REVIEW: Community

Most people know that when I find a new tv show, I move to the “obsession stage” pretty damn fast. In fact, every show I have ever watched loyally qualifies as an obsession, because I am not going to waste an hour of precious tv time on something I merely “like.” Well, I am proud to introduce the newest inductee into my Television Obsession Museum, NBC’s Community.

You know that moment when you’re perusing the New Releases section at Target, Best Buy, etc. and there’s something on sale for half its original price and an alarm starts blaring through your head, “MUST HAVE. MUST HAVE”? I had one of those this weekend. I have heard nothing but good things about Community and season 1 was on sale for $14.99. That’s a steal this tv lover just cannot pass up.

Community is centers on a group of seven students, who through various circumstances are attending Greendale Community College in the fictional Greendale, Colorado. The series’ protagonist (or antagonist, depending which way you look at it) is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a 30-something ex-lawyer who is forced to go back to college after his degree is revealed as fake. On his first day at Greendale, he accidentally forms a study group in his attempt to pursue Britta (Gillian Jacobs). Other fellow students, Annie (Alison Brie), Troy (Donald Glover), Abed (Danny Pudi), Shirly (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Pierce (Chevy Chase).

The show is very cleverly written and frequently uses pop-culture references. Most of the humor is from sarcasm and one-liners. It reminds me of a less raunchy Misfits.

And I may be only 13 episodes in, but I have already found my OTP: Jeff & Annie. After the couple made the finals of E!Online’s tv couple showdown poll, I had planned to look them up on YouTube, but never got around to it. Watching the first episode, I just couldn’t picture them working as a power couple. Their personalities majorly clash, they’ve got at least a 10 year age difference and he seemed 100 percent into Britta. But after episode 1×09, “Debate 109”, my mind has completely changed. I freaking love them.

As soon as I’m sure I cannot add another show to my weekly tv schedule, something will come along that forces me to make yet another adjustment. Sadly, Community will probably not bump The Vampire Diaries for my Thursday 7 p.m. slot, but it will definitely be my first iTunes download come Friday morning.

My Top 5 Favorite Television Couples (2010 Edition)

UPDATED JUNE 4, 2012

I have always had a horrible track record of supporting the one couple in a show that is just destined to fail. It wasn’t until the LOST finale that I experienced the amazing feeling of having my OTP be endgame. But despite the imminent heartbreak, I’ve never jumped ship from these ships.

Dawson Leery & Joey Potter, DAWSON’S CREEK

He was whiny and adolescent. She was annoying and indecisive. But these best friends turned lovers made for a highly combustible couple that brought forth my first television heartbreak: their eventually demise.

Jack Shephard & Kate Austen, LOST

I was pretty much a blubbering mess throughout the entire LOST finale, but when Jack & Kate kissed on that clifftop I completely lost it. And when she found him at the benefit concert in the sideways world, I was inconsolable. And when the bright light filled the church and it was confirmed that Jate was endgame, I proclaimed it the perfect ending to a near-perfect show.

Nathan and Haley Scott, ONE TREE HILL

I never doubted that Nathan and Haley weren’t going to get their happy ending, even throughout their brief hiatus in season two and Nathan’s alleged infidelity. Married at sixteen, first child at eighteen, and all the challenges that came afterward, Nathan and Haley have always been a constant on One Tree Hill and I loved them for it.

Jeff Winger and Annie Edison, COMMUNITY

I have proclaimed my love for this not-even-a-couple couple multiple times, and I refuse to quit. Despite the fact that they’re not even a couple or had an official declaration, this May-December relationship has become a highlight of the show for me.

Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey, GREY’S ANATOMY

Shonda Rhimes, why do you insist on killing all of the beautiful things on your show? I’ve grown tired of Meredith and Derek, and I’ve never fully wrapped my head around Owen and Cristina. Alex and Izzie were perfect and now they’re dunzo. Mark and Lexie were on their way to a reconciliation, let’s kill off Lexie. Insert my pathetic cries.