That's right, the wait is over, Community fans! NBC's fan favorite is back this Thursday (8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. Central) with its brand new, fourth season. That means more of The Soup's sexy Joel McHale (Jeff)! More Troy (Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino) and Abed (Danny Pudi)! More Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown)! More Senor Chang (The Hangover's Ken Jeong) and Annie (Mad Men's Alison Brie)! And, to a lesser extent, more Pierce (Chevy Chase in his final episodes.)
Season four brings more excuses for Dean Pelton (Oscar winner Jim Rash) to dress in drag and for Chang to be devious. Pop culture references will be tossed around like a wild salad, and the show will continue to break the fourth wall in its consistent meta-humor references. There will be more crazy costumes and profound Troy realizations. Shirley will love God while baking bread, while Jeff and Pierce bond over sexy women. If you weren't a fan of The Ring, though, Britta's "Samara" portrayal may freak you out, especially if you weren't tough enough for Scary Movie 3.
For those not in the know, Dan Harmon's Community premiered in 2009 and has been saved from the chopping block by fans smart enough to recognize when a good show is cut off at the knees before its time (Arrested Development, also directed by Community's Joe and Anthony Russo).
Community follows a group of community college students who form a study group at their school (the fictional Greendale Community College, supposedly located in Colorado). They are lead by Jeff, a smart-talking lawyer seeking to earn his career back after the bar voided his license due to an unacceptable education program. At first, Jeff wants to charge ahead, forgoing any personal connections for the ability to get back to work, but the study group proves to be too lovable to ignore and eventually, they all become a misfit family à la The Breakfast Club.
In much the same way that anyone who watches Empire Records would want to work there, anyone who watches Community would want to attend classes here. Some teachers are sexy (Professor Slater), some students not so much (Leonard). There are enough crazy parties and events to keep you from your studies, and plenty of chances to pick on the Dean. It's hard to imagine that anyone ever gets any actual work done on the Greendale campus, but then, the most important things you can learn in college aren't found in a book anyway.