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Let us sing the praises of Community while we can — an apt sentiment as the NBC cult comedy, and recent TV Guide Magazine "Fan Favorite," airs its last original episode (8/7c) before taking an unwelcome and indefinite hiatus in the new year. Also appropriate since this inspired outing is a splashy musical parody of Glee that, as is Community's wont, becomes a mash-up of genres that goes to some awfully dark and weird places, though always with an effervescent absurdist whimsy. Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam is right at home in this company, playing the perky yet kinda sinister glee club leader "Mr. Rad," who recruits (or is it brainwashes?) the initially reluctant study group to join the club in time for the Christmas pageant — even Pierce, who can't stop grumbling, "What the hell are regionals? They never stop talking about it!" Sample lyric from the first number, all about the notion of "Glee:" "It's the feeling you get when your brain finally lets your heart get in its pants!" It's really no sillier than what goes on most weeks with New Directions, when you think about it. Piece of friendly advice: Record this episode, because you'll likely want to watch it again. And again. Whatever it takes to get us through the next few months until NBC brings the show back.

Stay tuned for a very touching Christmas episode of Parks and Recreation (8:30/7:30c) that finds a suspended-from-work Leslie (Amy Poehler) going so stir crazy she forms a "militant citizen group" action committee to storm City Hall. Back in the office, the goal is to come up with a gift for Leslie that's as personal and thoughtful as the presents she famously doles out every year. Even Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman, in top form) is willing to try something "cute" (a word he has trouble uttering, but you'll be glad he did). The climax of this memorable episode approaches It's a Wonderful Life-level sentimentality, and is just as open-hearted and moving.

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