It’s been established that I love, love, love Community. Seriously, it’s right up there with my all-time favorite Arrested Development. That makes sense, as both shows are not just funny, but meta and layered to the extreme. You can rewatch both of these shows over and over again and still pick up on new details all the time.
So as I spent the last week rewatching season 2 of Community, I wanted to pull together a quick video list of six obscurely awesome moments that you might have missed!
1. Abed loves Cougar Town, ends up on Cougar Town
This is about as meta as it gets. Apparently the creators of both Community and Cougar Town are big fans of each other, and even though the shows are on different networks (NBC and ABC, respectively), there have been numerous mentions between the two. This culminated in an episode of Community where Abed describes a visit to the set of Cougar Town where he got to play an extra in the background.
The funny thing is, they actually did that. When Cougar Town’s season finale came out that year, Abed is clearly seen drinking and being Abed-y in the background of a scene:
2. Abed’s background adventures
This is so hard to catch while normally watching the show that I didn’t even see it the first two times around. In “The Psychology of Letting Go,” Abed disappears from most of the episode… sort of. The truth is that he’s in quite a lot of the episode, just in the background (where your eyes normally aren’t focused), and over the course of a few scenes a whole story is played out about him assisting a pregnant student in delivering her child. What’s even better is that this whole background story stems from a setup in the first season during a sex ed-themed episode:
OK, this is sheer brilliance! We all know the movie, we all know what happens when Beetlejuice’s name is said three times. Now consider that Community’s writers set up this joke to pay off after three seasons’ worth of waiting, and be awed (again, watch the background):
4. Community vs. Glee
It’s apparent to anyone who watches Community that the show’s creators are more than disdainful of Glee. The one-sided rivalry against Glee started in the first season and hasn’t let up since:
5. Taking a shot at ‘shippers
Fan ‘shipping is a plague that can and does ruin almost any franchise (in my expert opinion), which is why I fell to the floor laughing when I saw Community take a shot at its own ‘shipping community. Creator Dan Harmon saw an overly sappy video set to the song “Gravity” that tried to establish a simmering romance between Jeff and Annie, so he paid for the rights to use it and then parodied the heck out of it during the flashback episode in season two. It’s so, so choice:
6. Inspector Spacetime
While this parody of Doctor Who only got about 12 seconds of screentime, that was enough for the fans to take the concept and run with it. Run really really far, actually. Like, we’re pretty sure there are more words about Inspector Spacetime on the internet than Doctor Who at this point. It makes me proud to be a geek.