There are many reasons to look forward to Community
every week. The clever writing, meta references, and fantastic ensemble cast, will always leave you craving for more. But if there is one thing that separates Community
from other like sitcoms, it is the show's brilliant use of pop culture homages. Sure 30 Rock
does it every now and then, and Glee
is heading in that direction, but after only 26 episodes, Community
has it down to a science.
So far we have seen the show pay respect to: action movies, buddy cop comedies, super hero movies, John Hughes movies, frat movies, disaster movies, and (my favorite) mobster movies. This November Community
is staging another all-out homage. For sweeps season, the show is planning an episode that spoofs the high school movie modern classic, Mean Girls
. To make the episode even sweeter, Community
has tapped Hillary
Duff to play the leader of the plastics. Details are still slim but I'm sure we can expect a showdown between the
Duffster and the study group girls.
There is a lot of gold to be mined when doing a Mean Girls
spoof; I am confident Community
will nail it. But will it be the next "Modern Warfare"? That late season 1 episode converted a lot of Community
fence sitters and confirmed what Greendale-junkies had long already known, that Community
was here to stay. "Modern Warfare" was one giant love letter to all of the bloated action movies we grew up with. It also cemented Community
's position as the new go-to meta show.
But what really makes Community
great is the way the use of pop culture references moves the story along. Sure, shows like Family Guy
can pepper every scene with nonsensical references, but it is pretty impressive the way Community
has weaved the homages into the storytelling. If you were shown a Community
episode, with no background of popular culture, it is a safe bet you would still enjoy the episode. And that is an impressive feat for a TV show. You don't have to be in on the joke to enjoy it.
Can't wait until Thursday? Check out these behind the scenes videos with the cast of Community
. (Image courtesy of WENN)