When Community debuted on NBC back in 2009, it attracted fairly middling ratings but a devoted fanbase that are still fiercely loyal to the show today. It was also a critical favourite and one of the main aspects usually singled out for praise was the performances of the main cast.
Sitcoms usually only work if the main cast is full of interesting characters that are all pulling their weight and, thankfully, Community provides that in droves. From the neurotic Annie Edison to the narcissistic Jeff Wingers to the hilarious duo of Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir, there isn't a single weak link in our favourite study group.
So, naturally, actors of this talent would soon come under the gaze of a film industry eager to utilise their skills in feature presentations. And many of the cast have gone on to film success, especially global superstar Donald Glover and Academy Award winner Jim Rash.
But what about the films that don't showcase their talents as well? The movies that they would rather stayed buried deep on their IMDb pages? Let's take a look at the films that the Community cast probably regret saying yes to the most...
10. The Happytime Murders - Joel McHale
The idea of puppets, a form of storytelling usually associated with children’s television, being placed in adult situations is not necessarily a bad one. (It worked for Team America, after all.) But the most important thing is that you have a good script, rather than just having the cuddly characters swear every five minutes and think that counts as a comedy.
The Happytime Murders, unfortunately, goes straight for the latter approach.
This misfire from the Jim Henson Company is set in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, with the puppets treated as second class citizens. As you can imagine, ham-fisted attempts to comment on real-life racism abounds. Melissa McCarthy, a human cop, is teamed up with a puppet private investigator to solve a murder. That’s about as deep as the plot gets.
Joel McHale’s “part”, if you can really call it that, is essentially just Jeff Winger if he had never met the study group and decided to become an FBI agent.
Just stick on an old episode of Sesame Street and give this one a miss.