Yes, it’s official. Community is for freaks and geeks and nerds. BBT is about freaks and geeks and nerds.
And that’s a damn big difference.
We laugh with Abed. We laugh at Sheldon. The essential social misfit nature of all of Community is accepted, or even celebrated. (This can’t be good – he’s dressed as himself!) In BBT, playing D&D on Saturday or going to a comic convention is seen as something worthy of being mocked.
Community knows what the score is – hence, Abed’s “happy place” sitcom in History 101.
If you’re a freak, geek, nerd, or other outcast, welcome!
I’ll laugh with you. Not at you.