Community Gets Extra-Meta With Cougar Town (VIDEO)

I don't just love Community, I loooooooove Community. And it isn't because of some wacky character, snappy jokes, or a laugh track that tells me what's funny. The NBC hit may live in the shadow of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock, but when it comes to pushing the limits and making TV fun again, it steals the spotlight.

Community's latest example of outside-the-idiot-box thinking can't even be seen on Community; for that, you have to actually watch last night's episode of ABC's Cougar Town. If that doesn't make sense, let's flash back to Episode 19 of Community's second season, in which Abed (Danny Pudi) tells Jeff he had an epiphany while playing an extra on the set of one his favorite shows, Cougar Town.



Now let's flash-forward to last night's Cougar Town.

Holy s***, did we just witness Abed pooping his pants? Some of the details are different—no Courteney Cox, no walking—but there's nothing in this crossover that isn't genius. There was no pre-promotion for it, it's as obvious as it needs to be, and it doesn't dominate the scene. It's just that little extra easter egg for us to find and smile at. (Not to mention the fact that it nicely reciprocated the Cougar Town cameos that appeared in Community's season finale—see the video below.)

It's also a testament to just how much Community creator Dan Harmon is putting his stamp on television. Community's and Cougar Town's season finale crossovers weren't approved by the show's production studios or networks—rival networks, at that. Harmon and Cougar Town showrunner Bill Lawrence just did it, without whispering a word to their bosses (Disney is notoriously protective of its properties). "We didn’t even ask permission," Lawrence told TV Line. "Thankfully, both [production studios] Disney and Sony are places that want to champion what they feel are under-appreciated shows."

I hope this stunt inspires some of TV's other showrunners to go off the page like Harmon and Lawrence did to promote their shows. When fans see things like this, show loyalty increases, word-of-mouth is positive, and everyone comes out looking like a winner. Heck, I may even start watching Cougar Town now.

In case you missed the Community season finale, here's the (really) quick drop-by of Cougar Town's Dan Byrd and Busy Phillips.


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I have to say I'm a HUGE Community fan & even though I attempted to watch Cougar Town in the beginning, it doesn't really make me want to try again even though Bill Lawrence did genius with Scrubs, maybe sometime in the future where there's no Community or other fantastic shows.
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Onion News rules!!!!!!!!
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It has its moments, but come on, a paintball war at a state-funded college???? And the point is????
The show is morphing, and that is not so good!!!!
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That was amazing. Those kind of shout-outs in pop culture make things great. If anyone is a Blizzard fan they can probably relate, considering so much of their games' content is a shout-out to dang near everything.
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well I don't watch Community but Cougar Town is one of my fav. comedies and am glad that they did this, the 2nd season has been so funny.
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It's good that you are watching these two, but make sure you check out The League and Happy Endings too; they are hilarious!
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But Cougar T is just so bad now. 1st season was witty and fun. Now, it has morphed into just ridiculous cr@%! Are 30-40 ish people so whiney and narcissistic/narcotic/neurotic whatever??? I used to like the son, but he needs to grow a pair!!!!
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Even before I saw this article (I didn't even watch the video), Community (and relative critical acclaim) had convinced me to catch up on Cougar Town this summer. I've never seen an episode before, but I can't wait to get into it. PS: Community also inspired me to rent and watch My Dinner With Andre, and I did so today. It's a great movie. I never would have heard about it without Community.
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That was AWESOME.
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House and Colbert did the same thing a while ago. :)
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I watch both shows but i'll openly admit to loving Community more than Cougar Town. Community is just too brilliant, they blow my mind every week with their genius, can't wait for next season!
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Leverage and Psych did something similar last year. Characters on each show mentioned the other show as something they never miss.
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I love Community and this has only increased my love. I don't watch Cougar Town, but I really respect them now. It's nice that 2 shows from 2 different networks can get along so well.
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The Cougar Town shoutout on Community is what made me start watching Community! I'm really thankful for the cross-promotion. I don't think the Community reference will get many of their fans over to CT, since a lot of people seem to hate it on principle or still can't see past the horrible title, but I'm still really proud of both these shows for having fun with each other. They're both great, underrated, overlooked sitcoms.
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Enjoy both shows and enjoyed the crossovers. Abed's was more noticeable and he stole the scene, didn't even notice those two in Community until I was told and went back.
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I loved it. I just started watching Cougar town a couple of weeks ago and all of this just makes me love both shows more!
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I didn't notice the crossover in the Community finale but their cleverness is always delightful. The crossovers are almost as good as "Abed's secret storyline" in the background of episode 3 of season 2.
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That was the first and last minute I will ever watch of Cougar Town.
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This was so awesome. I was gonna be so pissed if the community cameo on cougar town I heard about wasn't Abed.
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This was so cool when I noticed it. I've always hoped this would be done more often. Brennan from Bones could visit CSI. House could be sued for malpractice in The Good Wife. Patrick Jane from The Mentalist could solve a case in Castle. Hank Moody from Californication could by a meth buyer in Breaking Bad. The possibilities are endless. I've thought it would be funny if a big name like Brad Pitt or Cate Blanchett would play a corpse in an episode of CSI or Dexter. They could play themselves being killed. Or they could play a character but the investigators could look at the corpse and go: "Hey, that John Doe looks a lot like Brad Pitt:" And someone else would go: "Nah, I don't see it."
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Community is seriously one of the most ingenious shows on television. Way to go Cougar Town for playing along! That was great.
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I watch both shows, so it was a real treat to see cameos from both sides.
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Not a fan of Cougar Town (if you want me to take it seriously, stop saying its name), but really having Abed as an extra was really cool for both shows.
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I just watched the episode and started laughin so hard when I saw Abed!!! It was one of the top moments of this 2010-2011 TV season for me!!
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I watch both Cougar Town and Community and both shows having the sly cameos made me so happy. A nice treat for fans that support either show that the writers of both shows expand the universes of their shows across networks. That is some genius guerrilla marketing
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OMG, that is the most hilarious thing I've seen in my life! Can't believe that actually aired haha. Loved it when Abed turned his head and just took part without saying a word. Scrubs is probably my favorite show of all time, so I love Bill Lawrence, but I always felt Cougar Town is more for the female demographic. Might have to check it out. But both Bill Lawrence and Dan Harmon seem like these super nice guys, so I'm always rooting for both shows.
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Oh. Your. God!!! That was the best moment of the show! Ok, one of them. I don't watch Cougar Town, but I did last night just to see Teddy Buckland one more time. (Sam Lloyd can do no wrong. He needs to put out a cd of happy songs gone sad. Side note, check out The Blanks) I watched CT last night with some of my loyal Community friends, and it was such a treat! As soon as I saw him, I could smell something swell. Since seeing that bit, I just need to think of Abed looking right at the camera or nodding along to what they were saying to instantly break out in hysterics!
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good ep. liked it
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