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Cheers & Jeers: Community Makes the Grade

Cheers to Community for avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump.Want more Cheers & Jeers? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!The second season of NBC's under-the-radar sitcom may not be making a Big Bang in the ratings, but you can't deny it's explosively funny. The show has perfected the formula of well-chosen guest stars (Daily Show vets Rob Corddry and John Oliver, alt-comedy god Patton Oswalt, and, yes, Betty White, who's better in small doses like this week's cameo); snappy, pop-reference-rich dialogue; physical shtick from the masterful likes of Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong; and unexpected moments of M*A*S*H/Scrubs-esque sincerity.This week's episode, "The Psychology of Letting Go," worked in meaningful ruminations on life, death and religion as Chase's Pierce refused to accept his mom's demise...

Bruce Fretts

Cheers to Community for avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump.
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The second season of NBC's under-the-radar sitcom may not be making a Big Bang in the ratings, but you can't deny it's explosively funny. The show has perfected the formula of well-chosen guest stars (Daily Show vets Rob Corddry and John Oliver, alt-comedy god Patton Oswalt, and, yes, Betty White, who's better in small doses like this week's cameo); snappy, pop-reference-rich dialogue; physical shtick from the masterful likes of Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong; and unexpected moments of M*A*S*H/Scrubs-esque sincerity.This week's episode, "The Psychology of Letting Go," worked in meaningful ruminations on life, death and religion as Chase's Pierce refused to accept his mom's demise, sparking a debate among his study-group pals, including card-carrying skeptic Jeff (Joel McHale) and deeply devout Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown). Just when the show threatens to get too serious, like with a subplot about raising money for victims of the Gulf spill, an oil-wrestling match breaks out between Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Annie (Alison Brie). And next week's episode, an ambitious spoof of Apollo 13, promises to be out-of-this-world.Do you agree Season 2 of Community is grade-A?

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