How (Not) To Revive A Show: Arrested Development vs. Community

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • In my second attempt at a TV-centric video essay, I attempt to point out the parallels between two of television's most innovative comedies of the past two decades: Arrested Development and Community. Both are highly acclaimed and feature award-winning writing and performances, but they have another, more specific thing in common; they both failed- twice. Which one did a better job handling their attempted rebirth, or did both of them crap the bed their second time around? I offer my two cents.

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  • erialeduab
    erialeduab  6 minutes ago

    Surprised you didn't mention the most important factors for community that made later seasons suck: Donald Glover leaving and then by s6 3 of the main characters leaving.

  • Burrow klown
    Burrow klown  an hour ago

    So if the last season of Community (which I was aware of, but YAHOO SCREEN & no Yvette Nicole Brown) is actually decent is there anywhere we can watch those episodes? Because that show was definitely one of the best comedies to ever grace the small screen.
    (And the 4th season is *still* better then any of the sitcoms you refused to name) #6SeasonsAndAMovie

  • Phoenix Dawn
    Phoenix Dawn  an hour ago

    Community final season is one of my favourites!

  • Jomard Benemile
    Jomard Benemile  an hour ago

    Drew Gooden, the basketball player?

  • Maksie0
    Maksie0  2 hours ago

    To me, Community will always be seasons 1 and 2. And a handful of episodes from 3.

  • liam kennedy
    liam kennedy  4 hours ago

    Troy and Abed in the moorrrrnnnnniinnngg

  • That Fiery Dragon
    That Fiery Dragon  4 hours ago


  • Chingiz Zhylkybayev

    Modern Warfare was not the season finale though. I know, I'm nitpicking.

  • Chingiz Zhylkybayev

    You listed pretty superficial things as similarities between two shows. Tonally, they are extremely different. Community is very much feelgood, while AD is a cringe generator featuring awful people (and I don't mean to say it's a bad thing in any way). In this regard, you could much more convincingly compare AD to something like It's Always Sunny.

  • Osmond Go
    Osmond Go  4 hours ago

    Bon Troyage was heart-breaking. Community wasn't the same without Troy. #andamovie

  • Foogafoog
    Foogafoog  5 hours ago

    Season 4 was hilarious

  • Ento: The Chesnaut Knight

    There was a blackbuster App.
    It's worse then you'd think.

  • Cham-Br9 Peg
    Cham-Br9 Peg  6 hours ago

    Still waiting for the wolf ring

  • Will Todman
    Will Todman  6 hours ago

    Took me at least 10 minutes to realise this was Drew

  • Tom Zomboss
    Tom Zomboss  7 hours ago

    you were in a jacksfilms video its please don't photoshop our honeymoon

  • Pual Gaming
    Pual Gaming  7 hours ago

    Last episode it took him three weeks! Welcome back to the hit show “When Will Drew Post Another Video” as we see how long it takes for drew to post another video

  • Ian Hays
    Ian Hays  8 hours ago

    Trailer Park Boys for the win

  • J Cym
    J Cym  8 hours ago

    The first community paintball episode wasn’t the finale of season one.

  • Adam Schlinker
    Adam Schlinker  8 hours ago

    You just made me realize that Arrested Development was indeed the first show I ever really binge watched.

  • Isaac Watt
    Isaac Watt  9 hours ago

    Wait, am I the only person who didn't like Community season 6?!
    It was... Bad.
    Like, vaguely amusing at best, imo.