Created by comedy writer Dan Harmon, Community follows a small band of community college students as they attempt to navigate their second chance at eduction. Originally brought together as a study group, they find themselves becoming friends, lovers and comrades-in-arms against the surreality of their new school.
Jeff (Joe McHale) is a smooth-talking lawyer who gets sent back to the classroom when it's discovered he falsified his degree. He tries to make the most of his situation by courting Britta (Gillian Jacobs), a 20-something dropout looking to make something of herself, but things get complicated when he also discovers feelings for Annie (Alison Brie), a perky straight A student trying to kick a prescription drug habit.
Annie herself has a crush on Troy (Donald Glover), a former high school athlete who lost his scholarship, but Troy doesn't notice much of girls at all, instead building an unlikely friendship with Abed (Danny Pudi), a film student and pop culture nerd. Rounding out the gang are Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Pierce (Chevy Chase), two middle-aged students who are learning business and combating loneliness, respectively.
With such a crazy cast, it's easy to get lost in the chaos of Greendale Community College, but much of the bedlam is intentional. Showrunner Dan Harmon is famous for his clever comedy and his characters benefit from the same. Their jokes are quick-witted and self-aware; the actors are encouraged to improvise. The show has also gained a reputation for engaging its own audience, creating webisodes during mid-season breaks and stunt casting fan favorites when encouraged on social media sites.
Its meta comedy and pop culture homages have also made it a hit among fans. Despite relatively low ratings, it's topped several viewer polls and critics' lists, even snagging a People's Choice Award in 2009. It currently airs in twelve countries and will also enter syndication in 2013.
Community has run for three seasons and will be coming back for a fourth in fall 2012. No one knows when the cast will actually graduate, but one thing's for sure: The party will be spectacular.
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Abed is able to finish his film thanks to Jeff, Frankie and her friend, a movie producer named Maury.
A former boyfriend lures Britta into joining Honda's guerilla marketing campaign. Jeff looks to get Elroy to like him.
Greendale's computers are hacked, and the hacker demands that the racist comedian scheduled to perform at Greendale, Gupta Goopi Gupta, be cancelled or he will release the study group's emails. The group refuses, their emails get leaked and they force the performance to go on. The hacker threatens to release everybody's emails if Gupta performs, he performs and everybody's emails are released.
Jeff (Joel McHale) squares off against a charming prison inmate Willy (Guest Star Brian Van Holt ) who's attending Greendale via telerobot. Britta (Gillian Jacobs) enlists Abed (Danny Pudi) to get around Annie's (Alison Brie) rules against parties in their apartment. Jim Rash and Ken Jeong also star.
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"Community" is back, and things are different. The study room table is short three members: Pierce, Troy and now Shirley are all gone, as Shirley is the latest to (as Abed puts it) "spin off." Naturally, that means the Save Greendale committee needs a new "character," especially after a surplus of roof frisbees destroyed the cafeteria. Enter Frankie Dart, played by Paget Brewster. Frankie, as she tells Abed, doesn't have a lot of quirks. She's a pretty boring person who just gets stuff done without a lot of drama.
Attention, "Community" fans and cord-cutters: we have some good news for you! "Community" is back with a brand-new season, although it now has a different home on Yahoo! Screen. The change of venue isn't the only major difference in the new season: the cast is now missing former series regular Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley), who announced that she would be leaving the show before this season began production. Brown is the third series regular and original core cast member to leave the show, following Chevy Chase (who left two seasons back) and Donald Glover (who left a few episodes into last season).
The show that wouldn't quit is back with its sixth season, and while there isn't a "Community" movie yet, this trailer makes season six look like one. The show's new home, Yahoo! Screen, made every effort to make this trailer look cinematic: there are some of those stuttering action-movie cuts, there's dramatic music, and that title looks an awful lot like a certain Avengers movie due out soon. We learn from the trailer that there are going to be new additions to the study group, and we learn that one of those additions might actually end up being a villain for the season.
Pop-pop everybody! "Community" is coming back for its sixth season on Yahoo! Screen, but the company had been holding off on announcing the official premiere date for the new incarnation of the show...until now. Yahoo! has confirmed that "Community" season six will premiere on Tuesday, March 17! Unlike fellow streaming services Netflix and Amazon, Yahoo! will not release the entire season of "Community" for binge-watching. Instead, it will follow a similar approach to the TV networks, premiering the first two episodes on the 17th and releasing a new episode every Tuesday from there on out.
As the possibility for "six seasons and a movie" seems more and more realistic, Yahoo has released a promo for 2015's season six of the scrappy comedy "Community." Maybe saying it's a promo is a bit of a stretch - more than anything it's a well-cut recap of the entire series, glued together with some Yahoo worship. But hey, Yahoo saved the series from extinction; why not show some appreciation, right? After NBC canceled the series, to the horror of those who continued to adore it, and Hulu (who owns the rights to the previous seasons and aired the full series exclusively) passed on the opportunity to keep it going online, an unexpected hero stepped in in the form of Yahoo.
Scrappy "Community" just keeps on keeping on, doesn't it? With threat of cancellation basically ALWAYS on the table for this show, it has struggled through long-term hiatuses and breaks, and most recently, a near-death experience, but somehow "Community" continues to roll on. Now, it might be rolling all the way toward a movie. "Six seasons and a movie" has been the prophesy and war cry of "Community" and fans since early on. Recently, "Community" was kicked to the curb by NBC, and saved at the last moment by Yahoo.
Say it with me now: #SixSeasonsAndAMovie! "Community" has officially found a new home and, thus, a sixth season. After the show was canceled by NBC, it has been picked back up by Yahoo! Screen, the video content streaming service from the Internet giant. The new sixth season will be 13 episodes long, and reports say that creator Dan Harmon has signed on to return along with core cast members Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong.
It looks like Five Seasons, An Internet Season, And A Kickstarter-Funded Movie isn't even a possibility now. "Community" will not be picked up by Hulu, according to a report from TV Line, which says that all talks between the show and the streaming service have stopped. This news comes several weeks after official word that the show was not receiving a renewal from NBC and would be cancelled after five seasons. However, a source close to the show has said that "Sony doesn't give up easily" and that "a lot can happen in one week.
It might not be over quite yet, folks. NBC has canceled "Community" in its fifth season, after hesitating to renew in the first place, but some hope for dedicated fans remains. Hulu Plus is reportedly considering picking up the show and producing one more 13-episode season to stream on their site. The site is in talks with Sony Pictures Television, but nothing official has been determined. It's a natural move for Hulu to consider picking up the comedy. Hulu already owns the rights to the first five seasons, and it's one of the top ten shows watched on the site (and the number one show in January).
Looks like #SixSeasonsandaMovie won't be happening. NBC has canceled "Community" according to a report from THR. The show had just completed its fifth season, celebrating a return to form after bringing creator and showrunner Dan Harmon back on board. However, even the return of Harmon couldn't save the series, which has struggled with ratings throughout its run. The fifth season averaged a 1.1 in the demo with about 3 million total viewers, improving slightly to 1.5 and 3.