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

  • Published on:  9/12/2018
  • 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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  • Forine (Sep 12, 2018)

    I heard some relatives call The Big Bang theory the "greatest thing ever" and "incredibly funny" and then I see my mum looking at minion memes. I genuinely have no hope.

  • Jessica Vincent (1 day ago)

    This is my mom too!

  • DNTV (Feb 11, 2019)

    My friend's dad finished watching an episode of his favorite show, The Big Bang Theory, and said with a grin, "This is what American television is all about".

  • trees (Sep 21, 2018)

    Will Arnett and Alison Brie in the SAME video??? what is this?! the opposite of a crossover episode???!!

  • King in the North (Feb 7, 2019)

    Heyyy. Aren't you the horse from horsin around?

  • Random Shitposter (Jan 6, 2019)

    This is a beautiful comment

  • 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

  • Noah Bezanson (Feb 2, 2019)

    +m street it is though

  • m street (Feb 2, 2019)

    One of the best ever, yeah right lol

  • thescowlingschnauzer (Sep 19, 2018)

    There is a key difference between the two shows. Arrested Development generated plot by parodying current political issues with a set of stock characters, like a modern comedia dell'arte. Even as it declines in popularity, it has the capacity to go on forever. Examining the characters' journeys (as necessitated by schedules in the first season of the Netflix reboot) is almost superfluous. On the other hand, Community was driven by deconstructing genres with a set of stock characters, and it ran out o...

  • te conheço? (Jan 28, 2019)

    You had me until thee last sentence

  • pennavedc (Jan 22, 2019)

    Between seasons 3 and 4, Community famously suffered from behind the scenes drama due to the show runner, dan harmon, letting his personal life get in the way of his job. Dan is a perfectionist who ran the first 3 seasons under barely functional chaos. He would keep writers late to rework scripts, obsess over the editing til the last minute, and let his drinking get the better of him. Perfect storm combination for catastrophe, see season 4. However, the biggest problem, once he returned in season 5, w...

  • Eric Sherman (Oct 6, 2018)

    Compare the office vs parks and rec

  • Michelle F (Feb 11, 2019)

    +Fuck Phuk i've only met women who liked the office. and only met women who liked parks and rec. i've only met women. what are men.

  • King in the North (Feb 7, 2019)

    +Sierra K in what way? Not being as funny? If so then yes parks and rec wins

  • Burnt Nike Sock (Sep 12, 2018)

    *How Not to Revive a Show* : Drew Gooden vs. Danny Gonzalez

  • ARadDude (4 days ago)

    Vocal Fry leave

  • Emilio-Vision (Sep 20, 2018)

    That awkward moment when Drew Gooden low key sounds like Ron Howard.

  • Shashwat Salgaocar (Nov 2, 2018)

    Mind blown

  • knife man (Oct 28, 2018)

    Holy shit

  • OddUndeniably (Sep 17, 2018)

    Of someone hasn't seen any previous episodes of Community, they shouldn't start with Remedial Chaos Theory. Yes, it's the best episode of the show. But it is built on the relationships with the characters - the whole concept is seeing how the group changes when one member is removed from the equation. And it draws on So many story threads from that point on that season: Pierce's resentment of Troy moving out of his house to live with Abed, Annie and Jeff's uncertainty about their own dynamic, Shirley's...

  • Sumanyu Kakar (Jan 28, 2019)

    +Chrissy Wager That's one of the dumbest things I've read.

  • pennavedc (Jan 22, 2019)

    +Chrissy Wager I have to disagree, vehemently, with your critique. Excluding season 4, where did community stray into soap territory?

  • Yara Ahmed (Sep 17, 2018)

    Honestly the landscape of TV has changed so much. 5M views today? TV execs would be ecstatic. I was looking at those numbers like “wtf why would these be considered low???” Then I remembered that this is before the rise of streaming and mass decline of TV, when everyone’s viewing platform was the same; not “watch this show on tv, this one on amazon, this ones a Netflix original, this ones on Hulu...” etc. So all the viewers would be concentrated onto TV. A successful show today would be getting Communi...

  • John Constantine (Dec 25, 2018)

    +DP Boi I see what you did thereThe fake commercial disclaimer gag

  • Samael 11 (Dec 18, 2018)

    +DP Boi Don't remember exact numbers, but yes, they had a large number of online followers watching on Hulu.I dropped TV in 2010 or 2011 IIRC

  • Hayley (Sep 30, 2018)

    Cool. Cool cool cool.