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. watch my last attempt at a video essay:"Efficiency in Comedy: The Office vs. Friends"► my appearance on the gus & eddy podcast:► my merch:► my own personal revival:twitter - - - - 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.And remember- the goal for this video is 1 billion likes, so smash that mf'ing like button and see if you can get another 14% of the world's population to do the same!


  • A Simody
    A Simody 11 months ago+1766

    "Virgin nerd guy say smart thing" and "two hot girl do dumb job"
    * hilarity ensues *
    Probably exactly how these shows were presented to their respective networks.

  • Retro Pyro
    Retro Pyro 6 months ago+1326

    If Community had been picked up by Netflix, I think we would have already gotten the ..."and a movie".

  • the apotheosis is upon us
    the apotheosis is upon us 7 months ago+1178

    parks and rec vs brooklyn nine nine (mike schur edition)

  • Katie Moore
    Katie Moore 2 months ago+258

    I love Community so much and it just always felt under-appreciated to me

  • Dayle Beazley
    Dayle Beazley 8 months ago+579

    This video made me watch both Arrested Development and Community and boi, that was the best decision I've made. Thaaaaanks Drew

  • OpathicaNAE
    OpathicaNAE 6 months ago+254

    I didn't even realize this was Drew Gooden until fucking 15 minutes in. Great essay, thanks buddy. I actually really like something different.

  • Spencer Kindra
    Spencer Kindra 4 months ago+269

    "I've made a huge tiny mistake."- Fox's CEO when he realized how popular Arrested Development was.

  • nick da bott
    nick da bott 5 months ago+913

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

  • Julia Marlin
    Julia Marlin 4 months ago+176

    Arrested Development is my favorite comedy show of all time (the original seasons)

  • pH1
    pH1 11 months ago+565

    Ah, Drew, how I look forward to your yearly vids on the Youtubes. It's a lonely platform without you, the sole channel, posting content.

  • Redfoot138
    Redfoot138 5 months ago+51

    I still have self-ascribed Community friends who haven't watched season 6.
    Their loss.

  • milking cow suprise
    milking cow suprise 7 months ago+25

    well... i hope community gets the popularity it deserves... season 6 was actually pretty fantastic... the characters were so fleshed out that I felt like I was saying goodbye to friends when it ended...

  • Ethan Lochridge
    Ethan Lochridge 7 months ago+192

    I downloaded YAHOO screen just for Community

  • AX System
    AX System 8 months ago+454

    Community was one of the greatest TV shows ever made*. I think that orginal producers don't realize the huge mistakes they have take by saying goodbye to Harmon for a season, cancel it and send it to new owners known by *no one with few main characters missing.
    Although the 6th season was pretty good if it's watched by nobody it makes a empty shot of it

  • Mew [Jacob]
    Mew [Jacob] 11 months ago+643

    Drew, that picture of the banana holding the other banana made me really uncomfortable. Please apologize, thank you.

  • Kiean Coba
    Kiean Coba 5 months ago+63

    community and arrested development NEEDED to be revived they were THAT good, its sad it just didnt work out.

  • HipsterBanana
    HipsterBanana 6 months ago+14

    I would say that Community was a slow death with the whole Harman vs. Chevy Chase, the 5th season rushing to fix most loose ends, and losing Donald Glover for the yahoo season. It's unfortunate.

  • Ntombi Nom
    Ntombi Nom 3 months ago+113

    I actually enjoyed every season of Community . I mean when Troy left it was all dead for me but I watched it to the end anyway. It was sad, I mean even Sherlly left which was really just extremely fucking sad but I kept on going because Abed was there to the end. My favourite episode you asked? Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples, season 2 ep 5. It was so meta that I'm still somewhere lost in it. Either way, community will always have a special place in my "heart."
    Troy and Abed in the morning.😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  • Bruno Giambroni
    Bruno Giambroni 4 months ago+20

    Community, 30 Rock, and the Office all on at the same time. Absolutely wild! We had it so good

  • De’De’ Ajavon
    De’De’ Ajavon 11 months ago+477

    i love this essay style format. hearing your take on things is genuinely interesting!!