Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Reasons Why We Loved Thursday’s COMMUNITY, FRINGE, 30 ROCK, THE OFFICE and VAMPIRE DIARIES

As if creator Dan Harmon and Co. reached into our brain only to discover two of the things that make us happiest — chicken fingers (Yes we have our local Popeye’s on speed dial, what’s it to you?) and the movie Goodfellas (A movie that we’ve lost count of how many times we’ve seen as a result of our inability to turn it off anytime we accidentally come across it on AMC, which if you know AMC is pretty much every-other-weekend!) —last night’s hilarious instalment of COMMUNITY felt as if it was written directly for us. Seriously. How the writers are going to be able to top the unmitigated hilarity that occurred when Abed and his Glendale Community College cronies decided to commandeer the cafeteria’s supply of chicken fingers in exchange for oddball favours that netted Pierce a possé, Shirley a boy-toy, Britta a hairdresser, Annie a backpack and Troy a monkey named “Annie’s Boobs” (Trust us, you have to see it!) we’ll never know. Unless of course next week’s episode revolves around Mozzarella Cheese Sticks and The Shawshank Redemption. We’re just sayin’

With a heartbreaking [and surely-to-be-ignored-by-Emmy-Voters] performance that had Peter Bishop finally realizing what audiences have known for almost a year now — that he is not of this world — Josh Jackson just made up for two seasons of being one of the most inexplicably passive and curiously under-utilized leading men in a dramatic series to have above title credit. Big time. Now the only question that remains (well, aside of course from where Peter went and whether or not he’ll ever be able to forgive Walter) is who on earth Mr. Secretary is! Our theory: One helluva angry Walter-nate intent on making our universe pay for Walter’s mistake(s). What’s yours?

If Ben Silverman thought Hollywood would quickly forget the fact that his short-lived tenure at the head of NBC transformed the once-proud Peacock Network from first to worst, we’ve got some bad news for him in the form of this hilarious blink-and-you’ll miss clip that had Pete explaining to Liz that the only reason THE GIRLY SHOW ever got on the air to begin with was as a mea culpa for NBC’s BITCH HUNTER starring Will Ferrell and produced by none other than… you guessed it… Ben Silverman. Yes Ben Silverman, hang your head in shame. [See Clip]

Despite an inconsistent season that often has us debating whether or not it’s time to change paper suppliers, one thing we have to give THE OFFICE full-credit for is Erin. Actress Ellie Kemper, who last night was front and center as Dunder Mifflin Sabre celebrated “Secretary’s Day” was a stroke of genius only equalled to that of Dwight’s description of SESAME STREET (“Is that the program where puppets live in the barrio?”) Not only has her addition opened up numerous new avenues for storytelling, her extended stay as Pam’s replacement has sparked a whole new slew of interesting character dynamics (see: Erin and Andy, Erin and Michael). Here’s hoping a certain fellow aging comedy (cough*cough*HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER*cough) is taking note.

You can put away those “Team Damon” and “Team Stefan” t-shirts, because after last night’s episode, we’re firmly planted on “Team Williamson/Plec!” The talented VAMPIRE DIARIES showrunners who not only continue to astound by juggling multiple story-lines, every-changing allegiances, and ridiculously awesome guest stars (How David Anders does not have his own show we’ll never know!) on a weekly basis. But inexplicably manage to end each episode with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that has us counting down the days to next Thursday.

  • Nick

    VD was astounding, as usual. But next week is not to be missed: we learn WHO turned the boys into vamps….and I'm guessing there's a jaw-dropping surprise coming.

  • The office was entertaining, but it annoyed me to no end how Michael acted toward Erin. It was completely inconsistent with what we've seen throughout the rest of the season. They hit it off when they bonded on “Scott's Tots” and now suddenly Michael doesn't want to have anything to do with her? I thought that was an utter fail, no matter how well Kemper played the part (and she did do it well).

  • Raked,
    Great point and something I agree with. That said, I still enjoyed the episode.

  • It was actually really nice to see the episode about some of the surrounding castmates, instead of just Jim, Pam, and Dwight. Definitely entertaining and a good change of pace.

  • chels725

    I loved last night's Community. I think it's easily the best comedy on tv. I have it on good authority that next week's episode features a huge food fight.

    The Office was back to its greatness last night (probably because Mindy Kaling wrote the episode & she's awesome). Ellie Kemper should at least get an Emmy nod for the season. She was freaking amazing. Her scenes with Steve Carell were awesome. Them two have a great dynamic on the show. Can't wait to see what comes next from Erin.

  • Ace

    Does anyone else feel like The Vampire Diaries has gone through 2 seasons worth of material in such a short period? I'm not complaining, but I fear that they will run out of steam at some point.

    Loved Fringe. As usual.

  • Ace,
    If it were just Kevin Williamson writing alone, I would be concerned that VD is going way too fast, but since Julie Plec (KYLE XY) is involved, I feel as though they have a plan and she's responsibly keeping Kevin from burning out.

  • Josh_Ca

    did anyone else notice that the girl Stefan bit is the girlfriend from cougar town?

  • sonyalennium

    How can you mention Thursday nights without talking about Supernatural? TV Addict, you dissapoint me.

  • Community? Lol
    The reason why Thursday is awesome is S-U-P-E-R-N-A-T-U-R-A-L. My show has an character named after it's airing day Castiel – the angel of Thursday. What does your shows have?