What Community’s “Darkest Timeline” Can Tell Us About Our Own

Community fans know two things: 1) they still want their “six seasons and a movie” and 2) they know a Darkest Timeline when they see it. What set Community apart from other sitcoms was its attention to detail—broad strokes of meta-narrative in which the show itself became its own lesson of social norms, led by Abed as the Greek chorus. The Darkest Timeline pays homage to Star Trek’s “Mirror Mirror,” where the Enterprise crew battle their evil selves.

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