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‘Community’s’ Finale Ends Season 6 — and Maybe the Entire Series — on a Perfectly Sentimental Note

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By now, at the end of Season 6, Community has perfected the art of creating a finale that does double duty, working both as a season and a possible series finale. This is a necessary skill, because despite remaining optimistic, Community never knows what the future will bring. After Dan Harmon returned to bring the show back to form in Season 5, I was pretty much convinced that this was the one year it’d be a shoo-in for renewal — so, of course, it was canceled. And then it was picked up by Yahoo for a great sixth season (one that was even better than some of the NBC seasons!), which ended today, with no word on whether or not it will return. But, in accordance with Community‘s history, the finale was brilliant, layered, and emotional.
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Did ‘Community’ Survive the Move From NBC to Yahoo?

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Going into Season 6 of Community, which premiered in the middle of the night with a pair of episodes on Yahoo Screen, the obvious question was whether the clever and wonderfully weird sitcom would lose anything in jumping from NBC to a website that’s known more for being a punchline about ancient technology than for its streaming content. While it can surely be argued that NBC didn’t treat Community as well as it could have, the comedy certainly belonged there, particularly during the earlier seasons, when it was a “Must See TV” staple along with the equally smart and weird 30 RockThe Office, and Parks and Recreation.
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“As Weird as You Always Wanted Them to Be”: Dan Harmon and ‘Community’s’ Cast on What to Expect in Season 6

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AUSTIN, TX: “I wanna ask, do you ever think, ‘This show sucks now?’” The question was posed at the Community SXSW panel not by a pushy journalist or a gauche audience member, but, of course, by the show’s creator Dan Harmon — a writer known perhaps as much for his scalding self-doubt and candor as for his scripts and characters. The question was posed to the small group he began the panel with, original regulars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Alison Brie, out of concern for the way some of their cast mates have fled the show. But Brie responded by shifting the focus: “There may have been one season where we thought that,” she replied, to an appreciative roar from the crowd.
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‘Community’ Proves Yahoo Is Betting Big on Original Comedy Programming

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Yesterday, when it was announced that Yahoo would be the streaming platform to revive Community for a sixth season, the news was predictably met with a mixture of joy from its fans and eye-rolling from its detractors. What everyone did agree on was that Yahoo was a laughable outlet to resurrect Community. Twitter immediately went for the “Outdated Platform Revives Classic TV Show” joke format. It is an odd choice — why not Hulu, Netflix, or even Amazon Video? — but Yahoo has actually been working on increasing its original programming output, so perhaps this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
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‘Community’ Isn’t ‘Arrested Development’: Why Dan Harmon Deserves His Sixth Season

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Yesterday was pretty crappy, even by Monday standards: like most women I know, I spent most of it fuming over the Hobby Lobby decision, calming down, looking at Twitter, and getting furious all over again. So while Yahoo’s 11th-hour decision to bring Community back from the brink of cancellation didn’t salvage my mood entirely, it did take the edge off. Dan Harmon’s capable of brilliance wherever he lands (see Rick and Morty, in which animation allows Harmon and co-creator Justin Roiland to go even further afield), but Community has always been his most beloved project, not least because it’s constantly in danger of dying out.
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Flavorwire’s 15 Favorite Shows of the 2013-2014 TV Season

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Television is a year-round affair, but May marks the official end of the 2013-14 season. It was a great TV season, one of the most exciting that I can remember, and it brought us the debuts of instant-classic series, as well as especially strong seasons of returning favorites. There was an overwhelming amount of good television during these past 12 few months. Although it’s tough to narrow it down, here are my 15 favorite shows of the …Read More

‘Community’ May Well Come Back From the Dead — But It’s a Success Story Even If It Doesn’t

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On Friday, NBC announced that Community wouldn’t be returning for a sixth season. One can only assume that the news was timed in hopes that it would be buried on a Friday afternoon, but NBC should have known that obsessive Community — and TV — fans are pretty much glued to Twitter, our handy second screen, at all times, Friday afternoon/night included. On the one hand, Community fans (and I always include myself in this group) have been preparing for cancellation at the end of every season, but on the other hand, this somehow felt like the one year when renewal wasn’t a long shot.
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How ‘Community’ Season 5 Won Back a Frustrated Fan

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Community became my favorite TV comedy almost immediately. The 2009 series premiere, which I distinctly remember watching on my computer via a Facebook preview link, wasn’t perfect, but it was strong for a sitcom pilot. I watched it twice. It managed to be expositional without sacrificing quality, full of hints of what the show would eventually become — a clever subversion of sitcom tropes, deep pop culture references, a heavy dose of self-awareness, and a perfect balance of humor and emotion. And did I mention it was funny? It was! Extremely funny.
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‘Community’ Season 5 Episode 12 Review: “Basic Story”

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It’s not often that you get to see a major network television show arguing with itself. But that’s one of the surprises, and pleasures, of “Basic Story,” the first installment in Community’s two-part fifth season finale, which spends much of its first half suspiciously tiptoeing around the idea that, for once, Greendale Community College is free of chaos, its staff and students utterly content. “Usually a lot more than this happens in 30 minutes,” notes Abed, at the end of a half-hour of study group playing-on-their-phones time, and that denomination of time isn’t accidental. For a show that spends plenty of time playing in the meta sandbox, this week’s episode represents a continuation (after last week’s “G.I. Jeff”) of the idea of pushing beyond inside jokes and self-awareness, and genuinely exploring (and exploding) the very nature of fiction.
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‘Community’ Season 5 Episode 11 Recap: “G.I. Jeff”

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The important fact about Community’s gimmick episodes is that the good ones are never just about the gimmick. The paintball episodes, the Ken Burns spoof, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”—when the show trots out its tricks, it’s like a particularly good magic show, where the illusionist uses the tool of diversion to smuggle in some of the heftiest intellectual and emotional content of the series. This week’s episode, “G.I. Jeff,” replicates the look and feel of the old G.I. Joe syndicated cartoon show flawlessly: the little specs on the image, the choppiness of the cheap-o animation, the stilted dialogue. The recreations of those ‘80s live-action toy commercials are likewise perfect. And while we’re marveling over the perfection of the nostalgia, we can easily miss that this not only of the most ambitiously melancholy Communitys to date, but one that questions the very essence of reality.
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