In honor of today being Oct. 19, we’ve taken a look back at some of the greatest moments from the first three seasons of Community.
Disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) joins an ensemble cast of various adults who, for various reasons, are taking classes at their local community college. What started out as a Spanish study group has become a group of friends determined to turn their lives around with each other’s help.
As do other sitcoms, Community teaches valuable lessons to its viewers, particularly those in the college demographic. Here are some of the lessons we’ve taken away from the show:
Class is in session:(l-r) Joel McHale as Jeff, Alison Brie as Annie, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Gillian Jacobs as Britta, Danny Pudi as Abed.
1. It’s never too late for a fresh start.
Jeff is in his mid-thirties, but he’s still planning to finish college, take the LSAT and go to law school (for real this time).
Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) are also in their thirties and in similar predicaments. The majority of their classmates are younger than them, and they admit they’ve made poor decisions in the past, but these three adults aren’t about to give up on their dreams.
If you’re thinking about changing your major, going back to school for a master’s degree or doing a post-baccalaureate program, don’t let fear or your age keep you from pursuing what you love.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
When Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) assigned a 20-page paper for an introductory Spanish class, Jeff went to him during office hours to work out an extra-credit option for himself and his peers, who were struggling to complete the paper on time. Troy (Donald Glover) went to Annie (Alison Brie) for help with his astronomy studying, and working together benefited both of them.
So if you’re struggling to understand the material for one of your classes or having a hard time keeping up with the workload, speak up! Your professor wants to hear from you, and your classmates are probably eager to study with others in the course.
3. Elective classes can be really useful.
Annie suggests that the group all sign up for an introductory anthropology course, but Jeff is reluctant because he wants to graduate as early as possible by taking only required courses.
He and the others wind up enjoying anthropology, though, especially during the class periods when Dr. Ian Duncan (John Oliver) showed YouTube clips.
In other semesters, Jeff and the group take a number of courses that don’t relate directly to their intended career paths, but they always learn something.
Even if you’re double majoring at your school, most colleges and universities have enough leeway that your schedule will allow for at least a few elective courses before graduation. Sign up for something you’ve always wanted to know more about or something that interests you. And with more and more colleges offering odd course options, there are bound to be classes that interest you.
4. Let your true personality show.
After the group discovers a drawing in one of Troy’s textbooks of a figure they thought was Abed (Danny Pudi) (spoiler alert: it wasn’t), they attempt to set him up on a date with the girl who created the drawing.
When they consider Abed’s odd personality traits, the group decides that Abed should act like a different version of himself in order to be more appealing.
But when Abed’s attempts to seduce women through imitations of Don Draper from Mad Men and Jeff himself prove futile, they realize Abed is at his best when he acts like himself. In the end of the episode, a girl from Jeff’s billiards class reveals her interest in Abed, odd qualities and all.
This isn’t to say that you should air all of your dirty laundry — if you’ve still got ‘N Sync or the Spice Girls on your iPod, that’s probably not the best point of discussion for a first date — but you shouldn’t act like a different person just to impress someone, whether it’s a classmate, professor or one of your friends. They’ll eventually figure it out. And no one likes a phony!
5. Life is better with friends around you.
Whether the gang is redefining what “family” means to them during a Christmas special or planning an elaborate heist to stop Chang from taking over Greendale, the one constant in every episode is their friendship.
Jeff does his Spanish presentation with Pierce (Chevy Chase), even though it results in him getting an F on the assignment. Troy stays sober on his 21st birthday to help his friends get home. Abed drinks with Jeff “for the audience” as he helps Jeff mend his friendship with Britta, providing us with a great Breakfast Club homage in the process.
What have your favorite shows taught you? Tell us in the comments.
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