Many years ago, a friend stated Community was “hands down the funniest show on TV.” After watching about 5 episodes and feeling lukewarm about it, I decided the show wasn’t for me. But a couple of other people I trusted the opinions of ALSO raved about the show. When I’m not invested enough but want to know what the hype’s about, I picked a few episodes from several “Best of” lists and went from there.
And that’s how I fell in love with Community.
Without further ado, I listed 15 episodes (but the top 5 are easily the best) and a funny quote from each that will change your mind if you started the show but couldn’t get into it.
15. Physical Education S1, E17
The group tries to get Abed to change himself so he can ask out a cute girl, and Jeff gets irritated by this and the fact that he’s failing what should be an easy class. Worth watching for Abed’s impressions alone.
Quote: “Why aren’t you in billiards class, Jeff?”
“Because I don’t look good in shorts!”
14. Introduction to Finality S3, E22
Jeff faces off with his old opposing counsel in a court battle, Troy competes to prove he is the One True Repairman, and Abed goes a little crazy from all the stress in the funnest way possible. Watch after “Remedial Chaos Theory” and before “Advanced Introduction to Finality.”
Quote: “No, take him to the police. He killed someone. Take him to jail…you guys are weird.”
13. Advanced Introduction to Finality S4, E13
Many fans call season 4 “the gasleak year,” since it was the one without Dan Harmon, but I dearly love this episode. Best watched after “Remedial Chaos Theory” and “Introduction to Finality” since it is the follow-up. Jeff has enough credits to graduate, and in the midst of all the planning and excitement, the evil versions of the study group appear from the Darkest Timeline. Worth watching for evil Annie who is femme fatale.
Quote: “I may not be good with facial expressions, but I know an evil doppelgänger when I see one. Plus your arm makes a noise every time you move it.”
12. Digital Estate Planning S3, E20
In order to help Pierce collect his inheritance, his friends have to help him beat a video game. Most of the episode is pixelated and the theme song is in midi form. Even a non-gamer can appreciate this episode.
Quote: “Wow, Britta won, and I lost my pants to a pair of nines.”
11. Communication Studies S1, E16
This should actually be a spot for the Meow Meow Beenz episode due to its social commentary, but I’m going with heart instead. When Britta leaves Jeff a drunk dial voicemail on Valentine’s Day, Jeff takes Abed’s advice to get drunk and leaving HER a voicemail to bring balance back to their friendship. There’s also a Breakfast Club vibe, and Abed gets to play half therapist, half “pop culture” enthusiast.
Quote: “Jeff, do you like Britta?”
“Sure, who doesn’t?”
“Over half the people who meet her.”
10. Modern Warfare S1, E23
The group complains of increasing sexual tension between two of its members. Along with the rest of the school, the group competes in a paintball game in order to win priority class registration. This one is Star Wars themed.
Quote: “Please don’t tell me you had sex with me to win at paintball.”
“No, I had sex with you, and now I’m gonna win at paintball. Don’t be gross.”
9. Intro to Political Science S2, E17
A student body election turns people against each other when Annie runs for president, and Jeff runs against her to prove how stupid elections are. Troy and Abed cover the event on a student news channel.
Quote: “You gotta ask yourself, Abed. What’s up with politics?”
8. Documentary Filmmaking: Redux S3, E8
For this tribute to the documentary, Heart of Darkness about the filming of Apocalypse Now! you don’t have to see the original doc to get the premise. Dean Pelton goes overboard and loses his mind while making a new commercial for Greendale Community College.
Quote: “I’m always willing to go the extra mile to avoid doing something.”
“Like sex with women.”
“Shut up, Leonard. You smell like Mentho Lyptus.”
7. Mixology Certification S2, E10
Troy turns 21, and the study group takes him out to a bar. Shenanigans ensue. This episode plays to everyone’s weaknesses without losing humor.
Quote: “Hello during a random dessert, the month and day of which coincide numerically from your expulsion from a uterus.”
6. Paradigms of Human Memory S2, E21
The study group fondly looks back on their memories from the school year with flashbacks to never-before-seen moments. Unbelievable secrets are revealed and epiphanies emerge.
Quote: *Troy rides in on an ATV* “Good news, guys! I spent all my money.”
“Troy, you can’t bring that in here!”
“Yes, I can! It’s all terrain, dummy!”
5. Intro to Statistics S1, E7
I LOVE this holiday, but even if I didn’t, the Halloween episodes are hilarious and a safe bet when you’re not sure which episodes to pick. Jeff tries to seduce his statistics teacher, and Pierce has a bad drug trip. This has to be my second favorite Halloween episode of the show and hands down one of my favorite Halloween episodes from any show in general. Watching Jeff try different tactics to win over Professor Slater while his friends ruin his game by pleading him for help just warms my cold, witches’ brew of a heart. I dare you to walk away without feeling touched by this one.
Quote: “Those floating Mexican skeletons were right. My life is over!”
“Well, when we go to floating skeletons with our problems, we get what we pay for, don’t we?”
3. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons S2, E14
This episode balances amusement with seriousness when the gang takes a depressed kid, Fat Neil, and play Dungeons & Dragons to cheer him up. One of the best episodes I’ve seen a show do to talk about mental health and bullying.
Quote: “I want to know why these goblins are attacking us. Maybe the woods are their rightful land, and from their perspective–”
“–You’re the AT&T of people.”
2. Epidemiology S2, E6
This was the episode I fell in love with Community, and hands down my favorite Halloween episode of any show of all time. In a nod to every awesome monster movie and also Alien, there is a zombie outbreak while the Dean’s playlist blasts Abba in the background. Both season one and two Halloween episodes made the top 5.
Quote: “YOU PUNCHED A LADY BEE!”
1. Remedial Chaos Theory S3, E3
When Jeff rolls a dice to see who will get the pizza at Troy & Abed’s housewarming party, he opens parallel realities for potential timelines. This is by far, the best episode of the show, and should be saved for when you’re officially addicted to this show.
Quote: “I made that in Photoshop so you’d keep tonight open on your calendar.”
“So there’s no such thing as Single Malt Platinum Boobs & Billiards Club? …I guess I never said it out loud.”
My honorable mentions got ridiculously long so I had to cut it. I may go back and include it. MAYBE.