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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    thank for watching! I tried to be a bit more informative and research-based with this video rather than solely opinionated. While I admit this video is less funny than what I usually attempt to put out, my goal was to take a documentary-like approach to the history of two shows I love. Let me know what you think.

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  • Firethon  (Sep 12, 2018)

    Cool vid. You’re my favorite YouTuber, Danny Gonzalez!

  • SuddenCypress51  (3 days ago)

    Greg greg greg

  • Grape Goys  (Sep 12, 2018)

    Greg 4ever

  • Hayley  (Sep 30, 2018)

    Cool. Cool cool cool.

  • TheWeirdistReviewer  (2 days ago)


  • Patrick Henderson  (4 days ago)

    Hayley no doubt no doubt

  • nick da bott  (Mar 17, 2019)

    Arrested Development is one of the greatest shows on Netflix and Community is one of the greatest shows on Hulu

  • Alberto Larios  (1 day ago)

    nick da bott Community is also on Amazon Prime

  • Jordan Davis  (Oct 8, 2018)

    I love Community so much

  • Kadar Abdullahi  (Mar 22, 2019)


  • Jack Fitzsimmons  (Mar 12, 2019)

    I love The Big Lebowski

  • Luc Robillard  (Mar 4, 2019)

    Community is literally my absolute, number 1 favorite show in all of space-time.

  • Connor Taylor  (Mar 29, 2019)

    The loss of Shirley Troy and pierce in such quick succession killed the show for me though, it ended up feeling like the cast knew it was over before the writers did

  • Luc Robillard  (Mar 27, 2019)

    +Jon Farrow Ooh, Not sure about that. Darkest timeline me probably likes Big Bang Theory.

  • A Simody  (Sep 12, 2018)

    "Virgin nerd guy say smart thing" and "two hot girl do dumb job" * _hilarity ensues_ *Probably exactly how these shows were presented to their respective networks.

  • Andrew Conner  (Sep 13, 2018)


  • David Lucas  (Sep 12, 2018)

    Kryptic Mortal  1. Kat. 2. Dennings. She's SO funny, but yeah. Damn.

  • Dayle Beazley  (Dec 11, 2018)

    This video made me watch both Arrested Development and Community and boi, that was the best decision I've made. Thaaaaanks Drew

  • TheGalacticCrafter  (Apr 8, 2019)

    Yeeesssss!!!!!! I'm so happy you got to experience them. What a gift

  • AX System  (Nov 19, 2018)

    *Community* was one of the greatest TV shows *ever made*. I think that orginal producers don't realize the huge mistakes they have take by saying goodbye to Harmon for a season, cancel it and send it to new owners known by *no one* with few main characters missing.Although the 6th season was pretty good if it's watched by nobody it makes a empty shot of it

  • Kwhyell  (Mar 29, 2019)

    +Randm yeah I mean if you've ever listened to his podcast its obvious that he's an alcoholic, narcissistic, self indulgent asshole. But his work is fucking great and I love it.

  • Adrian Lindsey  (Mar 10, 2019)

    AX System I liked season 4 better than 5 tbh. And season 6 better than both.

  • parks and rec vs brooklyn nine nine (mike schur edition)

  • Prince Seokjin  (Mar 5, 2019)

    the apotheosis is upon us or Brooklyn nine nine versus the good place

  • Thomas Changarathil  (Oct 30, 2018)

    I think its depressing that monumental shows like Community and Arrested would be killed off because they would not regress to the mean like formula garbage like 'Friends' or 'Big Bang'. Im glad they tried to revive the shows in that it gave some credence to the cult followings that can appreciate the creative style of comedies that is so lacking in the shit factory of mainstream 'laugh track' factories. Im glad that TV is on its way to obsolescence.

  • Paula Nunes  (Apr 2, 2019)

    Conrad Korbol the way to know that you’re wrong is that friends have ended 15 fucking years ago and it is still a tv show that people watch and rewatch and quote it as if it is still airing

  • Kurukulla  (Mar 31, 2019)

    +Conrad Korbol Yeah it's almost like it was a different world in 1994 and US shows didn't air worldwide like they do now, so it's almost like it's a completely unfair way of comparing it. Friends is one of the most popular shows of all time, you're being ridiculous.