'Community' takes on 'Law & Order'
April 27th, 2012
09:32 AM ET

'Community' takes on 'Law & Order'

It's not exactly the freshest idea to parody, but "Community's" take on "Law & Order" in Thursday's episode was still pretty hilarious.

When a yam is found smushed in biology class, it is (of course) up to Troy and Abed to track down the suspect. Shirley, having seen many a crime show, sends them off on their way, while Jeff (obviously) and Annie take on the roles of attorneys.

This episode was about the little moments and throwaway lines (not to mention the plentiful "chung-chung!" sounds).

I loved Abed telling Troy, "We can't both do the zinger"; Jeff remarking that Chang's "There's nothing to see here" was actually true;  and Professor Kane's admonition, "Need I remind you, this is not a courtroom!"

More and more, this season seems to be focusing the most on Jeff (and secondarily, Abed). This week, Jeff decided that winning the case was not all there was to it after Annie nailed whom she thought was the suspect. Instead, it turned out that Fat Neil was the culprit.

It seemed like an innocuous, fun episode of "Community," until that phone call for Professor Kane at the very end. It turns out Starburns is dead. Wait, what?

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to this parody like we did with paintball. Jeff, Annie, Troy and Abed fit very well into these roles.

Do you think "Community" got everything right about "Law & Order" this week? Will you miss Starburns? (Still trying to process this, here.) Share your view on video or comment below.

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  1. Godabed

    The people who did not like the show, because it HONORS the creator of L&O Dick Wolf, not only in the End credits, but by displaying his fomula in every aspect while still making it transferable to what Community is as a TV show. Also to point out they Had Two actors form the L&O series on Last Night community show. The Medical examiner from the original L&O series and Michael K. Williams. So to those hyper offended people or L&O and are blasting Community it's obvious, You either didn't Watch Community last night, or haven't seen the original L&O.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. T

    Vastly superior episode and so funny to watch ! They really nailed it with this episode w/ L&O story.
    Long live Community !!!!
    To the writers of COMMUNITY, if you're reading this, I would love to see other shows/movie parodies in future episodes......such as Stargate SG-1, Twilight Zone ('50s version), Indiana Jones Trilogy, Roswell, X-MEN (2000), Smallville, Lois & Clark: NAS, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,Alias, CSI: Miami, N.C.I.S., Justice League Unlimited or the Monkees as a few examples....

    I really loved the twist ending w/ Starburns dying at the end of the episode.
    All Hail Community ! Sixseasonsandamovie !

    April 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. april

    It was a really good episode, I liked the L & O references

    April 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TommyBoy

    Can't wait until they cancel Community. So McHale can quit pimping it every week on The Soup. -TB

    April 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PWA

    Stupid show. "Community" isn't fit to run in L&O's credits. I am glad this dreck in is its last season.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ZBT

    Saw a portion of this, waiting for it to pop online to catch it all, but they absolutely NAILED the look and feel of arguably the most formulaic show on television.


    April 27, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. ReAlLy?!

    GREAT eppisode!! Sad that they killed off Star Burns.. but thats what happens when you make a meth lab in the back of your car! lol

    April 27, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |

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