Jeffrey Malone’s 50 Favorite TV Shows of All Time

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You can learn a lot about people from their favorite television programs. TV viewing involves spending a lot of time with fictional characters and more or less forming relationships with them. Who we choose to spend our time with says a lot about our own personalities. With that in mind, here are the current standings for my 50 favorite shows of all time.

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Señor Chang’s “Shining” Moment

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SPOILER WARNING: This essay discusses in depth the endings of an episode of Community, a 35-year-old movie, and a classic piece of sketch comedy. If you are reading this, you are probably already familiar with Community’s twist. The Shining works perfectly fine even if you know the ending. But if you have not seen the Key & Peele bit yet, do yourself a favor and watch it before reading.

When I took on this assignment, I thought I was going to be able to cover a whole survey of Shining homages. But then I realized that besides Chang’s misadventures in “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality,” the only other one I am really familiar with is the Key & Peele sketch “Continental Breakfast.” So I looked up some more to make sure that my suspicion of their proliferance was correct. There’s a 2014 IKEA commercial in which a Danny bikes around a store. The Simpsons did it (“Treehouse of Horror V”). So of course Family Guy also did it. There are plenty of directions one can take with a Shining parody: hammy Jack Nicholson impressions, creepy little kid acting, Shelly Duvall’s big eyes, etc. Focusing on a comparison between Community and Key & Peele is instructive because the crux of both homages is the ending and what they say about the nature of reality.

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Community 6.13: “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”

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“School’s out, bitches!” http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jeffrey_Malone/2015/06/03/community-season-6-finale-recap-emotio

Even if there ends up being a movie or a season 7, I’ll still consider this one of the best series finales of all time.

Community 6.12: “Wedding Videography”

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“Everyone stay and eat cake, or GO TO HELL!” http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jeffrey_Malone/2015/05/26/community-season-6-episode-12-recap-we

Community 6.11: “Modern Espionage”

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How are we doing, voice of Diedrich Bader? http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jeffrey_Malone/2015/05/20/community-season-6-episode-11-recap-mo

Community 6.10: “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry”

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“No offense, Abed.” “None possible.” http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jeffrey_Malone/2015/05/13/community-season-6-episode-10-recap-ba

Community 6.9: “Grifting 101”

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Is Sting in this one? http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jeffrey_Malone/2015/05/06/community-season-6-episode-9-recap-gri

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