September 21, 2009 12:00 PM


NBC, Sept. 17, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT |


Joel McHale, the zippy and sarcastic host of E!’s Talk Soup, heads a terrific ensemble that happens to include Chevy Chase, unexpectedly but almost endearingly befuddled as an odd old duck who made a fortune inventing disposable wipes. NBC’s best new fall series, this sitcom is about a group of community-college students whose backgrounds are both unusual (McHale is a lawyer who got in trouble for not disclosing that his Columbia degree was really from Colombia) and familiar (Donald Glover, a former 30 Rock writer and expert scene stealer, plays a onetime star athlete). The writing and acting are fluid, light and funny. One quibble: McHale needs to get beneath his veneer of glib, superior cool—he’s like Chevy Chase from long, long ago.

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