Community. Grade: B+ The first two episodes of the season seemed to be trying to attract a larger audience with broader humor. I didn’t like that. I like the inside jokes. The more esoteric humor. The genre riffs. The stuff that new audiences wouldn’t understand, because f*ck them. If you haven’t climbed aboard the “Community” train by season three, then go back and watch it from the beginning. You’ll be rewarded richly for your efforts. Still, I don’t know how many times this goddamn study group can almost break up only to realize what they love about each other, but if they’re all as good as last night’s episode, I really don’t care.
“It is, and you can’t be.” — Annie
Parks and Recreation. Grade: B There was absolutely nothing wrong with this episode, but it wasn’t their funniest effort. The NPR spoof fell a little flat, and Rob Lowe’s hair continues to befuddle, but anything can be forgiven with a little Bert Macklin.
The Office Grade: B-. I thought last night’s episode was flat compared to the first two of the season, but it did demonstrate why Andy is such a great choice to run Dunder Mifflin. He got over his fear of confrontation and gave a nice, boss-like speech to Daryl. The B-plot involving loading up the paper almost didn’t work, but for Jim’s priceless delivery of “porque es muy rapido.” I feel bad for the actors who played those nameless lottery-winning warehouse characters who have had steady, non-speaking work for years. I guess they’re going to have to get real jobs now.