How (Not) To Revive A Show: Arrested Development vs. Community

  • Published on:  9/12/2018
  • In my second attempt at a TV-centric video essay, I attempt to point out the parallels between two of television's most innovative comedies of the past two decades: Arrested Development and Community. Both are highly acclaimed and feature award-winning writing and performances, but they have another, more specific thing in common; they both failed- twice. Which one did a better job handling their attempted rebirth, or did both of them crap the bed their second time around? I offer my two cents.

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    thank for watching! I tried to be a bit more informative and research-based with this video rather than solely opinionated. While I admit this video is less funny than what I usually attempt to put out, my goal was to take a documentary-like approach to the history of two shows I love. Let me know what you think.

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  • why me (Sep 12, 2018)

    drew: writes a clever and thorough 20 minutes video essay everyone in the comments: are you truly greg XD

  • Mischief Managed (Sep 23, 2018)

    +Truly Greg yesyes

  • Casey Gabalis (Sep 13, 2018)

    *wow just @ me next time ok*

  • Eric Sherman (Oct 6, 2018)

    Compare the office vs parks and rec

  • Italian Empire (5 days ago)

    +Sierra K The Office is better

  • kdkseven (6 days ago)

    +Evan Gao - Look at the evolution of the Kevin character. Or the impossibly elaborate pranks. The Office was just as exaggerated and cartoony as Parks and Rec.

  • trees (Sep 21, 2018)

    Will Arnett and Alison Brie in the SAME video??? what is this?! the opposite of a crossover episode???!!

  • loo225 (Mar 3, 2019)


  • King in the North (Feb 7, 2019)

    Heyyy. Aren't you the horse from horsin around?

  • Sergii Tkachenko (Feb 2, 2019)

    I can't believe you didn't go more into the fact that Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown left in season 5: that's what made this season not live to the high of the previous. Chemistry was already changed after Chevy Chase's departure in season 4. And they still managed to pull off incredible episodes like "Meow Meow Beenz". Also, you missed very important remark in Community Finale from Harmon himself: "Viewers may be measured by a secretive, obsolete system based on selected particip...

  • gui (Feb 19, 2019)

    wow, very inteligente

  • Emilio-Vision (Sep 20, 2018)

    That awkward moment when Drew Gooden low key sounds like Ron Howard.

  • Shashwat Salgaocar (Nov 2, 2018)

    Mind blown

  • knife man (Oct 28, 2018)

    Holy shit

  • Snowcial (Sep 12, 2018)

    Drew: it turns out the kid they ordered wasn’t actually from London but was...Me: an alien!Drew:...from Pakistan.Me: Oh...

  • berry baby (Feb 23, 2019)

    Especially when there were shots of an actual alien like the one with the yearbook.

  • ## (Sep 12, 2018)

    I'm a little slow, even when Drew said that I was like "Ok, but when does the alien come in."

  • Hayley (Sep 30, 2018)

    Cool. Cool cool cool.

  • Jordan Davis (Oct 8, 2018)

    I love Community so much

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  • Jack Fitzsimmons (Mar 12, 2019)

    I love The Big Lebowski

  • Nick Branscum (Mar 17, 2019)

    Arrested Development is one of the greatest shows on Netflix and Community is one of the greatest shows on Hulu

  • Luc Robillard (Mar 4, 2019)

    Community is literally my absolute, number 1 favorite show in all of space-time.