Community: Season 1, Ep. 5 and Ep. 6 – ‘Advanced Criminal Law’ and ‘Football, Feminism and You.’

In both of these episodes, the show is still largely making fun of Greendale and, through it, it’s own central conceit. “What happens when a whacky bunch of kids gets together at a rundown community college . . .?” Later on, Community will start to take on television and movies more broadly, but in the [...]

Community: Season 1, Ep. 3 and Ep. 4 – ‘Introduction to Film’ and ‘Social Psychology.’

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Considering how self-assured this show became by the end of season one, it’s weird to go back and watch the episodes when they were still finding their voice.  I had forgotten how much the “Jeff is trying to sleep with Britta” plot drove the early A-plots. I remember watching the show on the strength of [...]

Hate on Glee.

I cut off my cable more than a year ago. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, for a few reasons. One, the times that most people watch television — in the morning before work and in the evening after work — I spent listening to music, reading, and writing. Two, because [...]