'Community' - 'Paradigms of Human Memory': Remember the time?

First, the flashback idea itself. Clip shows were a sitcom staple in the '80s and '90s - an easy way for production to fill the contractual obligation for a "new" episode late in a season when everyone was tired, out of ideas and way behind schedule - but they've become something of a dead form lately. When "The Office" did a clip show last season, some younger viewers were both outraged and mystified by the idea - How dare you promise me something new and instead mostly give me stuff I've seen before? - because they had grown up past the era when most big sitcoms would do this at least once a season. Read More...


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