Alison Brie: “Community” is considered “very edgy” these days

“I think a lot of the writing was going in the direction of a network comedy,” Brie said.

Alison Brie looks back on the NBC era of the beloved “sitcom.”

The “Somebody I Used to Know” writer and star shared that she re-watched “Community” when the Dan Harmon-created series was on Netflix during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Emmy-winning “Community” ran from 2009 to 2014 on NBC, with its final season airing on Yahoo! The screen in 2015.

“It’s holding up,” Brie said on the “We Might Be Drunk” podcast (below). “I recently re-watched some because I like to watch my own work. No! It came on Netflix during COVID and I just re-watched a bunch of it and loved it.”

Brie added: “It’s also very fast-paced. I think most of the writing touched on a network comedy, like some good cheerleading.

The “Spin Me Round” actress recalled the “dream” era when Must See TV aired alongside the NBC comedy back in the day.

“We were in this block. It was ‘The Office,’ ’30 Rock,’ ‘Parks and Rec,’ and whatnot,” Brie said. “This has been the dream for three years, or however long this block is. He was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome.’

Brie will reprise her role in the film version of “Community” alongside Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong in the fan-driven #SixSeasonsandaMovie campaign. Former co-stars Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown and Chevy Chase were not included in the film’s cast in the September 2022 announcement. Series creator Harmon noted that it may not be “legitimate” for Chase to return amid multiple toxic workplace allegations.

Brie recently held a mini “Community” reunion with Pudi for the rom-com “Somebody I Used to Know,” which is available to stream on Prime Video starting Feb. 10.

In addition to re-watching “Community,” Brie revealed that she’s been devouring “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Sex and the City,” both on HBO Max, with “edgy” humor and commentary.

“I the powerful She’s a ‘Sex and the City’ fan,” Brie shared. “The movies went wrong. I looked at all the reboots. I’m looking forward to season 2, but it’s not quite the same. I still love going back and watching the old original episodes. Not all of them age well, but what I find amazing about it is that in one of the monologues, the show would have the cheesiest line that doesn’t update well, followed by a really prescient (statement). Nothing but love for the show.”


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