Analysis of Community

Executive Summary


Genres: Comedy, Drama

Setting: Contemporary, Greendale Community College

Overview: The script Community follows a diverse group of students at Greendale Community College as they navigate their personal challenges and form a study group. The story explores themes of identity, friendship, honesty, acceptance, and personal growth. The characters, including Jeff, Annie, Troy, Britta, Shirley, Pierce, and Abed, go through a journey of self-discovery and learn the importance of community and genuine connections. The conflicts and tensions within the group are resolved through acceptance and forgiveness. The script ends with the characters coming together and embracing personal growth.

Themes: Identity and Self-Discovery, Friendship and Community, Honesty and Integrity, Acceptance and Forgiveness, Personal Growth and Transformation

Conflict and Stakes: The primary conflicts in this story include Jeff's struggle to find purpose and redemption, the tensions and dynamics within the study group, and the challenges of navigating college life. The stakes involve Jeff's personal growth, the success of the study group, and the pursuit of their individual goals and dreams.

Overall Mood: Comedic and lighthearted with moments of emotional depth

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

  • Scene 1: The opening scene with Dean Pelton's failed speech sets a comedic and chaotic tone.
  • Scene 15: The scene where Jeff confesses his true motives for forming the study group has a more introspective and vulnerable tone.

Standout Features:

  • Ensemble Cast: The show features a diverse and talented ensemble cast, each bringing their unique comedic and dramatic skills to the table.
  • Meta-Humor : The show often breaks the fourth wall and parodies various genres and tropes, appealing to viewers who appreciate self-aware and clever storytelling.
  • Community College Setting : The setting of a community college provides a unique backdrop for the story, allowing for exploration of themes such as second chances, personal growth, and the value of education.

Comparable Scripts:

  • Community (TV Show)
  • The Breakfast Club (Movie)
  • The Office (TV Show)
  • Parks and Recreation (TV Show)
  • The Big Bang Theory (TV Show)


Explanation: The screenplay is highly recommended for its witty dialogue, engaging character dynamics, and effective introduction of the main characters. The scenes successfully establish conflicts and tensions, creating intrigue and interest. However, the screenplay would benefit from more visual elements and smoother transitions between scenes. Some characters and their motivations could be better integrated, and certain conflicts and resolutions need clearer development. Overall, the screenplay showcases strong character arcs and explores themes of personal growth and self-discovery, making it a compelling and engaging narrative.
Market Analaysis

Budget Estimate:$10-15 million

Target Audience Demographics: Young adults aged 18-34, fans of comedy and ensemble casts

Marketability: The show has a dedicated fan base and has gained a cult following over the years. It has the potential to attract a wide audience and generate buzz through its unique blend of comedy, drama, and meta-humor.

The show has a diverse cast and explores compelling themes such as friendship, personal growth, and the value of education. It has the potential to resonate with a wide range of viewers and generate positive word-of-mouth.

The show has received critical acclaim for its clever writing, memorable characters, and meta-commentary on pop culture and television tropes. It has the potential to attract viewers who appreciate smart and self-aware storytelling.

Profit Potential: Moderate to high, as the show has a dedicated fan base and potential for syndication and streaming deals. It also has the potential to attract award nominations and generate revenue through merchandise and licensing.

Analysis Criteria Percentiles
Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's voice is characterized by wit, humor, and sarcasm. They excel at crafting witty and sarcastic dialogue that reveals the personalities of the characters. The narrative description is concise and focuses on character actions and reactions. The writer's voice adds humor and creates a lighthearted atmosphere throughout the screenplay.

Best representation: Scene 4 - Tension and Conflicts Emerge in the Study Group. This scene could serve as the encapsulation of the writer's unique voice in the screenplay because it showcases the writer's ability to create humorous and absurd situations, as well as explore philosophical ideas through witty dialogue. The characters' actions and interactions reflect the writer's distinct style and voice.

Memorable Lines:

  • Jeff: You just stopped being a study group. You have now become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you a community. (Scene 7)
  • Abed: I'm only half Arabic, actually, my Dad is Palestinian, I mean, he's a U.S. Citizen and he's not a threat to national security or anything, a lot of people want to know that after they meet him, because he has an angry energy, but not like angry at America, just angry at my Mom for leaving him, although she did leave because he was angry, and he was angry because she was American. My name's Abed, by the way. (Scene 1)
  • Britta: Yeah, just don't hit on me, okay? (Scene 2)
  • DUNCAN: Come on, you're never going to stop taking the easy way out. I'll be helping you for four years. You want to get a degree while taking naps? I want leather seats with built-in ball warmers. Offer expires in ten seconds. (Scene 6)
  • Annie: Being younger doesn't make me inferior, if anything, your age indicates you've made bad life decisions. (Scene 5)

Writing Style:

The writing style of the screenplay is characterized by witty and sarcastic dialogue, humor, and a focus on character dynamics and relationships. There is also a tendency to blend humor with emotional depth in character interactions.

Style Similarities:

  • Dan Harmon
  • Tina Fey
Other Similarities: The screenplay also features elements of Aaron Sorkin's fast-paced dialogue and Quentin Tarantino's back-and-forth banter between characters. Additionally, there is a recurring theme of relatable college settings throughout the scenes.

Jeff:A charismatic and manipulative former lawyer who forms a study group at Greendale Community College

Britta:A passionate and outspoken student who becomes a member of the study group

Annie:A high-achieving and ambitious student who initially feels excluded from the study group

Troy:A former high school football star who joins the study group

Shirley:A warm and religious mother who becomes a member of the study group

Pierce:An eccentric and wealthy older student who often makes inappropriate comments

Abed:A quirky and pop culture-obsessed student who brings a unique perspective to the study group

Dean Pelton:The eccentric and flamboyant dean of Greendale Community College

Professor Duncan:Jeff's former client and current psychology professor at Greendale Community College

Old Black Woman:A mysterious and wise woman who Jeff encounters multiple times

Story Shape