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Community Rewatching 101

Community Rewatching 101

By Justin Olivetti
A bi-weekly rewatch podcast going through six seasons (and maybe a movie!) of NBC's Community. With your hosts Justin, Heather, Thomas, and Al.
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11 herbs and space experience (S2E4)
Houston, we have some fried chicken! The CR101 crew delights in the out-of-this-world "Basic Rocket Science" (S2E4), where not being in space has never seemed so possible. From Apollo 13 homages to Atari 2600 graphics to space madness, all systems are "go" for this amazing episode. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:10:43
September 22, 2022
Ghost eaters (S2E3)
What do lasers, bees, and lava lamps have in common? Apparently, it's all part of Pierce's incredibly strange and purposefully confusing cult! On today's episode of Community Rewatching 101, the crew tries to unravel the secrets of this cult, face their own mortality, use force fields to shove Chang around, and stand vigil for AbedWatch(tm). It's "The Psychology of Letting Go," Season 2 Episode 3. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:05:01
August 31, 2022
Hand holes and hat clubs (S2E2)
In an episode full of drugs, drinking, and even more drugs, it's caring that ends up being the most deadly substance to Jeff Winger. Join the Community Rewatching 101 crew as they pick apart S2E2's Accounting for Lawyers to see if they can figure out the trick to the hole hand, what the Greendale Hat Club actually does, and why all of our brains are crying.l Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
57:04
August 11, 2022
High on our own drama (S2E1)
With Season 1 in the rearview mirror, the Community Rewatching 101 crew arrives at the second season with great anticipation — even if it arrives with tangled relationships, mugs of urine, and too many Chang puns. It’s an amazing season premiere, with Betty White, Gollum impersonations, and the worst kiss ever. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
55:08
July 27, 2022
Season 1 outtakes and bloopers
Before the CR101 crew heads into season two of Community, there's one thing left to be done with season one -- to check out the bizarre, entertaining, and informative outtakes and bloopers! Learn about alternative takes to scenes and even a controversy or two in this academically acclaimed podcast recording. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
46:49
July 14, 2022
Season one wrap-up
With all 25 episodes of season one finished, the Community Rewatching 101 crew takes a well-deserved respite to evaluate the season as a whole. What were the highs? The lows? The Chang we could believe in? Find out in this tremendous recap! Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:08:57
June 23, 2022
Vngwe Mackadangdang Jr (S1E25)
After a year of episode-by-episode analysis and commentary, the scrappy CR101 crew finally comes to the last entry of Season 1. With character cameos popping out of the woodwork, abrupt developments arising, dalmations dancing, and giant cookies being nibbled, there's a whole lot to talk about in this weird season finale. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
57:55
June 09, 2022
What about Chang? (S1E24)
Community's first season begins to close out by sweeping up a loose end -- Señor Chang. Is Spanish class a played-out plot thread? Was Dan Harmon really that forward-thinking with Troy's mechanical aptitude? Are keytars awesome or awful? All these questions and more will be answered in this outstanding episode of Community Rewatching 101! Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:02:43
May 27, 2022
Paintballs really, really hurt (S1E23)
When the ultimate prize rears its head, the paintballs come flying in this landmark episode of Community. Join Al, Thomas, and Justin for a look back at S1E23's "Modern Warfare" with all of the sordid and frank discussion that TV professors will never tell you. Lurid! Shocking! Painty!
01:22:25
May 12, 2022
Winona Ryder knits! (S1E22)
Never before and perhaps never again will the CR101 crew be so worn down by the sheer battle of linguistic wits found in Season 1's "The Art of Discourse." Is this one of the worst episodes that Community's ever made -- or is its schmitty worse than its bite? Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:00:36
April 21, 2022
Chicken run (S1E21)
It may be toward the end of Season 1, but "Contemporary American Poultry" feels like the starting pistol to the REAL Community that we all know and love. From its unabashed homages to gangster movies to iconic moments like "Streets Ahead" and Troy's very special monkey, this chicken run is going to be unlike any other with the CR101 crew! Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
57:00
April 05, 2022
April Fools Grinches (S1E20)
When a spat of heightened shinanigans hits Greendale's campus, an unlikely buddy cop team-up forms, a frog is murdered in the prime of its life, and a cereal mascot is unfairly referenced. Join the Community Rewatching 101 crew for a look back at S1E20's "Science of Illusion" (even if we STILL don't know what that title means in this context)!
57:26
March 25, 2022
Ghostbursts (S1E19)
As Thomas continues his extended walkabout, the rest of the Community Rewatching 101 crew dines on the delectable season one episode "Beginner Pottery." Which is better -- to take pottery with crazy Jeff or to take sailing with Captain Shirley? Can one episode overdose on excellent guest stars? And is it too soon to make Patrick Swayze jokes? Find out! Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
59:18
March 09, 2022
Switch Hitter (S1E18)
When everyone's family decides to crash the tranquil routine of Greendale, chaos, kisses, and spanking ensues. The Community Rewatching 101 crew discuss S1E18's "Basic Geneaology" -- an episode with some great laughs but pacing and storytelling problems. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:03:29
February 24, 2022
Vampires playing pool (S1E17)
Between guys playing pool in their undies, Abed giving us a version of himself as a vampire, Pierce taking over as leader, discussions of leather pants, a cameo from Bert and Ernie, strategies for wooing, and all the baggles we can eat, the Community Rewatching 101 crew has their hands full with the amazingly excellent Season One episode, "Physical Education." Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:04:42
February 09, 2022
Where's the beef? (S1E16)
Community's first season can't seem to let the Slater-Jeff-Britta love triangle go, but for our money, Communication Studies is most interesting when we're deep into montages, fake Starburns, and ladies pantsuits! Join the CR101 crew this week as they dissect this funny but flimsy outing. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards, Heather’s Twitch channel
01:04:00
January 26, 2022
Community Rewatching 101: Monkeyshines at the Picture Show (S1E15)
The Community Rewatching 101 crew navigate another semi-normal day in the life of Greendale, with a bizarre love triangle, bad movie riffing, and all sorts of waggling eyebrows. Are we elated at the return of Vaughn? What do we think of Troy's wooing technique? And is awkward Britta always the best Britta?
01:01:53
January 12, 2022
Community Rewatching 101: Breakaway clothing
The full foursome is back to tackle Season 1 Episode 14, "Interpretive Dance." Thomas becomes Timmy, Al dances the Cabbage Patch, Heather analyzes relationships, and Justin spends a small fortune on breakaway clothing. Oddly enough, this becomes one of the most criticized episodes of the first season to date!
01:02:31
December 29, 2021
Webisodes feat. Dan Harmon
It's time for a mid-season 1 break for the Community Rewatching 101 gang! Al and Justin kick back with a series of five very early webisodes about the weirdness of Greendale Community College and starring none other than series creator Dan Harmon. It's actually way funnier than you'd think!
44:30
December 15, 2021
Chang can never die (S1E13)
He’s Senor Chang, and he cannot be killed. This is the life lesson imparted to the crew of Community Rewatching 101, who would all love to be as immortal and well-loved as this great Spanish teacher. As they investigate, er, Season 1’s “Investigative Journalism,” the topic of abrupt change in a sitcom environment comes to the forefront. And no, nobody likes Buddy.
58:30
December 01, 2021
We're going to Applebees! (S1E12)
The first Christmas at Greendale is an odd one for both the study group and our Community Rewatching 101 crew. Fights, guilt trips, Winter Doodles, and Forrest Whittaker glares abound -- not to mention an unusual approach to discussing various religions on TV -- as we talk about Episode 12, “Comparative Religion.”
01:02:19
November 18, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Reverse Porky’s (S1E11)
Could it get any more uncomfortable in the room? That’s what the Community Rewatching 101 team will discover as they sit down to have “The Talk” about Season 1’s “The Politics of Human Sexuality.” Fortunately, they have a never-ending supply of U.S. Presidents and Australian Prime Ministers as substitute references for human anatomy.
01:03:24
November 02, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Here's brownies! (S1E10)
The Community Rewatching 101 crew is at full strength as they charge into a manic episode full of dalmations, rats, brownies, Irish folk singers, tigers, handsome hobos, Jack Nicholson, and deep conspiracy theories about what happened to Señor Chang’s wife.
01:06:59
October 19, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Robot debater (S1E9)
With Heather AFK -- to save the world or somesuch -- the boys of Community Rewatching 101 debate the debate episode. Well, Thomas pours through the original script, Al quotes every scene verbatim, and Justin ships Annie and Jeff a little too hard. It’s that kind of show. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
01:05:29
October 06, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Special drink (S1E8)
It may not be the funniest episode of Community ever, but “Home Economics” manages to capture the essential college experience: bad toilets, Polish Pavel, Cop Rock, and terrible jam bands. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
01:02:54
September 21, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Incognito Mode (S1E7)
What’s better than one Halloween party at Greendale? Two parties, a Beastmaster tripping, Urkel going rogue, and Batman swooping in to save the day! The CR101 crew declares “Intro to Statistics” the first true classic episode of Community -- and for good reason. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
01:02:31
September 07, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Stall ball (S1E6)
What truth lurks behind the doors of the women’s restroom? Who is about to emerge from a bush to ruin Jeff’s day? Why did Greendale invent the most terrifying mascot ever? And where is Al? Find out all these and more as the CR101 crew covers “Football, feminism, and you.”
01:05:43
August 25, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Throbbing cosmic wombs (S1E5)
Greendale needs a theme song, Britta's the key subject of the Trial of the Century, Abed may be an alien, and the CR101 crew has no idea how to make sense of any of this weirdness! They'll petition the spirit of Luis Guzmán to lend his aid as they push further into season one. Luis, save us!
54:51
August 11, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Panda pants (S1E4)
Thomas is freezing, Heather is full of stroganoff, and Shirley is on the rise in this episode of Community Rewatching 101! The crew delights in the genuinely fun "Social Psychology," where Abed breaks the Duncan Principle, Jeff bonds with Shirley, and Vaughn takes his shirt off. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
01:00:51
July 27, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Carpe diem! (S1E3)
What does it take to seize the day? After watching "Introduction to Film," the Community Rewatching 101 crew... still has no idea. Apparently it involves falling off of desks, mandatory "I love yous," and paying teenage girls to double dutch. It's another great discussion as Season 1 rattles over some rough patches! Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
56:56
July 13, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: El Tigre Chino (S1E2)
The Community Rewatching 101 crew is back... but where is Heather? As the boys ponder this confounding mystery, they dive into Season 1's "Spanish 101" to talk about the inscrutable presence of Chang, why all protests should feature piñatas, delightfully confusing montages, and whether or not Jeff is Pierce's best friend in the study group. Extra credit: Listen to CR101 on Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Mutant Reviewers, Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
01:05:05
June 29, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: Steve the pencil (S1E1)
Bugs fixed, brains full, and mouths primed to spout off, the Community Rewatching 101 study group heads into their very first episode: Season 1's Pilot! With a whole lot of "pilot weirdness," this episode serves up a great deal of discussion on character introductions, the Battle Study Room, the truth about community college bells, and, of course, Steve the pencil.
58:08
June 15, 2021
Community Rewatching 101: The pilot!
Congratulations -- you've been accepted to Greendale Community College! As part of your orientation, you will need to listen to Community Rewatching 101, a podcast devoted to exploring NBC's Community episode by episode. In this pilot episode, Justin, Heather, Al, and Thomas gather together to get to know each other and what they think of Community as a whole. It's a blast of awkward weirdness as our own study group comes together for the first time! Show notes: Introductions all around! What makes Community so special? Who are our favorite main characters? Who are our favorite minor characters? What are our favorite episodes? The problems with Shirley and Pierce What's the best season? Where's the love for Annie, Abed, and Jeff? Outro ("Starburns Memorial") Extra credit: Follow the CR101 crew on Twitter! Thanks to Thomas Field for our theme song! Other CR101 projects: Thomas Midena YouTube, Battle Bards
45:28
May 27, 2021