7 shows as “Community”

by Dan Harmon Community was, in a word, brilliant. Premiering in September 2009 on NBC, the swashbuckling series about an endearing group of community college misfits has amassed a passionate fanbase by producing a series of innovative and groundbreaking episodes – “Modern Warfare ‘, ‘Cooperative Calligraphy’, ‘Advanced Dungeons & Dragons’, ‘Critical Film Studies’, to name a few – which are among the most daring episodes in the history of modern television. The collection of talent, both on and off screen, remains unmatched as the majority of actors, writers and directors involved in the series would go on to produce a host of successful projects (Marvel films, Atlanta, rick and morty, Fast and Furious movies, This is America, mythical quest) that would help shape the zeitgeist.

There will never be another Community, but at Decider, we can help point you in the direction of a few shows similar to NBC’s beloved classic. We’ve tried to create an eclectic list of programs, so a number of obvious fan favorites – Arrested development, new girl, the Mick, you’re the worst — aren’t on the list, but they’re obviously worth watching (or revisiting).

be excited, Community Fans! Here are seven shows that are sure to fill that Community-fit holiday in your mailing schedule.

“Mythic Quest”

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mythical quest might just be the best show you don’t watch. Unless of course you are look at him. In that case…good job! You have exquisite taste!

Created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and former Community scribe Megan Ganz, this incisive Apple TV+ show centers on a dysfunctional video game studio that created a popular role-playing game called Mythic Quest. The exceptionally well-written series not only produced one of the best bottle episodes since “Cooperative Calligraphy,” but it also stars Danny Pudi as a character who gives off a ton of Jeff Winger swagger.

look mythical quest on AppleTV+

‘Happy Endings’

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The most obvious resemblance between Community and happy endings is joke writing. Both shows were adept at crafting great banter that was often steeped in top notch pop culture references.

happy endings ostensibly centered on a group of six endearing weirdos forced to reevaluate their group of friends after Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) leaves Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the altar. While the show didn’t entirely abandon this premise, it didn’t emphasize they will/don’t want everything and instead embraced the cast’s unique comedic charms. just like Community, happy endings had the gift of exceptional melting chemistry. Both shows created strong characters with distinct personalities and let them go wild as simple joke setups regularly received multiple punchlines at breakneck speed.

In short: if you thought Community was funny, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud happy endings.

Where to stream happy endings

‘AP Bio’

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Few shows could match the swagger of Communitybut Mike O’Brien’s underrated Peacock comedy AP Organic came damn close.

Community was nominally a suspended lawyer doing the bare minimum to get his law degree. AP Organic was technically about a disgraced Harvard professor trying to escape Toledo and return to the good life. But at their core, both shows were actually about a group of eccentrics coming together to form a makeshift family. Jeff Winger was a jerk who became a better person through the healing magic of friendship; Jack Griffin was a vengeful misanthrope who began to improve once he embraced his working family. Peas, pods, etc.

If you’re looking for a show that deftly blends quirky comedy with stealthy sentimentality, you’ll love it. AP Organic.

Flux AP Organic on Peacock

‘News radio’

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NewsRadio walked so watch as Community, development stoppedand Scrubs could run. With an all-star cast that included Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney and the legendary Phil Hartman, Paul Simms’ innovative workplace comedy managed to stay on the air for five seasons, despite a very obvious uproar and very public between Simms and the network. Sound familiar?

Say that NewsRadio was ahead of its time would be an understatement. Despite critical acclaim, the series never received the respect befitting its brilliance. Unfortunately, the series is not easily streamable, but seasons 1-3 are currently available on Pluto TV and seasons 3 and 4 are now on Crackle.

Where to stream NewsRadio

‘Scrubs’

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Few shows have oscillated between wacky antics and heartfelt emotional moments with more fluidity than the masterpiece that was Scrubs. From bits on “Floating Head Doctor” to a variety of episodes that painstakingly dealt with the harrowing realities of working in the medical field, Bill Lawrence’s lauded workplace comedy doesn’t have the exact same tone as Communitybut if you like one, you’ll probably like the other.

Where to stream Scrubs

“It’s always sunny in Philadelphia”

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It’s always a good time to embark on a Philadelphia is always sunny meet again. After recently discovering The Always Sunny Podcast, I started watching old episodes and man oh man was that a good decision. just like Scrubsthe Sunny/Community comparison is not apples to apples, but if you like the maniacal absurdity of Communityyou will be well amused by these crazy people of Paddy’s Pub.

Where to stream The weather is always good

“Rick and Morty”

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You can’t legally write a ‘shows like Community” list without including rick and morty. Seriously. If you even try, they’ll throw you in jail. No questions asked.

Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the adoringly beloved anime series is as beloved as it gets. From Emmys to creating gravy-inspired mayhem, the series continues to craft wonderfully weird and highly re-watchable episodes that Community fans can’t seem to get enough.

Now hurry up and release Season 6!

Where to stream rick and morty

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