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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  • MrAlfable
    MrAlfable 2 hours ago

    Paget Brewster, Kumal Nanjiani, Jason Mantzoukas, Karate Kid, I could go on, but season 6 Community stands up not as pretty good, but one of the best seasons of the show. JESUS WEPT!! (also, though season 4 is mostly a waste, the body switch episode is still a high water mark for the series)

  • Flora S.
    Flora S. 4 hours ago


  • Po Tatoe
    Po Tatoe 6 hours ago

    the will arnett & ben stiller storyline kept the show alive for me

  • אלה פרידמן
    אלה פרידמן 22 hours ago

    What abaut seinfeld aka the best comedy show ever...

  • Tyson Williams
    Tyson Williams yesterday

    A better comparison might be The Office and Parks and Rec, stylistically kinda similar and made by some of the same people

  • AX System
    AX System yesterday

    *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

  • Bigbig Baboon Balloon

    The real losers are the audiences for not tuning in in place of garbage like tbbt and new girl. Low ratings was what caused the initial demise of both shows.

  • Pheobe JCP Skuncc

    under capitalism quality of content does not determine a show's survive-ability, its marketability does. take some time one day and check out all of the experimental and cool shit the national film board of canada has funded. i dont think we'd have animation today without norman mclaren

  • Pheobe JCP Skuncc

    seinfeld just stopped running three years before this show came out. there was such a huge hole in prime time comedy that i think all of the major studios were trying every new style they could find to fill that hole. and viewers at the time, they just wanted more seinfeld, not seinfeld on pcp and acid (arrested development)
    and then community comes out and its like stoner whippets seinfeld, which again has a niche audience, but i guess a little bit bigger? lol

  • Sandra Smith
    Sandra Smith yesterday

    Arrested development season 4 was great! Season 5.. pretty great so far, can't wait for the second half!

  • PJMack
    PJMack yesterday

    NOPE. And a movie. Aight? AND. A MOVIE. Them's the rules. We dun done it, we're gettin' it! Someday. Sorry.

  • stargazer209
    stargazer209 2 days ago

    I think community also had the problem where many of the actors left the show.

  • Henry Johnson
    Henry Johnson 2 days ago

    Arrested Development Season 4's reedit (Fateful Consequences) was as good as the first 3 seasons. I am frustrated by season 5, but reserving judgement (good or bad) because it isn't done yet (AD is a show that very much needs to be watched a season at a time).
    Community was a great show and suffered much earlier on from the behind the scenes drama that AD is now dealing with because of the Tambor debacle. I myself think Tambor's apology and hopeful addressing of his inappropriate on screen behavior will end the drama (but who knows).
    Either way I will continue to watch AD and any possible future Community movie. I just hope that the whole cast sticks with it (this includes Portia de Rossi from AD, and Chevy Chase and Donald Glover with Community). This looks to have a very slim chance of happening.
    Community and Arrested Development are both great shows that were ahead of their times. I love them both and will watch any new content from either creative group.

  • Tyrese
    Tyrese 2 days ago

    2 of my favorite shows two horrific endings

  • MrBowser
    MrBowser 2 days ago

    Community lost me COMPLETELY. It had nothing of the original magic.
    It got soooo weak and tried so hard

  • Sofia Lesage
    Sofia Lesage 3 days ago

    I wish you'd do British Vs American comedy

  • Sofia Lesage
    Sofia Lesage 3 days ago

    I wish you'd make more videos like this, this is great!

  • Carson Hughes
    Carson Hughes 3 days ago

    half way through watching this I totally forgot that it was made by Drew gooden because of how different it is from his normal content

  • ninja flexxx
    ninja flexxx 3 days ago

    Make a video on It's Always Sunny please!!!

  • Brenna Walczak
    Brenna Walczak 4 days ago

    i love this format drew! good job. sincerely, brenna