As a child, John Bennet had no friends. So when his parents give him a teddy bear for Christmas, he knows he’s found a real friend. He makes a wish for his bear to be real – and it comes true! Ted becomes a worldwide sensation for a short while, but pretty soon, his celebrity wears off and he is just John’s best friend. Skip to thirty years later. Ted and John spend their lives on the couch, smoking bongs. John works to live and has been dating the delightful Lori for three years. He’s stuck in arrested development, and things have to change.
From Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame, you know this is not going to be an exercise in good taste and family fun. It’s crude, there’s lots of swearing and drug use. And it’s really, really funny. Which is a bit of a challenge; I’m not a fan of misogyny or racism, and so there are a couple of scenes which I reckon went a step too far, but that’s what MacFarlane made his name from. Why should I be prepared to accept it? I don’t know. I can’t explain it. It just really made me laugh lots, and sometimes that’s all it takes.
‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend’ was nominated for an Oscar for Music (Original Song)
I didn’t get Community for a few episodes. It was sort of funny, but not hilarious. The characters were quirky, but didn’t grab me and I wondered what the hype was all about. After a few episodes, however, it started to get surreal and absurd, and I fell in love with it.
Set in Greendale Community College (kind of like TAFE, from what I can tell), the show follows a study group made up of seven students of a variety of ages and backgrounds. Each has a role within the group, however challenging these roles and expectations creates some interesting episodes. Plus, there is the post-modern twist from the character Abed who often refers to the scenario which is occurring as an episode.
Got a bit first year arts student there. Sorry. The show is ridiculous and funny, and totally beloved by many. And its got Chevvy Chase, who I cannot recall seeing in anything for about fifteen years, and he’s fantastic. Though unsubstantiated rumour has it that the fourth season will possibly not have Chevvy Chase, and that the show’s creator, Dan Harmon, is not on board. I hope neither of these are true, or the show may have jumped the shark. (Although, as Troy pointed out, in one episode of Happy Days a guy did actually jump a shark and it was awesome)