Fired ‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon Asked Back for Season 5?

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Just over a couple weeks ago, surprising news came from NBC that the seemingly-struggling comedy series Community had been renewed for season 5. Series regular Ken Jeong even had tweets prepared to say farewell to the show, which he never got to send…

But with a fifth season officially on the horizon, more news has surfaced which might give way for the brightest timeline yet for longtime Community fans (inside joke). Though series creator and showrunner Dan Harmon was fired after the end of season 3, he has now been asked to come back for season 5.

TV Line reports that during a recording of his Harmontown podcast (via, the series creator mentioned that he had been invited back to the series for season 5. Supposedly, after he dropped that bomb, Harmon asked the podcast crew to edit out that bit, only to say, “Ah, f–k it. I don’t care who knows!

What’s not clear at this point is if Harmon was asked to return to the series as showrunner, or if he’s merely been offered a consulting producer position – a job he turned down while still bitter about his firing from the series. But still, the fact that Harmon has been approached to return to the series could be great news for fans.

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Though series producers and new showrunners David Guarascaio and Moses Port did their best to capture the spirit of Community in season 4, many of their attempts felt artificial and pandered to the audience. There were a few episodes that landed gracefully, and even not-so-great episodes had their moments, but bringing Harmon back for the fifth season would be spectacular, especially if this turns out to be the final season.

As of now, there’s no guarantee that Harmon will return, but at least the door is open, and the possibility is there. Is there any chance Harmon might try to get Chevy Chase back after the actor left the show towards the end of the fourth season? Harmon joked on the podcast that the only way he would return would be if Chase was invited back as well, which prompted laughter. Chase’s return is unlikely considering the behind-the-scenes feuding with Harmon, but as has always been the case with Community, anything is possible.


Community doesn’t have a set return date yet, but the fifth season will likely premiere in the midseason of 2014 sinceNBC’s fall 2013 comedy schedule is already chock-full of programming. Stay tuned for more updates.

Source: TV Line

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  1. I hope that this happens, I really do.
    Season 4 without Harmon just wasn’t the same show.
    There are certain shows that can plug along no matter who the showrunner is but Community isn’t one of them. Like him or not Harmon’s take on these characters and the world (or worlds) they exist in was so unique that without him it felt like watching a knock-off show or like going to see a U2 cover band. They sound like U2, sometimes even look like U2 but it’s not the same thing.
    Am I making any sense???
    The point of my rant is this…
    Harmon should find a way to be ok with everything that happened, work with NBC and come back.
    He has the rare opportunity to come back to his baby and correct the mistakes he and NBC made and to give the shows extremely loyal fan-base a proper final season.

    • I get what you are saying. I felt the same way while watching this season. I continued watching out of loyalty to the characters. I’d like Harmon to return.

      Or maybe he never left in the darkest the timeline. I mean, the Cape did get 6 seasons there. :)

    • people thought the same thing about george lucas. and then he made the prequels

  2. If Harmon comes back I’ll give Community a second chance. Season 4 lost me pretty quickly and I haven’t been back since. Truly unfortunate because in spite of an overuse of Ken Jeong I thought the first three seasons were all (mostly) brilliant.

    • You should give the rest of season 4 a chance. I’ll admit, it’s a slow start. But everything clicks around the fourth or fifth episode, it’s pretty good.

  3. Community hit its stride in Season 3. Its true that it felt artificial in S04. Most of S04 was recycled elements from earlier seasons. If Harmon resumes work with Community it will definitely be more interesting.

    • Ummmm no. Season 3 was the weakest. Or arguably season 4, but I really feel that despite the absence of Harmon, 4 turned out better than 3. Regardless, season 2 was where they peaked, it’s just fact.

      • I think you should research the difference between facts and opinions.

  4. Was I the only one who thought the paintball episode from the fourth season was…terrible? Also, it really felt more sitcomy to me with all the characters yelling at each other and giving away so much exposition that just didn’t mesh. It was awkward. It also felt like every episode was rushed beyond belief. Too many stories that felt underdeveloped. For instance, the convention episode. Jeff and Annie had their thing, Troy and Abed and Troy and Britta, as well as Jeff and the random girl fan and Pearce and Shirley. It was way too much to me. Happened a bunch.

    All this to say I would love having Dan back to the show!

  5. I really liked the fourth season…but I agree there was a certain something missing. Having him back would be awesome. On the other hand I really don’t care if Pierce comes back.

  6. If he does come back I hope they Roseanne it and say season 4 was just a story Abed wrote about if Peirce didn’t die and Jeff can look at it and say somethimg like “you should at least put some humor in it.”

  7. If he comes back Chevy wont