NBC Cancels Community

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NBC Cancels Community

Cult sitcom to end one season (and a movie) shy of goal

NBC's Community built a rabid cult following out of a strong cast, a penchant for offbeat geek-culture reference meta scifi/fantasy digressions and strong writing to back it up; but it never quite made it to mainstream success. Now it seems the plug has been pulled for good, with the network declining to renew the series for a sixth season today.

The series began as the story of a disgraced lawyer ostensibly running a study group at disreputable Greendale Community College, but quickly spiraled off into a strange hybrid of conventional sitcom and reality-bending satire. Certain episodes transform into large-scale genre parodies, characters display fourth wall breaking abilities and almost all events - no matter how bizarre - are presumed to have actually happened (one way or another); up to an including full-scale paintball wars, secret conspiracies and potential alternate-realities. Series creator Dan Harmon (forced out of Season 4 but returning for Season 5) cultivated a strong fan culture, and turned his stated goal of "six seasons and a movie" into a major fandom catchphrase.

Community had faced the prospect of cancellation for each of it's five seasons, making it one of the shows most often mentioned as having potential for a Netflix/Hulu/etc revival a'la Arrested Development or fan-funded movie like Veronica Mars, but no announcements have been made regarding such at this time.

Source: Deadline

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God damnit why end one of the best and most funny shows on TV.

Fuck this saddens me

Well it would seem that they were unable to stop the meteor after all. Honestly though, I think this season really suffered from the shortened length and the loss of two major cast members. Only having 13 episodes basically ended up having them cut out all the actual episodes about the college. As fun as the ride was, without the grounded episodes all of the crazy ones just feel too disjointed. At least we get a cannon ending though.

Pity. No more D&D themed episodes, I guess. Despite its flaws, I do like this show.

Shame when a good show gets cancelled. Really talented cast and I hope they all keep being in things and making me laugh.

That being said, I feel that Community should've ended naturally after the 4th season. Since college is only four years, the 5th season felt really contrived. I guess that was partially a result of Harmon getting pushed out for Season 4, and then wanting to have him back for a "proper" season. But since I feel like comedy shows tend to run out of steam around the fourth season, and Community had a natural place it could've stopped, it would've been best if we got four Harmon seasons and a proper ending.

It's okay guys we still have the Big Bang Theory....
Yea I'm gonna go walk out a window now #darkesttimeline

Welp, I'm not surprised, NBC seems to be unable to recognize how to let a good thing 'finish' properly. Like how they didn't keep Scrubs for its final season, an awesome and well written show, while the last season (What's Scrubs Med School?) ended up on ABC and did a very solid job wrapping everything up neat and tight. Hopefully there will be a quick turn around on someone to pick it up for the final season and if not... Well then I guess they couldn't stop that asteroid from hitting the earth.

#darkesttimeline

But the Big Bang Theory is not cancelled, thus proving that mainstream audiences suck and the opinion of the masses doesn't mean diddly squat.

I can't say I'm sad over this. I loved this series, but after season two it started to stink up the place like a dead rat.

This was my favourite source of unadultered happiness from media.

Now its gone...

#darkesttimeline

Tsk, just when the show was picking up steam again. It still wasn't what it was before, but I think it deserved its 'six seasons and a movie.'

I really liked how they continued Abed's story after Troy left, for instance. They really took the opportunity to develop him somewhat. I appreciated that. Though I must say I didn't see the last few episodes, so I don't know how well they continued that.

This is indeed a disturbing universe. :(

Really they cancelled it after Season 3 when the network caved to Chevy Chase and got rid of showrunner Dan Harmon. Season 4 knocked a lot of regular viewers off the show and Season 5 wasn't really powerful enough to get those eyeballs back.

Community may have had some rough spots the last seasons, but they always managed to deliver, at least for me.
Maybe we're lucky and someone else picks them up.

Well, I stopped watching after the end of Season 3, so I didn't help its ratings in any way.
Not having seen Season 4, I can't say what effect Dan Harmon's removal had on the show, but with the way the third season went, I don't know if all the blame should be put on the studio who removed him. The entire Chang storyline from after he was fired totally killed any enthusiasm I had left for the show, and Harmon was there for that.

I just hope the same thing doesn't happen to Rick and Morty.

Veldie:
God damnit why end one of the best and most funny shows on TV.

Because, unfortunately, the goal of a TV network is to make money, and that means that they need shows that get high ratings. And as good as Community was, it didn't have a whole lot of viewers left, which meant that they didn't make much money off of the advertising.

I hate that it's being cancelled, but I can't blame NBC for doing it. They gave the show plenty of chances already, and it's not unreasonable for them to finally give up on it at this point.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *gasp* OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

I'm really going to miss this show. Even during it's rough spots it was still funny and some of the smartest comedy on TV. I remember seeing something about Dan Harmon being open, if a bit skeptical, about turning the show into a Hulu or Netflix-based web series. So fingers crossed, I guess.

Six seasons and a movie, people. Six seasons and a movie.

Community is dead... long live Rick and Morty! RICK AND MORTY FOREVER AND FOREVER A HUNDRED YEARS Rick and Morty... Me and Rick and Morty runnin' around and... Rick and Morty time... a- all day long forever... all a - a hundred days Rick and Morty! Forever a hundred times... OVER and over Rick and Morty... adventures dot com... W-W-W dot at Rick and Morty dot com w... w... w... Rick and Morty adventures... ah - hundred years... every minute Rick and Morty dot com.... w-w-w a hundred times... Rick and Morty dot com...

(Pssst. It's made by Dan Harmon. You should watch it.)

So what does NBC have left? Parks and Rec? I frigging love that show but it's declined a bit recently and even at it's best it's not a lot of good comedy output. NBC have totally Britta-ed it (never had to type that, looks bloody weird). This definitely is the Darkest Timeline

Well, I guess all life was obliterated by a meteor. And that's cannon.

Yeah, as much as that sucks, the guy above me is right: Rick and Morty will be a more than acceptable replacement show.

Shodan1980:
So what does NBC have left? Parks and Rec? I frigging love that show but it's declined a bit recently and even at it's best it's not a lot of good comedy output. NBC have totally Britta-ed it (never had to type that, looks bloody weird). This definitely is the Darkest Timeline

Hate be the bearer of bad news, but Parks and Rec looks pretty.... finished. On the plus side, the last episode is pretty epic.

On topic: I used to love Community. I really really did. I thought it was the greatest thing ever. But then season 4 rolled around, and suddenly, I started to dread watching it. I later found out that the original showrunner hadn't been around for season 4, and that made perfect sense. And I can go back and watch season 1-3 any day of the week, it's still awesome stuff. But I couldn't even be bothered to watch season 5, even though the showrunner returned. Mostly because two of the main cast had left... So... this news doesn't really.... phaze me. I think that's the right word. I fondly remember 3 seasons of Community, and I'll just pretend the rest didn't happen, like the petty child I am. :D

This makes me so Changry. Seriously, one of the best shows to have ever been and pretty much nobody got it. Good job NBC, thanks for Britta-ing this.

Am I the only one who loved Community but is glad that it's finally been put out of its misery? So, I guess you could say that I don't give a fuck.

Abed and Shirly were really starting to grate on my nerves. It's a shame we didn't get to see more of not-Mike, though.

Also, I wonder how much of this cult following actually supported the show instead of just pirating it.

I may need to go and punch the many many people that I told to go and watch this show who never did....

It's all my fault, seriously it is.

I didn't know what a really good show it was, and even though The Comedy Network was actually airing repeats, I just never found a hole in my schedule to watch it. Well I could of made the time if I tried hard enough, but... I never knew.....
In fact if I hadn't finished House of Cards/Lies on Netflix and just started (as in still on season one) on a WTH whim I'd still be missing out. It's very smart and definitely skewed comedy that's right up my alley. Who knew?
Maybe Netflix will take the initiative to continue it.

Is it somehow comforting to acknowledge that in our reality the majority is comprised of stupid? That this smartly written show statistically never stood a chance? And that the opposite is continuously proven to be true, as well?

Is it any fucking comfort at all?

Sseth:
But the Big Bang Theory is not cancelled, thus proving that mainstream audiences suck and the opinion of the masses doesn't mean diddly squat.

To be fair, the "masses" are the Big Bang Theory crowd. Community is more of the "loud minority" of fans.

Community had pretty middling ratings throughout its run and Season 4's poor quality did some damage to its rep.

Twas funny as hell for a cable tv though.

Maybe if NBC had given this show a decent timeslot (i.e. not opposite the most popular sitcom on the air), it would have stood a chance ratings-wise. Fucking bunch of idiots.

A least they kept Hannibal around for another season.

RA92:
Community is dead... long live Rick and Morty! RICK AND MORTY FOREVER AND FOREVER A HUNDRED YEARS Rick and Morty... Me and Rick and Morty runnin' around and... Rick and Morty time... a- all day long forever... all a - a hundred days Rick and Morty! Forever a hundred times... OVER and over Rick and Morty... adventures dot com... W-W-W dot at Rick and Morty dot com w... w... w... Rick and Morty adventures... ah - hundred years... every minute Rick and Morty dot com.... w-w-w a hundred times... Rick and Morty dot com...

(Pssst. It's made by Dan Harmon. You should watch it.)

Are the characters supposed to be Back to the Future knock offs?

Johnny Novgorod:

Are the characters supposed to be Back to the Future knock offs?

Yes. That's the joke.

OT:
While I am very sad, the fact that it forces Harmon to put 100% of his time into Rick and Morty is certainly a silver lining.

Rick and Morty is brilliant and it's still fresh while Community had steadily gone downhill.

I'll also be interested to see what the other actors do.

I for one want to see Joel McHale host every video game event ever.

Wandrecanada:
Really they cancelled it after Season 3 when the network caved to Chevy Chase and got rid of showrunner Dan Harmon. Season 4 knocked a lot of regular viewers off the show and Season 5 wasn't really powerful enough to get those eyeballs back.

Although I love the show season 5 was little better than 4. Still 1 more season and a movie would have been perfect

Johnny Novgorod:

Are the characters supposed to be Back to the Future knock offs?

It deceptively looks like a BttF spoof, but it's actually a psychopathic Dr Who.

And it's great.

http://badassdigest.com/2014/04/11/rick-and-morty-is-the-best-show-on-television/

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/moviesandtv/columns/highdefinition/11404-The-Show-You-Should-Be-Watching-Rick-Morty

like many have said before at least Abed gave us the canon ending

It is unfortunate that a show like the Big Bang Theory can thrive but something like Community was only ever able to just barely limp along.

this is indeed the darkest timeline

I've only seen the first two seasons due to it not being released further then that on DVD here for some reason, but it's a bummer to hear. It's a good show.

Why is BBT always mentioned, and in a negative way? I love them both ^^

Season 5 started really well, but later episodes were not that good, it lacked a few 'normal' episodes.

But this is very sad news, hope they come back on netflix or something.

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