In an interview with Salon, Dan Harmon was asked what rules to follow when writing an episode of “Community”. Harmon believes that once writers realize that it’s time to think about the rules, they’ll need to take a step back and ask: why? He explained:
“In fact, we often stumble across things. We’ll suddenly realize that we’ve been thinking about the rules, and we take that opportunity to stop at that point and ask ourselves questions. why are those rules?”
To give an example of the kind of ideas for episodes that can come from unexpected thought processes, Harmon has this to say:
“I need to give a concrete example: the first season’s paintball episode was the result of a conversation that began with a thought experiment asking the very question you just asked me.
I said, ‘Choose no-no. Maybe do a Columbine episode? Could there be a school shooting? Is there a way to get rid of that without offending anyone? ‘ And then someone said, ‘Well, the paintball would be an example.’ The thought experiment ended there, but that’s where the question led us. The conversation led there. “
https://www.slashfilm.com/1003170/communitys-writers-had-to-learn-where-they-could-bend-the-rules-of-tv/ Community writers must learn where they can bend the rules of TV