As an SNL fan from near the beginning (Jan. 1976, at age 14), I did start watching Community partly because not only was Chevy Chase going to be in it, but he was (originally) glowing about how smart a show it was, which is why the notoriously elitist anti-TV guy (remember him almost getting into fisticuffs on Politically Incorrect over hating TV?) decided to be on the show. Sure, I knew Chevy was an ass since the late '70s, and was notoriously bad at career choices, but this seemed like it would be a good show.
I do enjoy Chevy's physical comedy, like with the Three Stooges and Tim Conway before SNL. But I also loved Arrested Development, and that kind of thing. I love pop culture references, too. Not the cheap, gimmicky stuff that too many do, but the more clever stuff like old '40s Looney Tunes used to do. And Community does now.
Chevy's assholic side can be very unpleasant, though. I do agree with him that there can be too much "romantic" stuff on the show - although I'm not as on board with his hating the heart Community shows. Even though it doesn't always work in Harmon's writing, the perceived lack of "heart" on Arrested Development was one of the things that hurt it with the elusive "mainsteam" audience. I'm glad Community tries harder not to fall into that trap.
But, all things considered, I think it's time for Chevy to leave. Pierce has been too underused this season anyway. Maybe Harmon can have Lorne Michaels come over and ban Chevy from Community. I wouldn't put it past either of them at this point.
Edited by Mibbitmaker, Apr 10, 2012 @ 7:03 PM.