'Community': Why You Should Start Watching Tonight
The Wire" someday, by the way.) That being said, we come to you today with a simple plea: Watch NBC's "Community" tonight.
While you're at it, invite friends to watch with you. (Many friends. Especially friends with Nielsen boxes.) Because this zany, bizarre, often brilliant comedy, now in its third season, is in serious danger of being canceled if its ratings don't markedly improve when its spring run kicks off tonight. It was already pulled from NBC's schedule once for low ratings -- which, considering the current state of NBC, is like a star player on a last-place team being sent to the bench. It's humiliating.
But we understand you're hesitant. So we've compiled a list of very good reasons why you should devote thirty minutes of your life to giving "Community" the old college try tonight.
It's the smartest comedy on TV
It's ironic that "Community" airs at the same time as CBS's hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" (and regularly gets trounced by it in the ratings). Because we think the "Big Bang" nerds would love "Community": It's unabashedly brainy, with rapid-fire gags that reward repeat viewings. And it's not afraid to let its geek flag fly; it based an entire episode around Dungeons & Dragons, for Pete's sake. In an era where fart jokes and crude sexual innuendo pass as punchlines, we appreciate "Community's" effort to keep our collective IQs from dropping too much.
It boasts some serious eye candy
OK, fine, forget your brains; how about your loins? "Community" can appeal to your more primitive impulses as well. As the book-smart Annie, Alison Brie has fun letting her sex-kitten side come out, like she did earlier this season with this ridiculous Marilyn-esque Christmas serenade of Jeff:
Gillian Jacobs, who plays annoying eco-activist Britta, is no slouch in the looks department, either. (Did we mention Annie and Britta almost kissed once?) And for the ladies, Joel McHale is always finding an excuse to take his shirt off and bare his surprisingly ripped torso as reluctant group leader Jeff. Plus, if you have more offbeat tastes, there's always Dean Pelton in drag. In fact, speaking of the Dean…