1. Chevy Chase
2. Theme Episodes
When Community does a “special” episode, the production team and writers go the extra mile. For “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” the opening credits were changed to give the episode an epic medieval feeling ala Game of Thrones. There was even a narrator with a British accent guiding the episode. Then “Modern Warfare” had the school facing off in a paintball game that carried enough references to make any film fan giggle. There was the obvious Chang (Ken Jeong from The Hangover) doing homage to Scarface, and the more obscure like the 28 Days Later moment when Jeff (Joel McHale) walked outside to a quad that was empty except for plastic buckets. For the first Christmas special, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”, the episode was animated to look like the classic Claymation Christmas specials from the 70s. The most recent Christmas special, “Regional Holiday Music” was a musical parody of Glee, obviously pointing out the repetitive nature of the show.
3. The Guest Stars
Community takes actors that we love in other series and rarely see now, and ironically places them into the show. As a fan of The Wire, it was nothing less than spectacular to see Omar Little (Michael K. Williams) in a pink sweater teaching biology. The eternal 80s nerd Anthony Michael Hall played a bully in the second season. LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame guess starred as himself to surprise his biggest fan, Troy (Donald Glover). Sawyer from Lost (Josh Holloway) turned up in the second paintball episode, “A Fistful of Paintballs” (another homage, this time to spaghetti westerns). Other guest stars like Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Patton Oswalt and Betty White have all appeared in episodes.
Abed is socially awkward and uses his extensive knowledge of film and movies to relate to others. He is the observer of the group and often compares what he witnesses to scenes in movies. He spent nearly an entire episode reenacting My Dinner With Andre and dressed up as Batman to save the day. He also played Don Draper for a few minutes and almost planted a big wet one on Annie (Alison Brie). He is the heart of the show, the fourth wall that keeps the other characters in check. He has a deadpan delivery of brutally honest observations about his friends. His mannerisms are childlike and his character has become a favorite on the series. “I’ll admit it, I’ve fallen madly in love with Abed Nadir,” Sarah Rochman, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh said.