Plotting Out the Metaverse of “Community”, “Cougar Town” and “Scrubs”
Posted by Chad Quandt
The TV metaverse broke this week. Much the way Superboy-Prime’s punch shattered the DC Multiverse, Abed’s appearance on Cougar Town sets up a very weird order of shows that puts Community in the same world as you, me and Scrubs reruns. Somewhere, Britta is reading Pitchfork. Or she’s trying to install Napster.
In this season’s episode “Critical Film Studies”, Abed details a long story wherein he’s invited on the set of Cougar Town as a background extra. A fan of the show, Abed’s obsessive nature kicks in. He develops a character, Chad (Hey! Good choice!), and becomes lost in this man in the world of Cougar Town. He also poops his pants, hence the running away at the end of the clip above.
Dan Harmon’s show is fed by wonderful program pop culture references both in themed episodes and running gags like jabs at Glee and Big Bang Theory.
But Abed’s presence on Cougar Town sets a precedent. We now have Cougar Town as a show that you and I watch, but so does Abed. That wasn’t Danny Pudi as an extra, that was us seeing the exact story from “Critical Film Studies” (though they should have put Courtney Cox in the scene as Abed had included the detail that it was done after one take because “Courtney nailed it”).
And then Ted, a main character on Scrubs (Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence’s biggest series), shows up on Cougar Town as well. God, I hate typing “Cougar Town”. I hate that phrase. Bill Lawrence, it’s OK. We’ll all understand if you change the name of your show three seasons in. Everyone who’s a fan will keep watching.
Scrubs and Cougar Town are in the same universe. It’s entirely possible for Courteney Cox to get cancer and be treated by Dr. Cox. We now have this hierarchy.
The real world (not the show; actual reality) = Community
Cougar Town = Scrubs = Clone High?
Whatever movies or shows characters of Cougar Town/Scrubs watch.
…We had Travis [CT character] have a love of Community…
– Bill Lawrence
So Cougar Town characters watch Community. It’s a perfect, endless loop.
Harmon, I need Britta to exist. I need her to be possible.
About Chad QuandtWriter for videogames, animation, the webcomic Suffrage. Master blocker in dodgeball. Barbecued with Corey Haim before he died.
Posted on May 27, 2011, in Chad Quandt, Television and tagged abed, Big Bang Theory, Bill Lawrence, Chad Quandt, comics, Community, Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, glee, meta, metaverse, multiverse. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.