A diverse group of oddball students form a study group at Greendale Community College. Together, they try to survive not just their classes, but an overeager dean, psychotic teachers, high stakes paintball tournaments, and their own personal differences.
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|Joel McHale||Jeff Winger||85 eps.|
|Danny Pudi||Abed Nadir||85 eps.|
|Chevy Chase||Pierce Hawthorne||85 eps.|
|Yvette Nicole Brown||Shirley Bennett||85 eps.|
|Donald Glover||Troy Barnes||85 eps.|
|Alison Brie||Annie Edison||85 eps.|
|Gillian Jacobs||Britta Perry||85 eps.|
|Ken Jeong||Ben Chang||70 eps.|
|Jim Rash||Craig Pelton||58 eps.|
|Richard Erdman||Leonard Briggs||35 eps.|
|3||Introduction to Film||10/01/2009|
|5||Advanced Criminal Law||10/15/2009|
|6||Football, Feminism, and You||10/22/2009|
|7||Introduction to Statistics||10/29/2009|
|11||The Politics of Human Sexuality||12/03/2009|
|20||The Science of Illusion||03/25/2010|
|21||Contemporary American Poultry||04/22/2010|
|22||The Art of Discourse||04/29/2010|
|24||English as a Second Language||05/13/2010|
|25||Pascal's Triangle Revisited||05/20/2010|
Community is a show that is as much a satire as it is a sitcom. Created by Dan Harmon, the show focuses on a study group at Greendale Community College who come together to try and pass Spanish 101. They soon form a tight bond with one another and face off against whatever crazy situations the school can throw at them.
The plot initially revolves around the sexual tension between Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), but as the series progresses this becomes more of a subplot and the series focuses on the group dynamic as a whole.
With the second season, Community becomes much more of an ensemble showcase, with each member of the group getting their own time in the spotlight. Community has become well known for its parodies and tributes to modern pop culture, with episodes themed around Pulp Fiction, My Dinner With Andre, Goodfellas, Apollo 13, and the paintball episodes (which contain nods to a large number of action and western films).
Community also has a habit of subverting many standards within the sitcom formula, such as the clip show episode in which none of the clips were actually from preceding episodes. The show has developed a devoted following and was renewed for a third season.
The show's third season was, even by Community standards, consistently shocking and subversive. Featured were anime foosball sequences, an entire episode that took place in a videogame, an evil timeline, and detailed homages to Law and Order and Ken Burns documentaries. John Goodman features as principle of the air conditioning repair school, who tries to court Troy to join the school. Michael K. Williams also prominently guest stars as Dr. Kane, the group's Biology teacher.
Despite the usual fan and critic adoration, Community suffered in the ratings. NBC announced that it would be shelved from the mid-season schedule. The 8 o'clock time slot would be filled by 30 Rock. A massive outpouring of fan support emerged. Inspired by the episode "Remedial Chaos Theory", wherein an evil timeline is created, goatees were mailed to NBC. NBA player and Community fan Blake Griffin added one to his avatar on Twitter. Twitter was where a majority of the fan support came from. The hashtags "#SaveCommunity" and "#SixSeasonsAndAMovie" became very popular. The show returned on March 15th.
The show returned to the highest ratings of the season. However, tension grew behind the scenes between Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon. While shooting the season finale, on a "non-script day" (where pages of the script are literally sent down to the set), Chevy Chase walked off of set. At the season wrap party, Harmon made a speech directed at Chase, who attended with his wife and daughter. The entire cast and crew was also present. The speech was a "fuck you" to Chevy. Dan even tried to get the whole crowd at the event to chant "fuck you" at Chevy.
Chase left two voicemails on Harmon's cell phone. The first one was a profane rant, where Chase called Harmon a fat alcoholic, and said he wouldn't like past 57 with the way he eats. Harmon played it for a group of people and it leaked onto the internet. Harmon apologized for this. Chevy left another voicemail for Dan, which was more of a critique of the show and Dan's writing, which his says is getting "worse and worse." This voicemail was also put onto the internet. Harmon apologized to Chevy in his blog. During this turbulence, it was announced Community would return for a fourth season.
At the end of the season, it was announced that Dan Harmon would no longer be the show's showrunner. While they announced that Harmon would still be a consulting producer, Harmon denies this was ever discussed. Harmon also says he has no idea why he was fired:
The important one is this quote from Bob Greenblatt in which he says he’s sure I’m going to be involved somehow, something like that. That’s a misquote. I think he meant to say he’s sure cookies are yummy, because he’s never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn’t call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn’t call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn’t call to ask if I was going to be involved. I’m not saying it’s wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I’m just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon.
Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, Chris McKenna, Dino Stamatopoulos, Joe and Anthony Russo also left the series.
Season 4 aired in a new timeslot, Friday at 8:30PM instead of Thursday at 8:00PM.
Community's fourth season was poised on premiere on October 19th, 2012. NBC pulled the premiere date and held the premiere date indefinitely. The cast produced an internet video in response to this, saying that October 19th was more a state of mind than an actual date. The first episode, "History 101" aired on February 7th, 2013. The season featured Malcolm McDowell as the group's history teacher, appearing in 2 of the 13 episodes. Reception of the Harmon-less Community episodes were mixed to poor. Before the season was over, Chevy Chase announced that he was leaving the show. Pierce took on a much less featured role in the last few episodes because of this.
The show was rather unexpectedly renewed for a fifth season. Rumors began to circulate that Harmon was being asked to return as the series showrunner. He began posting tweets suggesting the rumors were true. It was later confirmed that Dan Harmon, and many of the other writers who left, would return for the series' 13 episode fifth season.
On his podcast Harmontown, Dan Harmon talked about watching season 4:
I watched season four. I guess I already knew this, but apparently, I’m quite a genius … I think I feel pretty comfortable expressing any kind of 'Eh, not my cup of tea' about it because – this has been expressed a thousand times over – it's obviously not somebody doing what they do and trying very hard to make people happy. It is very much like an impression, and an unflattering one. It’s just 13 episodes of 'Oh, I’m Dan Harmon! [stupid laugh]! Die Hard! [stupid laugh]' I feel like I'm going back to work tomorrow morning, and I just feel like, 'Do I talk like that?'
I just always thought Jeff Winger's dad would be Bill Murray. But there's something awesome about having all of those preconceived notions ripped away from you. It's exciting. There's something exciting about being held down and watching your family get raped on a beach. It's liberating. It makes you focus on what's important.
The weird thing that keeps eating at me is there's a system in place that's winning because I would have had too much leverage, too much power, too much salary, as would a lot of writers coming into season four, so they just flushed us [fart sound], replaced us with two guys [who] didn't know what they were getting into. [They] went to Comic-Con, saw what was going on. People dressed as spacemen and bananas and shit; people going, 'Holy shit, I cut myself every night and watch Community.' And they went, 'Fuck' and I think they tried their best and I think that was the best idea – not the best idea, as it turns out, but the most admirable kind of impulse. It's like, 'Let's not let these people down. If there's anything else we do, let's not let these people down.'
Watching that season, it's like I have such an impulse to just do the show they probably got hired to do. They could have just done a sitcom set at a community college. Over time, people would have gone, 'Well, what about paintball? What the fuck? What about chicken fingers?' But then, five episodes later, regular people would have been like, 'Oh, this is a pleasant little show set at a community college.' And they would have beaten me. The system would have won. I would have just crawled under a bridge and pooped in a bucket, just died.
These comments drew some controversy. In traditional Harmon fashion, Dan apologized in a lengthy blog post.
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|Date of 1st Airing||Sept. 17, 2009|
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|Original Air Day||Thursday|
|Original Air Time||930|
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