“We’re together. That makes this the perfect timeline.”
Two years ago my friend Tevy changed my life when he handed me the DVD of the first season of Community and said “Kim, I don’t know why you aren’t watching this show but you should be.” Now, some people (though I doubt anyone who reads this blog) may think it is silly of me to say that a television show changed my life. But it’s true. Community unleashed the fangirl in me that had clearly been dying to get out, and I don’t regret letting her out for a SECOND. She’s a big reason this blog even EXISTS.
I have loved a lot of shows in my lifetime. The X-Files. Friends. Lost. How I Met Your Mother. Grey’s Anatomy. But little did I know what kind of love affair would launch when I started Community. I devoured practically two seasons in a weekend (the first episode I ever watched live was Season Two’s “Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts”). I found things in each member of the Greendale Seven that I loved and related to. Annie’s driven nature and competitiveness. Britta’s needless defiance and desire to do the right thing, even if she is the worst at it. Shirley’s desire to reinvent herself. Troy’s innocence and joy in everything he does. The way Abed sees everything through a pop culture lens because that’s how he relates to the world. Jeff’s struggle between being the man he thinks he wants to be and the man he actually IS. And even Pierce. Pierce just wants to belong and feel relevant. In fact, that is the common thread between all the members of the study group. Community is at its heart a show about finding where you belong and finding people who love you, no matter how weird or damaged you are. Isn’t that the very thing that all of us as Human Beings want? To know that we are not alone in this world?
I may have been late to the Community party, but once I was there, I was all in. I didn’t shut up about the show. I wanted EVERYONE to know what I had discovered: that something about this strange little study group at the world’s wackiest Community college was incredibly special. Sure, the show was hysterical, but underneath the metaness and movie parodies there beat a giant heart. I will never understand why some people don’t SEE THAT when they watch the show.
Guys, it’s been a really rough day. First, the guy at Dunkin forgot to put the pumpkin flavoring in my coffee. I had to drink plain coffee, like some kind of plain-coffee-drinking schmuck. Then I had to spend an hour looking at pictures of our Sexiest Woman Alive winner and runner-up in various states of undress. When will the torture end?
Thanks to all the hot-lady appreciating folks who voted in our Facebook poll this week. Head Over Feels nominated our six favorite sexy women and our followers wrote in some other inspired picks. (Shout out to Angela Lansbury and Miss Piggy.) Even though the eventual winner jumped to the head of the pack early, it was an exciting race for #2. It just so happens that our top two girls are also colleagues, which gives us fair reason to fantasize about slumber parties after long days on the Mad Men set. Can we be invited next time? We’ll bring the popcorn.
You know this post needs a soundtrack, and these stacked ladies deserve some serious, bass-heavy funk.
Let the ogling begin!
The Sexiest Woman Alive, Runner-Up: Christina Hendricks
The fact that you guys voted for a runner-up with a dress size of 14 makes me want to throw all of my airbrush-happy womens magazines out my window and run down my street, triumphantly singing. Congratulations to the gorgeous and talented Ms. Hendricks for being an inspiration for body confidence and werking that shit.
Looking fine and sophisticated in some hipster specs.
Extra credit for playing a sexy baddie in Firefly.
Like Joan, Christina’s style is deliciously womanly. Can that body look anything BUT womanly?
If you were Roger, could you have ever gotten over this one? Didn’t think so.
Worth the back pain, probably.
And now, the woman voted (overwhelmingly) into the top spot by Head Over Feels readers…
The Sexiest Woman Alive: Alison Brie
As Jeff Winger once said to Annie Edison, “You’re becoming dangerous, Annie. It’s those doe eyes. Disappointing you is like choking the Little Mermaid with a bike chain.” Add those doe eyes to that rocking bod and you’ve got our Sexiest Woman Alive. Alison is the “Girl Next Door” fantasy on steroids. And it’s no coincidence that she’s on two of Head Over Feels’ favorite shows, and very nearly perfect on both of them. We like her beautiful insides too.
How is this fair to the rest of us, Alison?
A. Tongue. B. That ice cream looks delicious, omg.
Study group swag.
I don’t think anyone will complain about some bonus Gillian Jacobs.
And now, the Sexiest Woman Alive and one of our Sexiest Men Alive will have their first dance:
There is a serious lack of photos of Christina Hendricks and co-Sexiest Man Adam Scott together. Get on that, internet.
Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to our winners! You all represent this blog’s favorite qualities in a gal: style and substance, talent and sex appeal, nerdiness and heart. And we thank you for it.
Ladies and gays, prepare yourselves.
For the past two days, some of Head Over Feels’ favorite men have been in a heated race (mmmm…heated race…) for our own Sexiest Man Alive crown. The campaigning is over, and we’re ready to declare our winner.
Make that winners. It’s a tie!
Two contenders quickly rose to the head of the pack and stayed there deadlocked. It’s only fitting that these two morons are the chosen ones, as they embody every quality that makes a Head Over Feels heartthrob: comic genius, regular genius, latent dorkiness, and a delicious affinity for plaid.
This post comes pre-soundtracked, for your convenience:
Ready? Let’s do this.
The Sexiest Man Alive #1: Joel McHale
Yes, Joel. Just like that.
Like that too.
I mean, can Channing Tatum’s shadow do this? I don’t think so.
Fuck you too, Joel. Ugh.
It’s not just that he ruins lives, it’s that he enjoys it so much.
Annie = #gpoy
The Sexiest Man Alive #2: Adam Scott
Adam’s acceptance speech at the first annual Head Over Feels awards banquet.
Hair porn. All day, every day.
I think I could carve out some time for that, yes.
Lizzy Caplan: “Me too.”
Damn, Lizzy – let someone else have a turn.
*Unable to form sentence*
And as if Joel and Adam weren’t satisfied with separately destroying us, this happened:
I’ll be fine. Just give me a minute.
Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to our winners! Keep doing what you’re doing, boys. We only hate you a little bit.
It’s that time of year again.
People just named their Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.
And the winner is…Channing Tatum.
And we can’t really argue with that. After all…Channing gave us all this over the course of 2012:
I’ll allow it.
But what of the other men beloved by Head Over Feels?? We felt our favorites were SORELY lacking on People’s List, so Sage created a poll on our Facebook Page (PS have you liked us yet?) to crown the First Annual Head Over Feels Sexiest Man Alive. We are leaving the voting open thru tomorrow evening, after which Sage will do a post dedicated to our winner. Check out some of our nominees after the jump and then GO VOTE. Make your voice heard. It’s the second most important election of 2012!!!
Warning: blatant objectification of Men to come…
And many thanks to Chelsea for helping me compile all the eye candy.
Community Held Hostage, Day 10. Things are starting to feel dire. The longer we go without any word, the more I fear we’ll be airing in January. There was a giant tease yesterday when TV.com listed a return date of 11/1/12…which would have meant that Up All Night was toast and Community was moving into its place. Alas, that rumor proved to be false when TV.com confirmed that all listings are user-generated. It’s a double edge sword…I desperately want my show back, but I ALSO don’t want it airing in the bloodbath that is the NBC Thursday Night line-up. So the Community fandom continues to wait and watch the ratings for Animal Practice and Guys with Kids like a hawk. With any luck, by this time tomorrow, one or both of those shows will be off the line-up.
But I’m not writing this blog to be a downer. Not today anyway. Today I choose to celebrate what I love about Community by naming my top 5 episodes. I talked this over with Jenn yesterday for a good while…how to even pick a top 5? Surely a top 10 would be easier and more forgiving of personal sentiment over episode quality. All of that is true. But I wanted to choose a top 5. Someone of these choices reflect personal preference, some of the episodes are ones that are no brainers. All of them are episodes I would choose to show a Community newbie to hook them into the series. So here we go…POP POP.
5) Debate 109
This is my most sentimental Top 5 choice. I chose this episode because the moment in that gif? That’s the exact moment that I fell in love with Community…when Annie Edison took down her hair and Jeff Winger was completely gobsmacked by it. I remember watching this episode in my season one marathon and this moment happened and I sat up and said, “Ooooohhh…now THIS is interesting.” And the rest of the episode sealed the deal. I was all in with Community. I don’t think the writers had ANY idea what would happen when they put Jeff and Annie (or more specifically, Joel McHale and Alison Brie) together. Their chemistry is nothing short of electric.
PS Dan Harmon, I’m 33 years old and I ship Jeff and Annie like no one’s business. And it’s NOT because I think they look cute together.
I’m going to be there. You should be too. Community fans are among the greatest people on the planet. And if I have anything to do with it, there WILL be Yard Margs afterwards.
Contact: Catherine Boyd; Sean Von Gorman
Kazoos and a straightjacket among props employed to help save Community
NEW YORK, N.Y., September 19, 2012 – In a mash-up of outlandish talents, fans of the NBC sitcom Community will serenade the 30 Rockefeller Plaza NBC store on kazoos, then Sean Von Gorman will attempt to escape from a straightjacket, in a passionate bid to save the show from cancellation after mid-season.
Fans will perform the Community theme song “At Least it was Here” on kazoo, then create a kazoo (and perhaps ukulele) orchestra to accompany Sean Von Gorman’s straitjacket escape.
The lengths fans will go to in order to save a show from cancellation seem to know no bounds. Antics like these are especially fitting in raising the profile of Community, a perpetual underdog buoyed by voracious fans who relate to the characters’ predilection for fantasy and geekery.
“If you could print one quote from us, please tell everyone to watch NBC Communty on Friday, October 19th, 8:30pm, and set your DVRs to watch by Monday every week. The one thing that unites Community fans is the love of the absurd. If you join our event, we promise that you will be laughing and having a great time. Also, our friend Sean Von Gorman puts on a fine show with his straitjacket escape. I don’t think we have the permit necessary for a Human Cannonball act yet.”
Any and all fans are invited to participate and can RSVP via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/305143179593913/; the event is BYOK (Bring Your Own Kazoo). The event’s organizers, Catherine Boyd, Sean Von Gorman, and others involved are available for advance interviews via phone and email.
EVENT: “Save Community” Kazoo Serenade and Sean Von Gorman Straightjacket Escape
DATE and TIME: October 4, 2012, 1:00pm. EST
LOCATION: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, sidewalk near NBC store (49th Street btw 5th and 6th)
Sean Von Gorman is a comic book artist. His Houdini comic spawned fantastic straitjacket and chain escapes! http://seanvongormanart.carbonmade.com/
It doesn’t take much to please me.
My friend Susan is the Associate Company Manager of Broadway’s Tony Award Winning musical Once. And every week, she has to do reports that happen to be my job to collect.
I am nothing if not open about how I feel about all things pop culture. And Susan, God love her, follows me on Twitter…so she REALLY knows how I feel about EVERYTHING. Because she is an awesome friend, every once in a while she adds a fun note to me in her reports. Imagine my squeal of delight when I am going though my mail and then see a picture of Joel McHale. Or The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Or the casts of Community and Parks and Recreation (the week after the Emmy Nominations came out, no less!). The only thing that could make me happier would be Joel McHale actually delivering those reports in person.