If you haven't already watched the pre-released pilot, I promise this won't contain big spoilers since it's a new 30-minute comedy without much to be spoiled from the happenings of a first episode.
So, in the pilot, we meet Joel McHale's main character, Jeff, a lawyer who has to go back to community college because he was found out for having a fake law degree. (Insert the continuously played promo clip of Jeff noting he got his degree from Columbia, but now he has to get one from America.)
Jeff quickly meets a cute girl and instead of focusing on his classes, he focuses on trying to get in her pants, and trying to convince his professor friend to give him all the answers to his tests for the semester.
While this isn't comedy at its most brilliant, overall the pilot's really funny and the character introductions via Jeff's fake Spanish study group promise some pretty hilarious times for the community college bunch who are all there for typical but funny reasons.
Chevy Chase joins the gang as Pierce, an over-the-hill guy who instantly becomes enthralled with funnywoman Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley. They fill out the typical middle-aged group coming back to school to jump-start a second career or to feel young again soaking up some knowledge and college air. Then there's the usual aged freshman like Troy and Annie who just didn't quite make it out of town for college. Besides Pierce, the funnyman card goes to Abed who's pretty nutty and able to rattle off facts for Jeff about his pretty new crush in disturbing detail!
While we didn't get much of him in the pilot, I'm most looking forward to getting to know Senor Chang, the Chinese Spanish teacher played by Ken Jeong of Role Models, The Hangover, and a bunch of other super funny movies.
Jeff's crush, Britta, doesn't seem that notable so far besides being a catalyst for Jeff and the others to take themselves and their educations more seriously, which bonds the fake study group nicely in the first episode so we can believe this group of misfits would hang around each other.
My biggest complaint about the premiere episode is that they hyped up this show so much that by watching all the promos put out for it, I'd basically seen the episode. But yet, while I'd heard most of the jokes, I still thought put into context they were really funny and the plot is actually well-built around those jokes so that we could have ourselves another hit NBC comedy here!
It has a very strong cast of great comedians who don't individually try to take over the show despite their reputations (cough, Chevy), and I think there's a lot more potential for interesting and humorous character development and plot here than I'd even imagined from the promos!
So, if you haven't watched yet, definitely tune in tonight for the Community premiere at 9:30/8:30c on NBC, and if you have watched and you really liked it, watch it again to help out the ratings so it can stick around!
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