"Basically what Dan is doing is re-grounding the characters, who last year kind of got out of hand. I've said this about the series, that it's like an Edgar Wright movie in a way. All the characters in Shaun of the Dead were very grounded and normal, no one was a caricature of anything. But there's a zombie apocalypse happening outside. That's how I see Community — we have to deal with real stuff, like the loss of Pierce, in a bizarre world." Joel McHale discusses the fifth season of Community
, which premieres tonight with creator and once-fired show runner Dan Harmon
back in control
. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Jan 2, 2014 -
The much-beloved Arrested Development
was characterized by its complex, multilayered narrative jokes; here
the A. V. Club analyzed a 50-second-long clip and tried to map out all its references (including one very subtle three-part joke about eggs). Luckily for you, there’s a very exhaustive web site, The Balboa Observer-Picayune
, which documents the show’s obscurest jokes (H. Maddas
, GOB’s ice obsession
), its cleverest callbacks (Hello’s revenge
, ”Mom says”
), its visual gags (yearbooks
), and its longest-running gags (I’ve made a huge mistake”
, Cloud Mir
, ”Hey, brother!”
, and the chicken dance
). Complete index of references at the Bluthcyclopedia
. Complete transcripts of every episode.
Bonus songs! All You Need Is Smiles
. Yellow Boat
. Big Yellow Joint
. Hot Cops
. It Ain’t Easy Being White
. Discipline Daddy
. Balls in the Air
. You Here With Me
. I Get Up
. Finally, Fonzie jumps the shark again
. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jun 16, 2011 -
Make an independent sitcom? These guys did.
On a shoestring budget, a collection of very funny folk have created a 22-minute-long pilot episode of Break a Leg. Heavily influenced by Arrested Development, I found it funnier than most sitcoms I see on TV. The next episode is apparently a few months away.
posted by Wataki
on Dec 1, 2006 -
Best. Episodes. Ever.
Though I think they're wrong about the worst. In honor of the upcoming 300th episode of the Simpsons
, Entertainment Weekly looks back at the 25 best episodes and 1 worst. May the arguments, and uneeded meme generation, begin.
posted by eyeballkid
on Feb 1, 2003 -
Chuck Lorre's TV Journal
... Anybody who's ever watched one of my favorite TV shows, Dharma and Greg
, has noticed the 2 second "vanity card" that appears after the credits roll (usually where the production company's logo appears). This appears to be the TV equivalent of an online journal, with a mix of insights, personal commentary, and random rambling from the show's executive producer, Chuck Lorre. Some of them are mind-numbing, while others are fairly interesting. Influence of the Web or creative coincidence?
posted by yarf
on May 1, 2001 -
beer commercial actors are to be given their own sitcom. I am going to smash my TV after work today.
posted by john
on Nov 15, 2000 -
Sports Night No Go on HBO.
Despite the fact that Aaron Sorkin (the creator) had already made plans on an HBO-ized show, ABC and HBO have called off talks due to "financial issues which couldn't be resolved." If you were a fan of Sorkin (Sports Night), you may enjoy "The West Wing." I do.
posted by chrish
on Jun 22, 2000 -