NBC Cancels COMMUNITY after 5 Seasons

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Alas, it appears that Community will fall short of its “Six Seasons and a Movie” battle cry.  TV Line confirms that NBC has finally cancelled the ratings-challenged sitcom, which went through its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama as well; it’s really almost a miracle it lasted this long.  Though the life of the series was cut short, we can be thankful for five four seasons worth of weirdness that ranged from broad comedy to dark drama.  The show at times verged on being too strange, even for Community, but it was never dull under the guidance of creator/showrunner/mad genius Dan Harmon.  He’s truly one of a kind. Hit the jump for more.

community-season-6-cancelledThough Community has been a bubble show before, this season there were rumblings that NBC was mulling over a 13-episode final season and even talk of a feature film heating up.  Alas, those reports were either premature or false altogether.  That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if another entity like Netflix or Hulu snatches up the show, assuming Sony (which owns Community) is willing to produce more episodes.  Unlike other beloved, ratings-challenged series, Community genuinely tapped into the zeitgeist.  Most people don’t know what Almost Human was, let alone that it aired on TV every week this season, but many are at least familiar with the idea of Community.  It’s a brand, and that can certainly be lucrative.

But for now, Community‘s run on NBC is officially over.  As Danny Pudi’s Abed so directly informed us in the season finale, we’re all to now believe that a giant asteroid destroyed the Earth’s entire population.  It is canon, says Abed, so maybe a sixth season on Netflix could take place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

While I wasn’t crazy about every episode of the show, I always admired its ambition.  The fact that a show this weird and this ballsy ran for five seasons on network television is kind of amazing, and it will no doubt be a cornerstone for many shows to come.  If I had to single out a personal favorite of the 97 hours of Community that graced our TV screens, it’d probably be a tie between season three’s “Remedial Chaos Theory” and the season one classic “Modern Warfare”, though “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” might just be the most impressive of the bunch.

Sound off in the comments with your personal favorite episode of Community.

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  • The Exploiter

    Last time the best comedy on TV was cancelled, Netflix brought it back. Let’s hope they do it again. Until then, we are living in the darkest timeline.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I am all for Netflix bringing it back as I think not needing to meet the ratings demands of adverts is a good fit for this show, but its not wise to mention season 4 of Arrested Development if you are trying to promote the rebirth of a beloved series.

      Also you can’t blame NBC for canceling the show. They gave it every opportunity to gather an audience out of respect to the fan base and it never did. Blame A**holes like me who never bothered to watch it once.

      • Alexander Calvo

        Gave it every chance? You do realize they never promoted the show at all. Literally its first commercial was when it went into syndication on comedy central. how is that giving it every oppertunity?

      • Leo Spaceman

        Heck if I know, I never followed the show. All I really knew is that it has been a ratings nightmare from Day One and it still managed to last five Seasons. They didn’t even give My Name is Earl 5 seasons.

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Precisely. Regardless of whether we like a show or not, the dynamics of television is that there has to be solid business sense behind keeping a show on. NBC gave COMMUNITY plenty of opportunity. The reality is that maybe it is just a niche show, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

      • Mikey

        I’d hardly call it a “ratings nightmare.” At times this past season, it was NBC’s highest rated comedy (beating even shows like “Parks & Rec,” which was renewed months ago). It’s ratings were never “good,” but they were more than passable for NBC, a show that has struggled with ratings for years now.

        NBC just didn’t want to broadcast shows produced by other companies anymore. They’d rather produce shows like “Sean Saves The World,” I guess…

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Uh … you do know that NBC would have no responsibility of advertising on behalf of the syndicators, no? As for advertising the show, heck, I saw ads for it all the time, but I read the trades, too, so I’m probably not your target demo.

      • Alexander Calvo

        E. lee, bad reading comprehension. NBC never advertised the show on its own network, its first adverts came when it went into syndication because the sydicators advertised it. To the rest of you guys, many of you prove the point saying things like “I never heard of it” or I never knew about it” This was precisely the problem, NBC did no promotion.

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Maybe it’s your poor writing skills, not my reading comprehension.

        Also, all one need do is check Youtube for the commercials posted FOR Community’s every season. NBC did advertise it. Pointing to anecdotal evidence of posts here to make your argument isn’t proof of anything.

        I saw the ads that aired; why didn’t others? Could it be that perhaps (and I will give you this) NBC wasn’t advertising this specific show as a part of a line-up that might wish to know more about it? Yes! That’s often the case with the big four networks (I could say squat about the WB or the CW or whatever the Hell that is this days), and that is something that one can easily blame the execs for: not knowing what they have. Often times, that’s every networks’ Achilles’ heel.

      • HeSaidSheSaidMv

        The show was on for 5 seasons despite so-so ratings. NBC obviously gave it a chance.

    • slimpunk

      It’d be interesting, because unlike Arrested Development, past seasons of Community have never been available on Netflix. Although the level of fan dedication obviously can’t be denied.

      • Alex

        It’s available on Netflix in Canada

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Behind the Maple Curtain? No, thank you.

    • The Destroyer

      Hulu has the streaming rights, so I hope they will pick it up for new episodes.

      • Leo Spaceman

        F**k Hulu, nobody uses Hulu.

      • verasgunn

        They have the streaming rights for all NBC shows, which doesn’t mean Netflix can’t pick the rights for Community.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Hulu is primarily owned by NBC/ Universal, the very network company that just cancelled it – so why would they pick it up for their online streaming service where ad revenue is even lower?

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Potentially to allow it to build a larger audience, but, otherwise? Nada.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Community is owned by Sony, so if anyone cares about it building said audience, it’s them.

      • HeSaidSheSaidMv

        The show was on network television (barely) for 5 years. It’s not going to get a larger audience on Hulu, Netflix, or any other online format. It’s run it’s course.

    • GrimReaper07

      I just hope that if it does make a comeback on Netflix, it ends up being better than Arrested Development’s. That was one of the biggest TV related disappointments of my life.

    • Aquartertoseven

      That would imply that this is the best comedy on tv, when ironically it’s one of the weakest. Rules of Engagement is funnier than this crap.

  • kps

    NETFLIX! NETFLIX! NETFLIX!

  • McA

    Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! C’mon Netflix, show Harmon some love and renew this bad boy for one last season…and then a movie!

  • Larry

    Comedy Central already airs reruns of it. Maybe they could save it a la Futurama.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Guess that meteor did hit.

    This IS the darkest timeline..

    • LEM

      That’s canon.

  • Tom
  • Christian

    Community was streets ahead other comedy on the air right now. I was secretly hoping for a full season pick up next year, since a half season wasn’t nearly enough this year.

  • SorryNotSorry

    I’m still mourning Happy Endings.

    • HeSaidSheSaidMv

      Happy Endings? Eeewwww.

  • Davis

    So what no one watched it. It got got insanely low ratings and the show was just full of inside jokes.

  • kps

    They’ve actually already got a streaming deal with Hulu in place so I would assume that’s an option.

  • JBug

    I only watched the first 2 seasons of this show, but it seemed to heavily rely on rehashing jokes and self-awareness, which although fresh when AD did over 10 years ago tasted stale when Community did it on a weekly basis. This show was exhausting despite being solid at times.

    • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

      You lasted with it longer than I did. The wife and I watched it throughout its entire first season, and it just never struck a chord with us.

  • Abed

    This is the darkest timeline.

  • Rick’n'Morty

    Fuck Community.
    Because now Dan Harmon can crack on with more Rick & Morty.

    Rick & Morty 5 seasons and a film, please!

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Yeah, if this means we get more amazing Rick and Morty instead of an increasingly worse and depressing Community, then I’m not that broken up.

  • M&M

    Cancelled or not, I still have a crush on Alison Brie.

    • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

      Amen.

  • Tyler

    I think Simple Plan said it best when they sang:

    “How could this happen to me? I’ve made my mistakes. I’ve got nowhere to run. The night goes on as it faded away. I’m sick of this life. I just wanna scream ‘how could this happen to me?’”

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  • Jan

    Yes! F*ck this show, seriously!

    • d

      Fuck you, seriously!

  • Abed

    Good

  • Pierce

    Let em all fucking burn

  • kor viray

    This IS the darkest timeline, damn it

    • Nick3

      Winter Came.

  • RIOS209

    The problem with Community for me was that it relied a little too much on pop culture references, if you’ve never seen pulp fiction you probably wouldn’t understand the Pulp Fiction Episode and would feel lost. Also since they kept jokes going if you missed an episode you wouldn’t understand what was going on. Don’t get me wrong I watched all but this last season, but it was hard to follow and was never consistently good.

  • Yurine

    I hope comedy Central, Hulu, or Netflix will pick it up for 1 more season.

  • MCP

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! Oh well never saw any, bleh…

  • partysub

    just let this shitty thing die

  • Phoenix

    Not cool. Not cool, not cool, not cool.

  • Early Edition

    97 hours of television? What am I missing? They fell short of 100 episodes, so even if you call each episode 30 minutes of television (though it’s really about 22 minutes) we couldn’t be near 97 hours. Math?

  • Royale With Cheese

    I’ve loved community from the start. The first three seasons are GOLD with the fourth season being somewhat okay and the fifth being sometimes amazing to down right boring. I loved the show but I don’t really care that it was cancelled because it’s best years were behind it and the sixth season wouldn’t have been all that good anyway.

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  • shwnshts

    SO where do I go to sign the petition that brings this show back? Amazon Prime streams Community…and they could use something like this to bolster their in-house production line. NBC is a graveyard. Maybe if they replaced the chairs in the study room with giant revolving red thrones that’d have had a chance. #sixseasonsandamovie

    Dan Harmon made a pilot for FOX where Jack Black played a super-genius(via space rays of course) teamed with a motorcycle voiced by Owen Wilson. Oh and it also stars actor Ron Silver as actor Ron Silver. He apparently moonlights as a one man killing machine that hunts down all who oppose NASA. This of course has nothing to do with anything. Its just awesome. watch this now. http://youtu.be/WHvjcsELcjA

  • shwnshts

    SO where do I go to sign the petition that brings this show back? Amazon Prime streams Community…and they could use something like this to bolster their in-house production line. NBC is a graveyard. Maybe if they replaced the chairs in the study room with giant revolving red thrones that’d have had a chance. #sixseasonsandamovie

    Dan Harmon made a pilot for FOX where Jack Black played a super-genius(via space rays of course) teamed with a motorcycle voiced by Owen Wilson. Oh and it also stars actor Ron Silver as actor Ron Silver. He apparently moonlights as a one man killing machine that hunts down all who oppose NASA. This of course has nothing to do with anything. Its just awesome. watch this now. http://youtu.be/WHvjcsELcjA

  • eternalozzie

    Community was niche humor … the niche didn’t stay big enough … I think the NBC type of comedy has gotten old and stale … time to move on.

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