I just started getting into this show a few weeks ago after folks in the comment section of Alan Sepinwall’s blog kept relentlessly talking it up.
I’ve now seen about seven episodes cherry picked from the second season. (Their the ones my TiVo has recorded that I have remembered to watch before they vaporise.) And something sticks out to me.
They steal jokes. A LOT.
The first episode I ever saw was the one featuring Megan Mullally as Penny’s mother. The action centers around a boat show and two characters talk about the boat they want to have…named “Yeah, Buoy”. Funny. Funnier when that same boat line was a punch line a year ago on Raising Hope. That left a bad taste in my mouth.
Then just a few moments ago I was reading the article about the show in Entertainment Weekly. That article attributed a joke from Community to the ‘Happy Endings’ scriptwriters, specifically: “Brought to you by the girl yogurt Jamie Lee Curtis uses to poop.”
There are at least a dozen other stolen jokes that I can’t recall off the top of my head. But it’s bad enough to make me wonder if ABC’s comedy division is run by Carlos Mencia. Modern Family is often guilty of the same sin. Then again, so is 30 Rock, and they are on NBC.
I can’t think of a good concluding statement for this post. Excuse me while I go read a bunch of other blogs to find one to steal.