13. Community

Network: NBC
Stars: Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown

All it takes is one episode of NBC’s Community to understand why it’s the definition of a cult hit. Depending on which half-hour block you check out, you’ll either come across a themed episode that’s recounts a pizza delivery gone awry from six different points-of-view, an unexplained reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey, or an extended parody of the documentary Heart Of Darkness. It’s no wonder, then, that Community’s ratings have always been low-level, to the point that NBC booted the show off its 2012 midseason schedule, much to passionate fans’ vexation.

But there’s reason why millions of die-hards have signed petitions and bombarded Twitter in efforts to save Community: For those who connect with creator Dan Harmon’s bizarre sense of meta humor (not to mention, guys who can’t get enough of mega-cutie Alison Brie), Community is a risk-taking, inventive landmark within the predominantly cookie-cutter realm of modern-day sitcoms.