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John Hughes, R.I.P.

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It’s not a TV moment, exactly, but an attention-must-be paid moment for pop-culture geeks of my generation (and maybe others): director John Hughes has died of a heart attack at age 59. 

The Breakfast Club, actually, figures heavily in Dan Harmon’s pilot for Community, the comedy debuting on NBC next month. And really it’s become a sort of master template for unlikely people forming unlikely connections—in TV teen shows, yes (there’s a little of it in Fox’s Glee this year, for instance), but not just those. It borrowed the everyone’s-alike-in-the-foxhole premise of war movies and applied it to a high school detention room, making the argument that jocks, burnouts, weirdos, princesses and brains could bond in a common geekuality. Don’t you forget about him: