10 'Community' episodes that defined the first Dan Harmon era
Parodies and psychology, meta humor and monkeys, laughs and tears
"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" (Season 2, episode 11)
Another bleak, emotional story, but one with a vastly different feeling from the one that aired the week before, thanks to the decision to visualize Abed's holiday despair by shooting the entire episode as a stop-motion animated holiday special akin to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Abed's belief in a magical land of Christmas provided the opportunity for many great visual gags (Britta as a robot, Shirley as a baby), and yet the gimmick didn't get in the way when the episode needed to get serious. Far from the funniest installment of the Harmon era, but one I return to again and again to marvel at.