Community may not have been a commercial success for NBC (or Yahoo) -- it was perpetually on the brink of cancellation -- but the intrepid study group at the heart of the show certainly made a significant impact on the comedy's incredibly loyal fanbase. Created by Dan Harmon (currently of Rick and Morty fame), the show set out to highlight the worth of people that others in society have deemed worthless. In doing so, it appealed to a vast swath of fans who hadn't really been spoken to in a sitcom before the 2009 premiere. Even if the show was a bit inconsistent at times, die-hard fans knew what Community meant to them right out of the gate and were willing to stick with it wherever it went.
The series focuses on a lovable study group of misfits -- including consummate cool guy Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), lovable ditz Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), TV-obsessed Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), precocious genius Annie Edison (Alison Brie), tough-but-firm mother Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown), high school jock Troy Barnes (Donald Glover), and the baffling, bored, former CEO Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase), as they navigate their way through Greendale Community College and generally try to become better people along the way. Episodes run the gamut of funny, shocking, dramatic, and downright strange, making them pretty difficult to compare, let alone rank. But there's a lot of time to kill before Harmon can accommodate fans' rallying cry of "six seasons and a movie," so you might as well bone up on Community's 25 best episodes.