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Six Seasons And A Movie? Nope—NBC Cancels ‘Community’

Six Seasons And A Movie? Nope—NBC Cancels 'Community'

Now, before anyone can say NBC didn’t give “Community” a chance, they did—several times over. Though it developed a vocal and earnest cult following, the Dan Harmon-created show never managed to hit the mainstream with any impact, and bless their hearts, NBC really tried to throw a lifeline to the show. But repeatedly, the show served up low ratings, and Dan Harmon exiting for season four and returning for season five did little to boost the fortunes of the show (though it did outperform “Parks and Recreation” this season, which got renewed but is arguably much more syndication friendly). And now, it’s no more.

NBC has formally cancelled the sitcom, with fans left to treasure the five seasons they got, while mourning that the six-seasons-and-a-movie dream will likely not come to pass. That said, this spring there was chatter NBC was going to renew “Community” for a sixth season, with optimistic talk of a film actually happening, and Justin Lin eyed to get behind camera (he’s the “Fast & Furious” director who has also helmed plenty of “Community” episodes). But we’d wager that’s not on the table, though we’re sure fans will still be calling for a feature to happen.

So pour one out for “Community.” It was good to know you while you were around. And don’t be too bummed—there are apparently very faint rumblings that Netflix or a similar service might step in. But don’t cling too hard to that hope just yet. [Deadline]

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michael macdonald

that sucks. it was a fun show. troy and abed’s little fun make believe adventures made the show for me. I’m betting the main reason it’s not making it any further is because of what the character who played the dean did. hard to recover from that. honestly though, I don’t think the show really needed that character to continue it, but I guess if it didn’t get enough of a following there’s nothing you can do. I guess it’s the people not NBC that didn’t give it enough of a chance. I don’t enjoy many newer shows but I really enjoyed this one.


I love community! I want just a little more, six seasons and a movie is so close.

Emperor Zerg Rush

Saying NBC gave this show lifelines/chances/etc. is funny.

I guess there's two different NBC entities then, one that loved Community and wanted to see it succeed and the other one, that exists in reality, which threw it up against the Chuck Lorre network's go-to show for the male demo and had previously toyed with knocking it off into the summer while its creative lead made an exit and one of its former stars was angling to do the same.

The show had its moments. Some episodes are easily going to be regarded years down the line as some of the best no doubt. But ultimately it had a run – maybe not a flawless run, but a run just the same.

Lets Get Real pod

If there was ever a show that could raise a zillion dollars via crowdfunding it would be Dan Harmon's community (pun intended). Its just a matter of time.

Jorge Clooneigh

It's just not that good. It never was. There are some great actors involved (Alison Brie in particular) but nothing can really avoid the fact it was essentially the poor-man's Arrested Development with a shot of 30 Rock thrown in for good measure. The example of a misguided "cult following" where glee and obsession overlook mediocrity. I wish I could have said all this less meaner though. Sorry.


this is very sad news, best show on air :(


You can blame NBC for programming it against The Big Bang Theory


Finally. The show really outstayed its welcome. It was fresh when it started, but lately For the last three seasons it had been a rudderless mess.


It was good to know you for a season and a half but you long over stayed your welcome. Obviously ratings are the bottom line but Parks is a consistently funnier show. Also Dan Harmon really came across as badly on The Treatment podcast. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) was funny throughout.

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