There are many reasons I love Community.
The cultural references are great. The sarcasm and wit is biting as hell. It’s everything that I love in Big Bang Theory – but with more gender equity and tighter plots.
But what really, really wins me over with Community is that the characters have a real, powerful emotional core. And just about every episode, out of left field while you’re laughing your ass off, you suddenly find yourself caring about these people. Caring a lot.
All of the cast – all – do an awesome job. But for very specific reasons, there’s one character and actor I want to draw attention to: Abed Nadir, played by Danny Pudi.
Abed has – almost certainly – Asperger’s Syndrome. High-functioning, yes, but Abed relates to the world through story (usually TV and movies). Real life can be… difficult for Abed:
And this is the power of story.
Because this clip – this character – suddenly helped me understand someone with Asperger’s a bit more than any textbook, any case history, or explanation could have alone.
Thanks to the cast, crew, and writers of Community. Thank you for a show that is both hilarious and touching.
And when it comes back this spring, let’s all watch the hell out of this series so they keep making it.