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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  • pH1 (Sep 12, 2018)

    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.

  • Hayley (Sep 30, 2018)

    Cool. Cool cool cool.

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  • TheWeirdistReviewer (Apr 18, 2019)


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

  • Abram Johan (2 days ago)

    1. Office2. Parks and Rec3. Brooklyn 99

  • Jane H (May 6, 2019)

    ​+Hilary NgI definitely agree with the character growth you mentioned. P&R is better at developing plot lines and characters (I mean its so obvious Jake and Amy are going to be a thing, whereas P&R takes you on different turns before main characters settle down with The One). I do think I'd agree that P&R is a better show because I have so many less grievances with it and my main attachment to B99 is with the characters who began to feel like good friends by the end of season 2. I appreciate the though...

  • nick da bott (Mar 17, 2019)

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

  • DakaONER94 (May 3, 2019)

    Community used to be on netflix and it’s definitely one of my most viewed shows’ on the platform

  • Alberto Larios (Apr 20, 2019)

    nick da bott Community is also on Amazon Prime

  • Jordan Davis (Oct 8, 2018)

    I love Community so much

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  • Jack Fitzsimmons (Mar 12, 2019)

    I love The Big Lebowski

  • moolikeachicken (Sep 12, 2018)

    This is a great video, Drew. Congratulations. You did it, sir.

  • Luc Robillard (Mar 4, 2019)

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

  • Connor Taylor (Mar 29, 2019)

    The loss of Shirley Troy and pierce in such quick succession killed the show for me though, it ended up feeling like the cast knew it was over before the writers did

  • Luc Robillard (Mar 27, 2019)

    +Jon Farrow Ooh, Not sure about that. Darkest timeline me probably likes Big Bang Theory.

  • Dayle Beazley (Dec 11, 2018)

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

  • CommandereON (May 2, 2019)

    For much of the success of the Russo Brothers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they got their experience working on both shows.

  • Alex Ander (May 1, 2019)

    which episode would you say you got hooked on AD? i got to episode 8 and said fuck that, boringgg

  • OpathicaNAE (Feb 1, 2019)

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

  • seemsfishy23 (Oct 2, 2018)

    I feel like Alex Hirsch's decision to end Gravity Falls (which, yes, is technically considered a kid's show but is also excellent) after only two seasons is all the more brave and commendable after seeing so many wonderful shows go on for too long and lose steam.

  • Tony Morris (Apr 18, 2019)

    Thing is, both of these shows could have walked a LOT longer without interruptions to their development. I can get a lot more work done if I put 8 straight hours into it than if I do 3, think I'm going home for the day, and then have to come back in 5 hours later and have to do the other 5... You lose the flow.