Thursday nights is a great night for television. The weekend is near, although not quite in sight, and it’s time to get over the drama of the week and experience a little funny. Two network shows bring that funny to Thursday nights, The Big Bang Theory and Community, and one is reaching new heights and the other seems to be hitting a stride that most dedicated viewers may have thought not coming this season. The Big Bang Theory showed a much deserving Raj (Kunal Nayyar) finally able to show a woman his true romantic side, our favorite astrophysicist choosing to have his first date with new guest star Kate Micucci playing social anxiety-suffering Lucy in an episode entitled The Contractual Obligation Implementation, the eighteenth episode of the current seventh season, which has proven why this comedy has been a hit. Community, on the other hand, seems to have faltered this season, from an indefinite, then belated season start, the comedy, in it’s fourth season, has seemed to have lost the spark that made it such a cult-like fan favorite, but after the departure of Show Creator Dan Harmon after last season, the show has failed to reach the pinnacle of funny like it’s first few seasons.
An uncertain future for Community may be cemented after their fifth episode, Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations, with series star Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger character finally getting to meet his father, who abandoned him and his mother when he was a child. The father, played by – was an older version of the Jeff Winger we met at the beginning of Season 1, despicable and self-serving. The results were humorous but also lifted your spirits some, McHale’s character finally giving validation to the Gillian Jacobs’ Brita character’s insistence that he work through his father issues. Other highlights of both episodes see the other three nerdy scientists talking to middle school girls, trying to convince them to persue a career in science while our two favorite female scientists, played by Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler play hooky from work the very first time and with their friend Penny, played by the beautiful Kaley Cuoco, head to Disneyland and Princess make-overs.
The ensemble cast of Community also offer us Troy, Abed, Annie, and Pierce (played by comedy veteran Chevy Chase) invited to fellow study group partner Shirley’s house to play go-between at Thanksgiving. In fact, the whole Thanksgiving themed episode is exactly why Community may not last. The season was shot with scripts so that when aired beginning at the normal start time for a series, the shows would broadcast near Halloween or Thanksgiving, the delay of the series start throws of the schedule and gives us Thanksgiving themed sentiment and comedy in March and that’s just not right.