Have you learned nothing from Arrested Development?

We’ve received some great news. After years of rumors, Arrested Development is coming back. There’s going to be a whole new season dedicated to letting us know what these beloved characters have been up to, leading to an Arrested Development movie! I know… Holy shit. I can’t believe it’s back either. You may be saying, “Yay! Arrested Development is returning! It’s so good. How could such an amazing/hilarious show ever be cancelled?” My reply? “Well… are you watching Community?”

In my opinion, there have been a few brilliant seasons of comedic television in the last decade. These include: Seasons 1 and 2 of Scrubs, Seasons 1-3 Arrested Development, Season 2 The Office, Season 2 of Louie and Season 2 of Community. Scrubs has been off the air a couple years now. The Office is still going, but honestly I haven’t watched it in a couple years because it’s running on fumes. Louie is luckily on a station that takes chances, and Arrested Development was infamously cancelled in it’s prime. As for Community? It’s third season just began and it’s amazing, but recently, some people received some horrible news.

Community was pulled from the mid season line up by NBC. They tell us it’ll definitely be back and the season will end, but that’s no guarantee the show will continue past this season. The show has horrible ratings, and just like Arrested Development may be cancelled at the height of its powers. Community is currently one of the best shows on TV. It is hilarious and incredibly smart. It’s probably the closest thing we’ve had to Arrested Development since that show went off the air. And guess what… more than likely you are not watching it (again). Most people spend their time Thursdays at 8 pm watching The Big Bang Theory. If you’re a nerd, geek, love film and television you’ll love Community because the people involved love that culture. It isn’t exploiting it like The Big Bang Theory. Seriously, watch the click below of The Big Bang Theory without a laugh track. It hurts my soul.

In five years everyone will watch Community on Netflix and demand it be brought back. It will be a classic and everyone will wonder, how do such a brilliant shows get cancelled. First Arrested Development. Now Community? My first reply? Where were you 5 years ago? People my age have an excuse when it comes to Arrested Development. We were very very young (Myself and others probably watched it but I’m sure most of us didn’t realize the brilliance at such a young age), but we’ve lost that excuse when it comes to Community. In a world where we have access to anything and everything. Where countless blogs watch the hours and hours of crap television produces to find the gems for you. How the hell are you not watching Community? How come my Facebook didn’t explode the way my twitter did (where I follow film and television sites). My second reply? You have no right to complain. I hear people complain about how much television sucks all the time. IF you aren’t going to watch the brilliant shows when they’re actually on TV then why the hell would stations make them? By watching shit like, Whitney or The Big Bang Theory we’re telling the networks that’s what we want. I beg you… Watch Community. It starts a little slow, but as you get to know the characters and the show gets its footing it becomes amazing. If you don’t want to take the time to watch the whole thing from the beginning watch the paintball episodes (Modern Warfare), Chicken Finger Gangster Episode, Dungeions and Dragons episode, claymation Christmas episode, Clips episode made entirely and clips not actually from the season. And if you watch Whitney or The Big Bang Theory instead of Community. Fuck you, seriously.




About Sean Temple

Filmmaker, Progressive, Feminist, Emerson MFA Student, Director of HUNT. I use film to critique our society and reveal the struggles real people deal with every day. View all posts by Sean Temple

3 responses to “Have you learned nothing from Arrested Development?

  • Tyler Reed

    Dude, I think you are spot on with this article. Everyone always complains after a show is cancelled; I tried to get my friends to watch AD back when it was still on. I even went as far as to forcefully loan out the season1DVD, nobody cared. I have been preaching the genius of Community and some people have actually responded, but DVR is killing a lot of shows chances, no one wants to watch TV live anymore, the networks need to take this into consideration. OnDemand and DVR make it too convenient, Community is the only show I still watch live, and admittedly I have slacked off a couple weeks this season because it is just too damn easy to wait. Anyways, great article. I came here via a link on SlashFilm, I plan on coming back. Keep up the good work.

    • Sean Temple

      Thanks for the comment. It’s cool to hear a slashfilm reader (a site a love very much) came to my blog and enjoyed it. I totally agree with you when it comes to watching the show live. I completely forgot to talk about that in the post. I’ve missed a couple episodes and had to watch them on DVR too. Hopefully things turn around.

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