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Community is an American comedic sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on September 17th, 2009 on NBC. The series follows a diverse group of students at a community college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado and heavily incorporates meta-humor and pop culture references, often parodying film and television clichés and tropes.


Creator Dan Harmon[1] wanted to write a show based on his personal community college experience with a study group that, despite having different personalities and backgrounds, meshed well together. After developing the pilot in 2008, Harmon focused on casting the actors who would best exemplify his writing.[2] Several well-known actors signed on to the show after reading the scripts, including E! comedy talk show host Joel McHale[3], AMC drama series Mad Men actress Allison Brie[4], The Hangover actor Ken Jeong[9] and Academy Award winning actor Chevy Chase.[5]

After running three seasons, Sony Pictures Television executives fired Dan Harmon from his position as the showrunner in May 2012, replacing him with writers David Guarascio and Moses Port. A few hours after the news spread online, Harmon issued a response in a blog post[6] revealing that he was informed about the decision through social media.[8] Reflecting the loyal support of his fanbase, Harmon's blog post on Tumblr received more than 12,000 notes and his name became a trending topic on Twitter.[7] After a fourth season heavily criticized by fans and critics[56], Harmon returned as showrunner for the fifth season. The fifth season premiered on January 2nd, 2014, and the finale aired on April 17th, 2014.


On May 9th, 2014, NBC announced[57] Community would not return for a sixth season. Several cast members tweeted their disappointment and support for their fans including Joel McHale[58], Gillian Jacobs[59], Ken Jeong[60] and creator Dan Harmon.[61]

* Follow Joel McHale @joelmchale #darkesttimeline Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 5,195 2,057 翟磊 2:42 PM -9 May 2014Gillian Jacobs @GillianJacobs Follow COMMUNITY Thank you for the love, best fans in the world. Thank you @danharmon for the best job of my life. #ePluribusAnus Reply t Retweet * Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 9541,339 2:46 PM-9 May 2014Dan Harmon Φ @danharmon * Follow Twitter isn't big enough to hold my condolences and more importantly my gratitude to the best fans, cast and crew in TV history. Excelsior. Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 3,001 3,100 3:08 PM-9 May 2014* 塩Follow @kenjeong A most heartfelt THANK YOU to all the Community fans. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. My life is so blessed because you're all in it. Chang The World. Reply t. Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 753 1,012 2:47 PM -9 May 2014

Fans showed their frustration and disappointment by tweeting #darkesttimeline[62], a reference to a recurring theme in the show introduced in the episode titled "Remedial Chaos Theory," where there are different timelines, and the darkest contains the most horrible turn of events. Within an hour of the announcement the hashtag had been tweeted over 8,000 times.

Yahoo Screen Renewal

On June 30th, 2014, YahooScreens tweeted out[63] the hashtag #CommunityLives.

Yahoo Screen e @YahooScreen Follow YAHOO See you in the fall. #CommunityLivesOn Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More #COMMUNITYLIVESON @YAHOOSCREEN YAHOO! RETWEETS FAVORITES 4,727 3,639 5:49 PM-30 Jun 2014 Flag media

The same day Harman released a statement[64] about the future of the show on YahooScreens saying:

"“I am very pleased that 'Community' will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, 'Big Bang Theory.' Look out, 'Bang Bus!”

The series' sixth season will premiere in the fall of 2014 and run for 13 episodes. Several of the cast members tweeted out their excitement about the series' renewal, including Joel McHale[65] and Gillian Jacobs.[66]

Joel McHale @joelmchale Follow Sixth season. #CommunitySixthSeason Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETSFAVORITES 10,056 7,854 5:47 PM - 30 Jun 2014 Gillian Jacobs @Gillian Jacobs Follow COMMUNITY #sixseasonsandamovie Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS 4,174ES Dali 熙𡑔啞// 6:04 PM-30 Jun 2014

Also on June 30th, Zack Van Amburg, President of programming at Sony, told The Hollywood Reporter[67] there is a strong possibility of a Community movie saying:

"I don’t know, let’s see how our movie does! Isn’t that our plan? There’s no way we’re not making the movie now! I think once we make the movie, let’s look up and decide how much more Community the world wants. We promised six seasons and a movie, how much more do you want?! [Laughs.] … I’d be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it. It’s early but it’s completely in our thought process."

Harmon's Misconduct Allegations

On December 31st, 2017, Dan Harmon posted a tweet declaring that 2017 was "The Year of the Asshole" and his New Year's resolution is to be "not as much of an asshole," alluding to his misconducts while working with female coworkers as the show-runner in the past, which he had acknowledged in October in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal.

Dan Harmon @danharmon This was truly the Year of the A------. Myself included. We don't have to make 2018 the Year of the Mensch but I hope it can be the Year of the Not as Much of an A------. #RealisticGoals 8:02 PM -31 Dec 2017

On the morning of January 2nd, 2018, Megan Ganz, American comedy writer who previously worked with Harmon on the show replied to Harmon's tweet asking to elaborate on his statement.

Megan Ganz· @meganganz Care to be more specific? Redemption follows allocution. Dan Harmon Φ @danharmon This was truly the Year of the A------. Myself included. We don't have to make 2018 the Year of the Mensch but I hope it can be the Year of the Not as Much of an A------. #RealisticGoals 5:11 AM- 2 Jan 2018

Later that evening, Harmon apologized for treating Ganz like "garbage," though without any specific details surrounding their past, to which Ganz responded by further hinting at how Harmon's unprofessional conduct negatively impacted her during and after she worked with him on the show.

Dan Harmon@danharmon Jan 2 Was just shown this. And a previous sub tweet I think was about me. I didn't want to add narcissism to injury by naming you without permission, but l've talked on my podcast about the lines l crossed. I will talk about it more in any way that you think is just. I am deeply sorry 6 O405 Dan Harmon@danharmon Jan 2 i'm filled with regret and a lot of foggy memories about abusing my position, treating you like garbage. I would feel a lot of relief if you told me there was a way to fix it. l'll let you call the shots. Til then, at least know I know I was an awful boss and a selfish babv 19 t 54 427 Megan Ganz @meganganz Replying to @danharmon I wish my memories were foggier. I wish there was a way to fix it. It took me years to believe in my talents again, to trust a boss when he complimented me and not cringe when he asked for my number. I was afraid to be enthusiastic, knowing it might be turned against me later 1:35 AM - 3 Jan 2018

As the exchange between Harmon and Ganz continued on, it soon began drawing the attention on Twitter, which eventually ended with the former show-runner tweeting a formal apology to Ganz for his behaviors and treatment of her. By afternoon on January 3rd, Ganz' tweets had garnered more than 13,000 likes and the exchange covered by various entertainment news sites.

Dan Harmon @danharmon Replying to @meganganz I'm disgusted and sorry that I stained our show and your talent with my selfish, childish s---. I get that I can't erase it, don't want to, but have felt sick about it. I have kept a wall between me and coworkers and I have preached doing so as gospel because of how I treated you 2:10 AM-3 Jan 2018 Megan Ganz @meganganz Jan 3 I haven't listened to your podcast, but I don't think walls are the answer. Unless you put them up with male coworkers, too. Otherwise you're falling into the Mike Pence School of Gender Relations that says men can't be trusted with women's phone numbers. 9 44 th 182 2.3K Megan Ganz @meganganz Replying to @meganganz @danharmon But if I can offer this: It's good to recognize power dynamics, but it's also good to recognize you're no different from those you employ. You re not a king on a hilltop, nor a beast in a labyrinth. Isolation isn't always best. Connection breeds empathy. Empathy allows growth 3:10 AM -3 Jan 2018


As of July 2012, the series has completed three seasons and performed an average of 4.49 million viewers per season[10], a figure that is considered less than impressive in comparison to other shows in NBC's Thursday primetime lineup. Despite its struggle with viewership, the series has received several critical acclaims; In 2010, Community received a positive rating of 88/100 by Metacritic,[11] the #2 ranking in the A.V. Club's list of the 25 best television series in 2010[12] and the Best Comedy Series of both 2010[13] and 2011[14] by the gaming site IGN. Additionally in 2011, Community was named as one of the top five shows of the year on Paste Magazine[15], The Huffington Post[16], Hulu[17] and[18]


The show has also been nominated for several awards[19] at a variety of ceremonies including the NAACP Image Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, The People’s Choice Awards, the Comedy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Hugo Awards. In addition to these nods, Community won a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Animation, the 2012 Hulu “Best in Show” award, Best Comedy Series in the 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Awards and five awards at the 2012 Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalist Awards.[20]

Online Presence

In September 2010, 14 fictional Twitter accounts[30] were created after the main cast of the show, whose scripted interactions (excerpted below) provided a prequel for the season premiere. As of July 2012, Community’s official online presence consists of a Facebook fan page[25] that has 1,261,768 likes, a Twitter[26] with 120,842 followers, a tag on the official NBC Tumblr[27], an alternate universe website for Greendale Community College[28] and three series of webisodes[29] to complement the on-air episodes.

Annie Edison @AnnieEdisonGCC @TroyTBone09 @AbedsTweets Um, doofuses, return emails much? Sorry, harsh. Anthro = 10am // #NBCCommunity Expand 23 Sep 10 Abed Nadir AbedsTweets @TroyTBone09 we can't? okay, brainstorming new concepts. May 23 Sep 10 创need to loop in @SimonPegg // #NBCCommunity Expand Troy Barnes @TroyTBone09 @AbedsTweets I think we have a class, can't just start the year playing paintball dude // #NBCCommunity Expand 23 Sep 10 Troy Barnes @TroyTBone09 school tomorrow. Sweater: smooth. New lingo: dopium. Snood: loaded on graph calculator #WhatWhat // #NBCCommunity Expand 23 Sep 10 Shirley Bennett @Shirley GCC YAY!!! ANTHROPOLOGY! can't wait to hear names other cultures have for Jesus! // #NBCCommunity Expand 23 Sep 10


The first fan site Community-TV[22] was launched via LiveJournal on September 18th, 2009, the day after the pilot episode aired. As of July 2012, This community has more than 4000 posts and 3752 members. On Tumblr, there are several Community themed single topic blogs, including one dedicated to GIFs[23] from the show and another dedicated to illustrating the tropes[24] used in the show. These fan communities are also known for using several catchphrases associated with the show's characters, such as Abed’s “coolcoolcoolcool”[46] and Magnitude’s “Pop Pop.”[47], as well as puns made by the characters Senor Chang[48] and Dean Pelton.[49] The fans of the show also maintain an active presence on social networking sites including LiveJournal, Twitter and Tumblr[21], where they interact with each other as well as cast members directly involved with the show.

"Save Community" Petition

When Community was put on an indefinite hiatus beginning on December 8th, 2011[31], an online petition[32] to save the show was immediately launched, earning 97,201 signatures as of July 2012. On Twitter, the hashtags #SaveCommunity[33]and #SixSeasonsAndAMovie[34] began to trend, while a Save Community page[35] was launched on Facebook, which has more than 10,000 likes. On YouTube, fan-made videos calling on other fans to take action (shown below, left) began to surface and College Humor released a skit starring cast members from the show (shown below, right).

Many of these videos referred to the cancellation of the show as “the Darkest Timeline,”[36] referencing the season three episode “Remedial Chaos Theory,” in which six different timelines of the same event are presented. The online reactions to the production hiatus culminated in real life flash mob outside of NBC’s offices in Rockefeller Plaza[37] on December 22nd, 2011, during which a group of fans sang “O Christmas Troy”[38] from the first season’s episode “Comparative Religion.”[39]

In the wake of the fan protests, Community returned on air in March 2012[40] with better ratings than the previous season three episodes. It was subsequently renewed for a fourth season with new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio in a Friday 8:30pm timeslot. In July 2012, Port and Guarascio appeared on a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con stating that they had no desire to change anything about the show.[41]

Journey to The Center of Hawkthorne

In June 2011, a group of fans led by Redditor Deferman announced a plan to create a 16-bit Community video game titled "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne," inspired by the fictional game with the same name that appeared in an episode titled "Digital Estate Planning" in May. The game is available for free download and it has been routinely updated with new level stages, enemies and fan-designed costumes. As of February 2013, the title remains a work in progress and the /r/Hawkthrone subreddit, which serves as the hub of the project for fans and video game developers involved in the process, has attracted more than 12,000 Redditors.

Fan Art

As of July 2012, there are at least 463 fan works on deviantArt[42] featuring Community characters and 722 stories tagged under Community on[43] Harmon has recognized the Shipping section of the fandom in an interview with Vulture in 2011, stating that shippers were the first indication the show was positively affecting people.[44]


There are also several musical tributes to show, most notably DJ Steve Porter's Community-themed remixes which are available on his YouTube channel.[45]


In the episode "App Development and Condiments" aired on March 6th, 2014, Dean Pelton (portrayed by Jim Rash) introduces his latest project MeowMeowBeenz, a mobile social networking app that allows its users to rate others on a scale of one to five. Despite its generic feature, the app becomes extremely popular across the Greendale Community College, leading to a new world order in the social hierarchy on campus.

On March 7th, the day after the episode broadcast, Redditor pnewhook created a subreddit community[54] named after the fictitious app with a mission to crowd-develop the app for the fans of the show. That same day, the official website[55] was launched with a pre-launch registration form, which drew more than 1,300 subscribers within 24 hours, as well as a YouTube demo video of the app's interface (shown below).

Donde Esta La Biblioteca / Spanish Rap

Donde Esta La Biblioteca is a YouTube fad revolving around a Spanish rap from the closing credis of the episode "Spanish 101."[50] The phrase “donde esta la biblioteca” translates to “where is the library?” in English. It is often one of the first phrases taught in beginner’s Spanish class. YouTubers either remix the original song or reenact the scene while rapping in another language.

I Have The Weirdest Boner

I Have The Weirdest Boner is a catchphrase often found in image macros where the subject is either making an odd expression or is in a situation where it would be inappropriate to have an erection. The phrase came from the February 4th, 2010 episode “Romantic Expressionism”[51], where Donald Glover’s character is sitting at a desk and says “I have the weirdest boner."


Senor Chang's "Ha, Gay!"

"Ha, Gay!" is a catchphrase attributed to Señor Ben Chang in the episode “Anthropology 101”, where Jeff Winger tries to inspire his students by saying “the most important tool is respect,” to which Señor Chang responds “Gayyyyy.” Because of Chang’s unusual enunciation of the word, the scene has lent itself to many parodies and YouTubePoop remixes on YouTube.

Streets Ahead

Streets Ahead is a catchphrase first used by Twitter user @amyfairycakes who claimed that Glee and Modern Family were "streets ahead" of Community. Dan Harmon retweeted her sentiment and spent the next month, using the phrase to mock her.[53] Harmon wrote the phrase into the script of April 23rd, 2010 episode "Contemporary American Poultry"[52], when Chevy Chase's character tried to push the term throughout the episode.

Search Interest

External References

[1] Wikipedia – Dan Harmon

[2] – Fine writing spurs Chevy to move to ‘Community'

[3] Wikipedia – Joel McHale

[4] Wikipedia – Allison Brie

[5] Wikipedia – Chevy Chase

[6] Dan Harmon Poops – Hey, did I miss anything?

[7] AV Club – Why Dan Harmon’s firing from Community is just the latest shot in an increasingly familiar showrunner-vs.-network battle

[8] Gawker –

[9] Wikipedia – Ken Jeong

[10] Wikipedia – Community | Ratings

[11] Metacritic – Community Season 2

[12] A.V. Club – The 25 best television series of 2010

[13] IGN – Best Comedy Series of 2010

[14] IGN – Best Comedy Series of 2011

[15] Paste – The 25 Best TV Shows of 2011

[16] The Huffington Post – Best Television Shows of 2011

[17] Hulu – Best of 2011

[18] – Top 100 of Everything 2011, Items 10-1

[19] Wikipedia – Community | Awards and Nominations

[20] Wikipedia – 1st PAAFTJ Television Awards

[21] Fanlore – Community (2009)

[22] LiveJournal – Community-TV

[23] Tumblr – Community GIFs

[24] Tumblr – Community TV Tropes

[25] Facebook – Community

[26] Twitter – @nbccommunity

[27] Tumblr – NBC TV | Posts tagged "Community"

[28] Greendale Community College

[29] NBC Community – Webisodes

[30] Twitter – @nbccommunity's List of Character Accounts

[31] CNN Showbiz – NBC Puts Community on Hiatus


[33] Twitter – Search results for #savecommunity

[34] Twitter – Search results for #sixseasonsandamovie

[35] Facebook – Save "Community"

[36] Community Wiki – The Darkest Timeline

[37] Reuters – "Community" flash mob: fans hope to save NBC comedy

[38] Huffington Post – 'Community' Fans Have Flash Mob At NBC To Save Greendale (VIDEO)

[39] IMDb – Community – Comparative Religion

[40] HitFix – Review: 'Community' tries to be 'normal' in its return from hiatus

[41] E! Online – Comic-Con 2012: What Will Community's Fourth Season Look Like?

[42] deviantArt – Search results for Community NBC

[43] – Community stories

[44] Vulture – The Showrunner Transcript: Community’s Dan Harmon on Finale Cameos and Season-Long Lessons

[45] YouTube – DJ Steve Porter's Channel

[46] YouTube – Abed – Cool. Cool Cool Cool

[47] YouTube – Community: Magnitude [Pop Pop]

[48] YouTube – Community: Chang's Bad Puns

[49] Tumblr – Dean Puns are Best Puns

[50] Hulu – Community: Spanish 101

[51] Hulu – Community: Romantic Expressionism

[52] Hulu – Community: Contemporary American Poultry

[53] Earn This – Community is “streets ahead” of the rest

[54] Reddit – Rate Everything

[55] – MeowMeowBeenz | Sign Up

[56] AV Club – Season 4

[57] E! Online – Community Canceled by NBC

[58] Twitter – Joel McHale

[59] Twitter – Gillian Jacobs

[60] Twitter – Ken Jeong

[61] Twitter – Dan Harmon

[62] Topsy – #darkesttimeline

[63] Topsy – YahooScreen

[64] HitFix – 'Community' renewed by Yahoo for sixth season; movie to follow?

[65] Twitter – joelmchale

[66] Twitter – GillianJacobs

[67] The Hollywood Reporter – 'Community' Revival: Sony Exec Talks Studio Persistence, Movie Odds

[68] Twitter – Dan Harmon's Tweet

[69] Twitter – Megan Ganz's Tweet

[70] Twitter – Dan Harmon's Tweet

[71] Twitter – Megan Ganz's Tweet

[72] The Mary Sue – Writer Megan Ganz Bravely Calls Out Dan Harmon for His Abusive Behavior as a Showrunner

[73] VICE – Dan Harmon Admitted Treating a Female 'Community' Writer 'Like Garbage'

[74] AV Club – Former Community writer Megan Ganz calls out Dan Harmon for misconduct

[75] Deadline – Dan Harmon Apologizes To Former ‘Community’ Writer For Inappropriate Behavior, Abuse Of Power

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