about how boring and overhyped the show was, until “Modern Warfare” — “the paintball episode” — at which point he was quiet for “Modern Warfare,” and, when it finished, turned to me and said “that is one of the best things I have ever seen on television.” Now he is a person who likes Community. But that process took twelve hours to accomplish, so you can see why this doesn’t happen often.
I want to talk about the fact that, five seasons in, Community finally aired the one episode I would show people if I had exactly one half-hour to win them over to Community. And I want to tell you why I think this episode, “Cooperative Polygraphy,” might be one of the best episodes Community has done, period.
Yep! I wrote a 2,000-plus word analysis of this particular episode, and why I think it is just some super writing, period. Plus, the Brent Test for TV episodes (sorry, Brent! Haha, no I’m not, you don’t even read my blog) and why this show works, even if you’re sure you would probably hate it.