Why the Last Two Minutes of Community Are the Best Part of the Show

While there will always be talk on Community about the “will they or won’t they?” chemistry between Brita and Jeff, Annie and Jeff, or hell, anyone and Jeff, the creators need not worry—they have all the chemistry they need with Troy and Abed. Most episodes of Community, when not overly focused on Jeff’s love life, are pretty funny, but they’re nothing compared to the brilliance of the Troy and Abed bits that play as the credits roll. Part of this is due to logistics: The show is 22 minutes long, must appeal to an enormous segment of the population, and has to worry about things like character development and punchy jokes. The end credits, however, are anywhere from thirty seconds to 1:30 long, and in Troy and Abed’s World, there are no rules.

Troy and Abed are obviously pals on the show, and their plotlines often overlap, but more than any other duo on Community, you can believe that their characters actually like hanging out together. (Last night's Animal House episode offered a fine example of this, as the pair set out to fulfill Abed's "bucket list" of classic college experiences). Not because they’re so alike, but because they’re both loopy in the exact same way. Their bits remind me of the summer between middle school and high school, when my friends and I, bored out of our minds, created an entire television network for homeless people. We filmed TV shows, commercials, a shopping show, and news broadcasts. If those tapes ever surface, I imagine they'll hold a poor imitation of what Troy and Abed do every week: genuinely entertain themselves. They crunk, they recreate movies, they have their own morning talk show, they even imitate Bert and effing Ernie. They do it all as Troy and Abed, and it’s all believable.

It all started, as you may recall, with the Spanish Rap clip at the end of the second episode, which was perhaps filmed as a DVD or Internet extra and tacked onto the end of the show when it ran a few seconds short. The bit was clearly never part of the script, but rather a product of two characters with time on their hands, and it was hilarious. The response was so enormous that since then, there’s been a Troy and Abed bit at the end of every episode. They take the show from being about people who exist in a semi-real world and turn it into a show where real people do funny things that don’t advance the plot in the slightest. Just like our friends. Their bits are the “Royale with Cheese” conversation of the sitcom world, and I love them for it.

As long as Troy and Abed keep filming themselves goofing off, I’ll keep telling my DVR to record an extra three or four minutes at the end of each episode so I never miss it.

Which Troy and Abed bit has been your favorite so far?

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Biblioteca was awesome.
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I couldn't agree more with this article! Not sure why, but I really liked the double escalator bit, and the high five!
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Love the tags! My favorite was "Troy and Abed in the Morning!" I've watched the clip over and over. There was one tag without Troy and Abed. It was Senor Chang in his gym's locker room discovering that his clothes has been stolen. Again.
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agree completely!
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troy and abed in the morning!!!!!!!!!

Love ABED's BOONDOCKS shirt he was wearing in the beginning of the episode this week.
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Just how did they get trapped in that vending machine?
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That is not krumping...THIS is krumping!
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This show is freaking awesome. Troy & Abed's bromance is the best. Why are people not watching this show & why isn't NBC promoting it better? Definitly the most underrated show of the season
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the crunking and the bit with the pencils...
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Yes, I too love Troy and Abed they are absolutely hilarious, and they work together so well!
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Community is an underrated comedy
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love community all members of them
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no doubt the best part of the show
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I absolutely love Community.
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totally agree
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Wait, there's shows out there that still run their end credits? I thought ending credits died out in the mid-90s in favor of yet MORE advertising to play over them.
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Community is freaking awesome!!!!
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the show as a whole is AWESOME !! ..
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Batman voice was pretty awesome too.
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These are definitely my favorite part of Community - my personal favorite is when Pierce shoots both Abed and Troy with pepper water!
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They are indeed the best part of Community. :) I liked when they got their lookalikes to do the Spanish rap.
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Christmas Troy was effing PRICELESS.
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The Spanish rap and the crunking bit have definitely been my favourite so far. I practically fell out of my seat from laughing so hard.
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