I was lucky enough to stumble into the Community world during what is considered by many to be one of the best, maybe the single best, episode of the show. I am referring to Modern Warfare. (I may have seen pieces of episodes before that, I’m not sure.) This episode had everything that I would come to love about the show: the comedy, the satire, the pop-culture references.
Perhaps even more importantly though, I would come to learn that, shockingly enough, this show truly is about a community. All seven people in this group are flawed, and maybe that is why they fit so perfectly. They can fight, bad-mouth each other, and even hurt each other. In the end though, there is a level of acceptance and respect that is truly remarkable. They support each other without making it seem like an after school special.
To me this is best represented by the way they treat Abed. When Abed spent Christmas imagining them all as cartoon figures, the rest of the group went with him to therapy, only to eventually tell the therapist to shove it, because Abed is fine the way he is.