Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Friday, December 17, 2010

NBC Thursday Night Line-Up Top 5 Episodes of 2010

5. Community – “Modern Warfare”

30 minutes that redefined what a comedy could do on television.

4. 30 Rock – “Regeaning”

Touching Liz and Jack moments, Kelsey Grammer assisted long-con, Season 2 level hilarity.

3. The Office – “Classy Christmas”

An episode that reminded the viewer why The Office is one of the best Television shows (not just comedies) ever.

2. Parks & Recreation – “Freddy Spaghetti”

A perfect blend of 30 Rock and The Office, the second half of the Parks & Recreation 2nd season was juggernaut. So much so that any of the final six episodes could have been here. The Finale gets the slot because under the laughs and heart, it exhibits P&R as a subtle examination of the state of American politics. Also it has three tear inducing physical gags.

1. Community – “Cooperative Calligraphy”

“What seems more likely, that someone in this group doesn’t belong in this group or ghosts?”

This quote from Jeff at the end of “Cooperative Calligraphy” sums-up the show in a bizarre nutshell. It has done so much legwork creating dynamic characters with complex relationships with one another, that the impossible seems likely. There is such a solid emotional foundation that it allows them to do episodes completely outside of reality that seem more real than any other comedy on TV. There is no better showcase of this than “The Bottle Episode”, which, by constraining the setting, allows the characters to explore the state of their relationship. Most importantly, “Cooperative Calligraphy” is a supremely hilarious 30 minutes of television. It is the type of episode that demands an instant rewatch to catch the jokes missed from laughing. I honestly watched it 6 times in its first week because it really is that good. Flatly, Community is the best comedy on Television, if not show period, and there needs to be no more proof that this episode.

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