Three Network Sitcoms Used The Exact Same Hacky Halloween Joke Last Night And There's Still No New "Community"
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Three Network Sitcoms Used The Exact Same Hacky Halloween Joke Last Night And There's Still No New "Community"

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | October 25, 2012 | Comments ()


The new "Community" may never live up to the Harmon-era episodes, but surely it's got to be better than most of the sitcoms airing right now. Sure, creating a fresh Halloween sitcom plot can be challenging...I guess. Unless, of course, you're "Happy Endings."

Anyway, most folks likely won't notice that the same plot was trotted out on three different shows last night because no one watches "Animal Practice" anymore and I'm pretty sure no one ever watched "The Neighbors" to begin with. Regardless, I heard this "bro, when you said we should dress as ______ and _____, I thought that meant I should be _________" joke three times last night. THREE TIMES. And someone will pay. (Probably my DVR.)

Tyler Labine and Bobby Lee as The Lone Ranger -- "Animal Practice"
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Parker Young and Maestro Harrell as Fred -- "Suburgatory"
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Tim Jo and Cara Mamet as Sexy Nurses -- "Neighbors" (I only know this from commercials because even my DVR has standards.)

On top of all that, as you can see from the header, "Animal Practice" had June Diane Raphael dressed as Justin Kirk's character to irk him and, oh yeah, over on "Suburgatory" Alan Tudyk did the same to Jeremy Sisto's character.

What's my point here? My point is BRING BACK "COMMUNITY." BRING IT BACK RIGHT NOW.

..oh and P.S., Jane Levy makes an adorable Daphne.

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  • Professor Marsupial

    ABC had a run of allusions running through (at least) two of their back-to-back shows last night: Modern Family & Suburgatory. In MF, Manny goes T-or-Ting dressed as Gene Kelly; his two friends go as a devil and a (Anaheim) Angel. And yes, he has a moral dilemma -- can you guess how that appeared to him?

    Then, on the possibly best episode of Suburgatory EVAR, Tessa dresses as Daphne, which is great, but she tries to protect a woman who is thought of as a witch. The residents of ChatsWin do not take kindly to this, and organize to run after them: Olympic torch-bearers first, American Gothic family right behind. Yes: Torches and Pitchforks!

    Not bad. Didn't take a long time to figure out ("Oh, look, Angel, it.) but it was a moment that showed they at least THOUGHT about the scripts.

  • Suggestion for an SRL (though maybe it's been done before): best TV Halloween costumes.

    I'd nominate Ross Geller as "Spudnik".

  • annoneeeemouse

    Neighbors is funny. It really is.

  • Snath

    I was trying to figure out where I recognized June Diane Raphael, so I checked IMDB. Turns out it was from Year One, and now I'm sad for myself.

  • John G.

    Speaking of June Diane Raphael, I hope everyone has been checking out her podcast she does with Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas. They watch crazy movies and then rip them apart hilariously.

  • Frank

    Ah, Daphne...

    My first red-head crush :)

  • Guest

    One night, long long ago, both Codco and Kids in the Hall (back-to-back CBC sketch comedies during original airing) featured the "guess I'll eat some worms" song. Having never heard it until that evening, and being rather naive about production gags, the coincidence struck me as a major freak.

  • Slash

    I guess I'm a hack then, I kinda liked it (on Suburgatory).

  • Blake

    Me too...I love Suburgatory, LOVE IT. And their Halloween episode last year was terrific as well.

  • BAM

    "Modern Family" had a related storyline in regards to Cam and his weight loss issues.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    South Park's Halloween episode was brilliant. Hopefully some people who watched it that planned to be Gangam Style for Halloween will decide against it now.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Unless it's Ken Jeong. I figure Community can't resist doing "Changnam Style".

  • lowercase_ryan

    I kiiiiiiiiind of wanted to be the creepy hip-thrusting dude from the Gangam style elevator. No good?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    "Happy Endings" is the only real competition for "Community" when it comes to Halloween episodes, though even Baby Max can't compete with Batman Abed.

  • dizzylucy

    The Halloween episode where Pierce dressed as the Beastmaster and Abed was Batman was when I first really fell in love with Community.

    What's sadder is 2 of those 3 are on the same network. Isn't there someone in charge of sitcoms who might have noticed two of their shows airing on the same night were using the same joke?

  • Blake

    Last nights episode of Suburgatoy was terrific, as is the show in general and it is seriously under appreciated by the Pajiba folk. Jeremy Sisto as "Ken / Noah" was pretty funny, but they did over do it a bit in the scene at the bar with Alan Tudyk at the country club.

    Jane Levy as Daphne, what more could you ask for?

  • Kenny G.

    I Love Suburgatory...and Jane Levy would be adorable as any character from Scooby Doo.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I will never tire of Max and his little baby arms.

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