But for me, [meta-humor] is the language I think in, that’s the language I speak. I’m very much like Abed in that way. I don’t have voice-over, I don’t have characters that are able to stare into the camera and tell you what they’re thinking, and I don’t use a lot of […] flashbacks. I got one crutch, and that’s the fact that these characters are allowed to have seen the same movies you’ve seen. And if things are going in their world the way things went in a movie they saw, they’re able to do what I would do, which is go, “This is an awful lot like that movie, isn’t it?” And that’s my way of making the viewer feel, as much as possible, like these people might be down the street somewhere and aren’t just performers on a stage. It’s the most effective way to do my job, which is to get you to suspend your disbelief.
Love it or hate it, Community without its creator makes as much sense as Mad Men without Matt Weiner or Inspector Spacetime without Constable Reggie. If you take Harmon out of the equation, it’s hard not to see Community withering into just another show, as unremarkable as Robocop 2 or Jim Belushi. And that would be a shame. There are plenty of dull shows on television; very few can inspire and infuriate with such abandon. Only a crazy person like Dean Pelton can run a nuthouse like Greendale, and only a repairman like Troy could repair men.