Danny Pudi’s Favorite “Community” Christmas Special

It’s holiday party season, which on TV also means it’s holiday special season. This time of year writers take a break from the usual workplace debauchery or procedural drama to offer viewers something more heartfelt, maybe even cheesy, with a healthy sprinkling of twinkling lights.

Perhaps no recent show has struck that balance of lard and pathos as memorable as Community, the comedy series that aired on NBC and Yahoo! Screen.

Danny Pudi, the actor who played Abed, appreciated the show’s unconventional approach to typical holiday dishes – especially given that for him the holiday season is as much a reminder of the loved ones who aren’t in our lives as it is of the ones who are. Mister. Pudi had no relationship with his father as a child – they reunited after Mr Pudi’s own children were born before his father’s death in 2018 – and he felt that absence very strongly over the holidays. So the sitcom’s approach resonated with him.

“With those episodes, there was this push-pull between comedy and just big ol’ heart,” Mr. Pudi said. “There was always this underlying sadness.”

This is particularly evident in the season 2 special, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas. Abed is traumatized by his mother’s rejection. 9 visit where they would watch the television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (also a personal favorite of Mr. Pudi). As a result, Abed begins seeing the world in the film’s stop-motion style. It’s a psychological defense mechanism that his character often exhibits and that relates more to fiction than real people.

Abed breaks free from his imagination at the end of the episode and gets away with some “community” style wisdom: “The meaning of Christmas is the idea that Christmas has meaning. And it can mean whatever we want.”

The show’s other Christmas specials — “Comparative Religion” (Season 1), “Regional Holiday Music” (Season 3), and “Intro to Knots” (Season 4) — are lighter in tone but convey a similar theme. My personal favorite is the season one special, which ends with Abed and fellow student Jeff (Joel McHale) singing a “community” version of a traditional Christmas carol while decorating Troy (Donald Glover) with ornaments and tinsel.

Mister. Pudi noted that the show’s closing credits scenes, which often highlighted Troy and Abed’s quirky humor, regularly elicited roars of laughter on set once the cameras stopped. This time, however, Mr Pudi said the mood was different: “Donald mentioned that he remembered we didn’t laugh afterwards because it was really sweet and real.”

The scene encapsulates the show’s Christmas philosophy: The holidays are complicated, but friendship can get us through.

With that in mind, here are some more classic holiday episodes to check out this season.

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