Rejoicing for the Return of <i>Community</i>, NBC's Subversive Feminist Sitcom

Community finally returns tonight for its fourth season, and I, for one, could not be more excited.  While Community has been off the air since last season’s finale in May, fans’ grumblings over changing premiere dates and show times has attracted some serious backlash. What’s the big deal with this show, anyway? Folks complained that Community is too weird, too meta, too full of Chevy Chase’s sour, unlikable antics (Chase, incidentally, left the show mid-season). Community’s detractors and skeptics take issue with the show’s heavy reliance on parody (each episode is loosely organized around a well-known film or genre—Thursday’s episode is rumored to borrow from The Hunger Games), sometimes-obscure verbal and visual pop culture references, and constant...

Thursday Night 'Lights: Christmas Time is Here

It’s our final week with this lineup of NBC comedies, and each one rose to the challenge by providing enjoyable holiday-themed episodes. For the last time in 2011 (sniff), let’s get recapping. Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: End of the Lineup As We Know It

Take a look at the photo on the left. Starting in January, Jeff Winger will be replaced by Liz Lemon. No wonder he looks so dismayed in the picture! In case you haven’t heard, Community is being pulled off the schedule indefinitely (boo) and being replaced by 30 Rock (... Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: Save Community!

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Community is being taken off NBC’s schedule indefinitely as of January. So I’ve decided to use this week’s episode to talk about why this series, as beloved by the Internet as it ignored by Nieslen families, deserves to... Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: Coalition of the Willing

On the surface, there is nothing connecting the four episodes that aired on NBC this week. Annie’s friends helped her move, and tweeted about it. Ben and Leslie’s attempt to stay friends had them waging war on each other at a Model UN. And Dwight sexually harrassed Jim. Does it matter... Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: End of the World

This week, I’m going to focus on this week’s episode of Parks and Recreation. The Rapture-inspired plot not only yielded a lot of wackiness (long live Zorp!) but also some interesting character introspection. Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: Ho-Hum Halloween

It’s always fun to see how our favorite shows celebrate Halloween. This week’s comedies featured wacky costumes and even ghost stories, and yet all felt like a bit of a letdown. Let’s take a look at how each comedy tackled the spook-tacular holiday. Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: Which Characters Need a Shake Up?

This week, our favorite comedy block was in reruns. So instead of recaps, I’m singling out characters from each show who seem to be in a rut, and how they can get out of it. Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: A Fun Night Out

“I want to go to there.” This Liz Lemon quote kept echoing inside my head while watching three-fourths of NBC’s Thursday comedy block this week. Almost all the shows ventured out of familiar settings, and as a result we were treated to a housewarming party, a camping trip (with candy! and... Read more »

Thursday Night 'Lights: Since We're Stuck With Whitney, Let's Improve the Show

For this installment of TNL, I’ve decided to focus on the most beloved new show of the fall season. That’s right, Whitney. Since NBC has chosen to give it a full season pickup, I think its time to accept the show is here to stay until May. So before I get to the other recaps... Read more »


I wish that The Hangover had hit theaters in 2007 to get that roundtable’s perspective on Mr. Chow, because my immediate reaction to the role in the context of Asian American stereotyping was that it represented more of the same. Don’t get me wrong: Ken Jeong is a hilarious... Read more »