‘Community’ Recap: 10 GIFs From The Season 5 Double Premiere That Are Streets Ahead

By: 01.03.14  •  86 Comments
superhero jeff winger

Consider how far Community‘s stock fell in a very short amount of time.

On October 11, 2011, “Remedial Chaos Theory,” arguably the greatest sitcom episode of the 2000s aired; less than two years later, on May 9, 2013, season four ended with a dud with “Advanced Introduction to Finality.” Community was nowhere to be found in any best-of 2013 list; most fans were ready to say goodbye to Greendale, united in sadness of what the show had become and admiration of what it used to be. I know I was ready for it to be over — without Dan Harmon, it was a completely different show, and not the one that I wanted to see.

But then Harmon announced his return, as did Chris McKenna and a new batch of writers from shows as varied as American Dad! and Key & Peele, and despite my better judgement, I was excited again. Said excitement turned into genuine glee when I read the early reviews for the two-episode premiere, all of which were highly positive. And rightly so. “Repilot” and “Introduction to Teaching,” which were wisely aired together (best to get the plot catchup out of the way immediately) felt like Community, not Community fan fiction, the problem that so defined the fluffy and fan service-y season four. The colors were muted and dirty (not loud and harsh), the dialogue felt true to the characters, the jokes were fast and clever (like the misdirect of the study group receiving an F for their table-shaped birdhouse), the pop culture references pop-pop’d, and best of all, the words “Inspector Spacetime” were never said.

Community is back, you guys.

1. He popped his last pop.

troy magnitudetroy magnitude 2

2. Troy doing the Turk Dance, please.

scrubs troyscrubs troy 2scrubs troy 3scrubs troy 4

3. Um, we’re all going to Tummy Tuesdays.

tummy tuesdaystummy tuesdays 2

4. Britta Britta’d the metaphor.

owls analogiesowls analogies 2

Around The Web

Featured

I Survived The ‘Pasta From Hell’ And Other Insanely Spicy Dishes At ‘Hell Night’

How To BBQ Brisket In An Old Propane Tank: A Father-Son Story

Director Tobias Lindholm Discusses Meeting With Taliban Warriors For His Oscar-Nominated ‘A War’

Learn Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Eggnog With Tyson Buhler Of Death And Company

Steph Curry Is ‘Just A Shooter’? Charles Barkley Gives Us His Harsh Criticism Of The MVP

Ben Schwartz Talks About Keeping Busy And The Physics Of His Jean-Ralphio Hair

The Nod: The ‘Crash’ Upset, 10 Years Later

By:  •  16 Comments

EAT THIS CITY: Chef Carrie Nahabedian Shares Her ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences In Chicago

DJ Jazzy Jeff Talks World Tour With Will Smith, Culture of DJing, And Academy Awards Boycotts

‘An Endless Weekend’: What’s It Like To Go To The Super Bowl With 50 Of Your Closest Friends And Family?

Follow These Eight Travelers On Snapchat And They’ll Show You The World

What It’s Like To Watch The Super Bowl In A Strip Club