ruth wrote:Yes, I do remember seeing this show one time and liking it because it was so strange. I like Chevy Chase. I don't remember what the episode was about but I didn't get any impressions about Abed being on the spectrum from that one episode. I may have seen it when we were on vacation and we only get a few channels and they are different than the channels we get here. If I knew what night it shows, the time and the channel I wouldn't mind watching it again and even getting into the show and its characters because I do remember being drawn to it and not switching it off, as I've said, because it was so different.
It's on NBC on Thursdays at 8pm est. The premiere for season 2 is this week.
Abed is more subtle than a lot of aspie/autie characters on TV/movies which is probably why I appreciate the depiction. He is not diagnosed so it's just been suggested he has Asperger's (which was sort of done in an insulting manner in the first episode, though now they seem to reference back to it without actually saying it.) He has little facial expression and talks quickly and quotes and references movies a lot. He's said in one episode that he uses movies to connect to people because he does not know how else to do so.
The show itself is pretty good, I there were a couple of really good episodes in Season 1 (such as "Modern Warfare" which was about paintball and is sort of parodying a lot of cheesy action and sci fi movies, and "Contemporary American Poultry," which was a more Abed heavy story about how the group gains control over the college by controlling the distribution of the much coveted cafeteria chicken fingers, and is likened to a mafia movie). Not all of the episodes parody movies but there are a lot of pop culture and film references in them. I think the show started off kind of shaky especially in the first two episodes, but it's slowly gaining momentum and seems to have found its footing toward the end of Season 1.
I hadn't watched it until a couple of weeks ago, myself, Sophist, though a friend of mine kept telling me to check it out. I wouldn't say it's always "laugh out loud" entertaining but it does have its moments.