If you're one of those viewers who isn't all that gleeful about "Glee," tonight's episode of "Community" should hit all the right notes.
"Regional Holiday Music," airing at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 on NBC, skewers Fox's musical comedy, mocking everything that's wrong with the show from its overdone mash-ups to its obsession with Regionals—whatever those are.
And it is hilarious.
Just like at McKinley High School, no one at Greendale Community College cares for the too-peppy glee club. Thanks to Jeff (Joel McHale), the group’s members suffer a nervous breakdown of sorts. This forces their advisor, Cory Radison—Mr. Rad (Taran Killam from “SNL”)—to recruit the study group to perform in the Christmas pageant.
The study group is less than enthusiastic at first, but they eventually succumb to his charms. One by one, Abed (Danny Pudi), Troy (Donald Glover), Pierce (Chevy Chase), Annie (Alison Brie), Jeff, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) break out in song.
But the biggest difference between “Glee” and this parody is that “Community” creator Dan Harmon has come up with clever, catchy original songs instead of the popular tunes redone for “Glee.” You can watch Troy and Abed rapping in the video below. Annie’s sexy tune aimed at Jeff will have many (male) viewers wanting to help her “understand Christmas.”
And did I mention that Inspector Spacetime makes a return appearance? Yes, Harmon gives the "Doctor Who" Christmas specials a loving jab.
“Regional Holiday Music” proves once again that “Community” is one of the sharpest, geekiest, most tongue-in-cheek comedies on TV. Watching the holiday gift was a bit bittersweet, however, because NBC has yet to announce if the show will continue. The network left “Community” off its mid-season schedule.
“Community” kicks off two hours of special episodes for the NBC comedy line-up, with “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Whitney” all getting into the holiday spirit.