Community's fifth season even existing is kind of amazing on so many levels. I mean, a low rated sitcom not only got renewed, but it's fired show runner (who had been absent from the fourth season) was rehired. This is the sort of thing that never happens.
But it did.
And it's fantastic.
As I did with season four, I wanted to reserve judgement until we were solidly in the season, but even after only three episodes I think I'm ready to declare Community officially back to its best days. This is the show I fell in love with, this is the show I've been missing. This is the show I kept hoping it would be during the whole fourth season.
I mean to tell you how much I've loved this season so far, I've watched last Thursday's "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" (a send up of David Fincher films and about 90% of the crime dramas on TV) not once, not twice but six times so far.
You read that right: Six times.
The show may have lost Chevy Chase between seasons, but Jonathan Banks is filling his new role quite nicely. John Oliver is back. Ken Jeong's Chang is actually funny again. Sadly Donald Glover will exit in a few more episodes, but I'm glad we've had him as long as we did.
The show is tight, well scripted, and packed with jokes where I can yet again (as hinted previously) return to my ritual of watching each episode multiple times. This is good stuff.
Now we may not make it to "Six Seasons and a Movie," but with season five I've returned to hoping for that goal again.
And it's almost in reach.
(Also, I've had the Ben Fold's penned "Ass Crack Bandit" song from episode 3 going through my head on a loop practically.)