COMMUNITY CAST: ACTUAL PERFECT (GREENDALE) HUMAN BEINGS.
Is Community a Postmodern Masterpiece?
Here’s an idea: Community is a postmodern masterpiece. Though the TV show Community has never achieved huge ratings, it has a passionate cult following, including us here at Idea Channel. The show plays with genre and narrative in such a creative way that it brings to mind the cultural and artistic theory of Postmodernism. Previous TV series have been self-referential and culturally reflective, but none so successfully as Community. The show flips traditional expectations so consistently that it questions their importance in the first place. And it has brought the word “meta” into the cultural vernacular, to boot.
This video from PBS Ideas is getting a bit of buzz and my video on real person shipping is randomly promoted at the end so that’s a cool thing
But the video subject itself is incredibly interesting!
IDEA CHANNEL IS SO GOOD!
In the first few seconds of Communication Studies (S01E16), Professor Slater, during a conversation with Jeff, mocks on Britta’s name, saying Beetlejuice. In Cooperative Calligraphy (S02E08), when Troy asks Jeff what’s his underwear made of, he answers that they’re an “organic soy-cotton blend” and Britta quickly quips, saying that he usually wears “stripey turquoise Beetlejuice numbers” underwear. On the 1988 movie, if you say Beetlejuice three times, the ghost manifests. During season 3 production, Megan Ganz noticed that the word had been said on the show 2 times and warned Dan Harmon about it, which led them to add the word once more in Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps (S03E05). Once Annie says the word, you can see a guy dressed as Beetlejuice walking in the background.
guys, you don’t get it, this is televison