Thursday, March 15, 2012

DAN HARMON: THE EARLY YEARS



Community returns tonight after a brutal mid season hiatus.  Hopefully its absence from the Thursday night lineup has created an unbearable sense of longing, and hopefully that will translate into crazy boffo ratings.  If only Parks and Rec was in the lineup, too.  Then a balance would be restored to the force.

Anyway, if you are among the reasonable, then Community is one of your favorite shows.  But long long long LONG before Community there was Channel 101.  What is Channel 101?  I'm glad you asked, you.  Channel 101 is a website that shows short episodic web series, many of which are produced by Channel 101 viewers.  Channel 101 was co-founded by Dan Harmon, who also... YEAH, YOU GOT IT!  DAN HARMON CREATED COMMUNITY!

So, in preparation for Community's triumphant return, let's take a look at DAN HARMON:  THE EARLY YEARS!

One Channel 101 series that I watched (other than Yacht Rock, which is an entirely different post) was Computerman.  Computerman was written by Dan Harmon and Jack Black, and stars both.  Dan Harmon plays a McDonalds webmaster that creates an anthropomorphic computer, played by Jack Black.  Also, the computer is created when Dan Harmon's character bleeds on the keyboard.  Also, they end up on the run from the government.  Also, the series was very cheaply produced, as you'll notice.  STILL, they made something.  That counts for something.




Dan Harmon was also behind a few other Channel 101 series. Honestly, some of them look like they were made during a drunken night with friends.



But... before Channel 101, there was HEAT VISION AND JACK! Dan Harmon co-wrote and executive produced this legendary Fox pilot that was never picked up as a series. So good. Starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Ron Silver.




KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! For real. 

 COMMUNITY IS BACK TONIGHT!
8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST
WATCH IT!

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