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Community vs. 30 Rock

AKIE BERMISS: I was an early adopter of Community. It debuted when I still had cable and I still watched television live. But it was one of the last shows I did that with. Increasingly, as a man pushing thirty, I’ve found new television shows have very little to offer me. I don’t get excited by reality shows — the pseudo-drama just doesn’t do it for me — and, being a professional singer and vocal teacher, I can’t stand shows like American Idol or The Voice. So I was finding myself marginalized more and more by primetime television. Call me old fashioned but I miss the days of primetime half-hour sitcoms followed by hour-long dramas at 10pm. To me, those were the days. I guess I was young and things seemed simpler then. But also, I rather think if I am going to sit down and waste an hour, I’d rather it be scripted material performed by professionals and shot by experienced techies.

CHRIS PUMMER: I think Akie’s comparison of 30 Rock to the dynastic Bulls of Michael Jordan is apt. Because while Community is brilliant, 30 Rock has been at least that brilliant for much longer now. Continue reading

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Community Season Premiere

AKIE BERMISS: Community is definitely the little show that could. Not that anybody knows it yet — but this is one of the best shows on television right now. Don’t ask me to explain why its so good. Don’t ask me how. All I know is, for some reason, I decided to watch the pilot last year and I never looked back.
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Best TV of 2009?

ZOË RICE: A best-of-2009 list for television is bound to be more variable than a best-of movies list. For one, there are just so many more TV shows, and in so many categories. Comedy and drama, yes, but also reality, news, talk shows, variety, and on and on. So while my list would have to include Glee at the top, my neighbor’s might be crowned by Jersey Shore. (I would have to judge him for that. Sorry.) I should not be surprised, then, that I disagree with a good part of the New York Observer’s Best TV of 2009.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Not surprisingly, given the subjectivity of the enterprise Zoë mentions, I disagree with Mr. Rosen and Ms. Rice. But Rosen has it exactly right when he say 2009 was “Mad Men and everything else.” Continue reading

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