Dan Harmon Talks ‘Community’ and The Future Of Season Six

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Community S5 Cast Dan Harmon Talks Community and The Future Of Season Six

Last week, NBC brought to an end the long-held dream of six seasons and a movie when they announced their cancellation of Community, or at least the chance of seeing that dream come to fruition on their network. Unsurprisingly, the news struck a chord with the show’s viewers, who are nothing if not loyal; after all, just a short couple of months ago, NBC seemed to favor the idea of backing a sixth and final Community installment before bringing the series to a close, through one avenue or another.

But fans of Greendale, its colorful cast of characters, and their wacky, meta-textual adventures have for some time lived with the reality that Community might be shut down at any given moment. The show has been dogged by low ratings almost since the beginning of its run on NBC; behind the scenes kerfuffles and the occasional changing of the guard haven’t exactly helped the series maintain equilibrium, either. Put another way, stability and Community passed each other like two ships in the night a long time ago, and the show’s enthusiastic patrons know it.

That hasn’t stopped them from fighting for Community‘s survival, of course, but in the wake of its unceremonious revocation, that fight has grown wearisome: Netflix passed on picking the series up, a’la Arrested Development, while Hulu seems like too distant a possibility to consider. Now, Community‘s creator and most recent showrunner, Dan Harmon, is weighing in on the longevity of his own show, and his thoughts on the matter are somewhat tricky to parse out.

Which isn’t to say that he’s not positive on the idea of transitioning Community to a different network, or of keeping it alive to begin with. But, as one might imagine coming from the person who birthed the series, and who at one point was fired from his duties as executive producer, his feels are complicated and layered; since NBC dropped Community, he’s gone through a short version of the twelve stages of grief, making it hard to take him at his word.

Here’s a direct quote from Harmon himself:

I will confess, however, that when Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the “eh” column. For a million reasons, some selfish, some creative, one logistic, five sexual, three racist (in a good way) and, oddly, nine isometric. I won’t bore you with them. I mean, of course I will bore you with them. Boring you is my job, my hobby and my passion. But it doesn’t matter right now WHY I’d be lukewarm or if my reasons would be valid, what matters is, I won’t be lukewarm. I’ll heat up. I said “eh” on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a “sure, let’s talk” on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community.

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How does one make odds or ends of this? The message here suggests that Harmon is now in a place where he actively wants to pursue taking Community elsewhere with Sony, but if he has enough reasons not to, then maybe he’s better off letting go. A sixth season of Community handled halfheartedly would, perhaps, be far worse an outcome than if that sixth season simply didn’t happen to begin with. If Harmon isn’t “heated up” about it yet, that might serve as a strong indicator that he should consider taking on other projects instead.

Then again, if he does rekindle his passion for the series and if he does find the right home for season six, it’d be a shame to see him let that opportunity go to waste. But pulling this off would be no small feat, something that fans and Harmon both have to acknowledge to avoid further disappointment. The fact that Community‘s sixth season is still up for discussion means potential for further disappointing fans, but if Harmon can get energized and make it happen, he shouldn’t hesitate to take the chance.


We’ll keep you up to date on Community as more information becomes available.

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  1. You know I avoided this show for a long time because I thought it was about college life and just about every show I’ve seen about college was boring. But I finally caved and gave it a view and was instantly taken in by it. This isn’t about college at all. This is about wackos trying to cope with life and having some great conversations doing it. Abed is basically me as a young person and I’ve learned some things about myself in observing him. The other characters either have some characteristics of myself or are like people I know. The show is funny original and often inciteful. I would be sad to see it go but the loss of two of it’s main characters has hurt it greatly. Maybe a spinoff with Abed would be possible

    • Yeah, Abed’s based on Dan Harmon himself, who has Aspergers Syndrome, which is why Harmon can sometimes come across to some as annoying, outspoken and other negative opinions of him, which is unfortunate but hey, those of us who have it have no concept of societal rules and just say what’s on our mind and don’t understand why others get upset or offended with what we say.

      I avoided Community for a while too but my younger brother forced me to watch an episode, then another, then I began watching it myself and love the show as a result. It’s a shame it was cancelled but here’s hoping they find a network or something and give the show a good send off.

      • I know how Dan feels. Although I’ve managed to grow out of or compensate for my aspergers quirkiness as I’ve grown older I still occasionally blurt out something that I’ve observed and found interesting only to see a shocked and/or hostile look on everyone’s face. But hey at least now I do recognize the looks and shut up instead of babbling on blithely unaware I’ve committed a social blunder.

  2. Dan Harmon is obliged to make 6 seasons? He can make more…

  3. I love this show but it does feel like the right time for it to end i dont think they should bring it back

  4. 6 seasons and a movie, the prophecy must be fulfilled.

  5. I’m sad to see Community go, but this could work out so Joel McHale can become Deadpool.

    • Oh my goodness.I never thought of that. He would be an excellent fit for the roll. He’s got the physique too.

      There are so many interesting actors in the show I hope we see them go to other things.

    • I’ve always been against anyone but Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool – yes they screwed up the character with Wolverine: Origins, but Reynolds would still be PERFECT playing him if they wrote the character properly.

      However, now that you mention it, I can definitely see McHale as Deadpool as well, so he has now become my second choice for the role behind Reynolds :)

  6. Please, please, please let this happen!

    The day I found out NBC went and cancelled it, I was heartbroken. As a diehard fan of Community, I want to see them end on a high note, with the season finale seeming like a true series finale, like how season 3 ended.

    Let Troy come back for the end, let them tease Annie and Jeff a bit more, and let Abed do some meta stuff as if it’s really the end of his show.

    And let them all depart with a happy ending.