Everyone knows I love The Simpsons. Usually, when talking about it, I tend to focus on the quality of its satiric social commentary. However, there’s another area where it excels which draws me in, too.
The Simpsons invented and perfected the art of both subverting sitcom conventions while generally operating within and even celebrating those conventions. It’s a genius balancing act of ironic innovation and standard storytelling, and they were the best.
Until now. Certainly the reigning champ of satire for at least a decade has been South Park, and now the geek contingent has a new paragon of worshipful TV meta-analysis. It’s Community.
I’ve watched on and off for all three seasons, but it was only in the second half of this last season that I started watching faithfully.
If you haven’t seen the two paintball-themed, spaghetti Western parody episodes that closed season two (“A Fistful of Paintballs,” “For a Few Paintballs More”), you’re missing some of the funniest TV ever made.
But they just got snubbed in the Emmy nominations for the third year in a row.
Here’s a great bit from the credits of the second episode they aired.