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Community - S02E19


Jeff incorporates Abed's love of cinema and pop culture, into a specially themed "Pulp Fiction" surprise birthday for him. But the tables are turned as Abed arranges another dinner with an unsuspecting Jeff at another eating establishment.

Episode Title: Critical Film Studies
Airs: 2011-03-24 at 08:00 pm
  • Verne Gay

    Community can be fresh, funny, smart and extremely aware of its own cleverness; it also can be terrifically odd--odd good, or odd bad, or sometimes odd-good-bad-strange all at once.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    One of the best new comedies of the season, and an instant bright light in NBC’s much-honored lineup.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • McHale gets to flirt and insult to his heart's content, and he's impishly believable in both modes. The supporting cast members manage to make each of their sad little lives amusing, so what could have been a downer of a show is often absurdly funny.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    I've seen the pilot episode at least four times already, in whole or in parts, and I laugh just as hard at the jokes now as I did the first time.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    For a good three days afterward, I was tempted to introduce one of the pilot's best lines into casual conversation--no, I won't spoil it for you, but it involves sharks--yet I wondered if it might not just be a fluke. But I saw the second episode of Community yesterday, and the same thing happened.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Ken Jeong plays the Spanish professor, Mr. Chang, the kind of quiet joke in the topsy-turvy world that characterizes this sweetly funny show.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Fast-paced with snappy, smart dialogue and engaging characters that brim with potential, NBC's Community fits in well with its new Thursday night neighbor, "The Office.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Daynah Burnett

    Given the heft of the show’s themes and the crispness of the writing, it’s got to be a brilliant social commentary disguised as a major network sitcom, right? Or maybe Joel McHale really is that likable and we’re all wallowing in nostalgia for a simpler 2002. Either way, boo-yah.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    The first episode of Community features alarmingly smart writing, and the cast is fantastic, from Chase, who can make us laugh with just a look, to McHale, who's believably slippery but not too adorably caddish or cloying (Zach Braff, anyone?) as the antihero.

    Salon Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    As long as the jokes stay barbed, fast and witty--as they are in the pilot--there's more than enough reason to keep following the band of misfits.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It's a promising comedy about a shallow man trying to make his life right, one bad deed at a time.

    Time Full Review
  • If creator/writer Dan Harmon earns only a "C" for the framework of his show, he gets higher grades for its brisk pace and clever writing. And some extra credit is in order for casting, as well.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The show is overstuffed with political and pop culture jokes about everything from 9/11 to “The Breakfast Club,’’ but they’re always secondary to the warm ensemble character comedy. The free-floating irony isn’t terminal.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Community is mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It's not as funny as "30 Rock" nor as distinctive as "The Office," but it's a clear improvement on the seemingly unsalvageable "Parks & Recreation."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kris King

    While the cast delivers solid, funny performances, they're mostly just playing caricatures of themselves, and the rest of the supporting players range from forgettable to obnoxious, especially Danny Pudi, whose rambling Abed is about as endearing as stepping on a nail.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The humor in Community is so soft that it will likely please only the tenderhearted. The river that runs through it is a comforting one, though.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is technically proficient--that is, the jokes consistently work, even when they don't add up to much--and its problems may not be unsolvable, if anyone even considers them problems in the first place.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    In weeks ahead, the show will likely work out a balance between the jerk and the laughs. Then it can also start exploring the other characters, all of whom have the potential to fuel amusing ongoing subplots.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Community embraces the traditional sitcom notion of “family” being what you make of it, but it’s a little too self-conscious about the genre’s cliches--or at least, feels that way because its satirical elements aren’t as crisp as they need to be.

    Variety Full Review
  • Hank

    The dialogue, while quick, has all the calculated bite of a smirky cellphone commercial, veering into jokes about Ben Affleck and "The Breakfast Club." The grading scale here is strictly Pass/Fail. Its preseason hype aside, Community needs to buckle down to survive the semester.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The series, which has so much promise (and promised so much), is long on smug self-satisfaction and short on big laughs.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Community's party animals tend to get their kicks less from bongs, grain-alcohol projectile vomiting and peeping into sorority windows than from irregular Spanish verbs and lengthy recitations of the script of The Breakfast Club, which, for the most part, is even less amusing than it sounds.

    Miami Herald Full Review
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