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Community: The Little Show that Could

I welcomed the Greendale study group of Community into my home every week that NBC allowed me to do so. I’m only sorry I won’t have the opportunity to do so anymore.

It still has not set in that I won’t have Jeff Winger, Britta Perry, Abed Nadir, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Troy Barnes, Craig Pelton, Ben Chang, and Pierce Hawthorne to laugh at anymore.

The NBC sitcom was one of the smartest sitcoms I’ve had the opportunity to watch and it’s right up there with 30 Rock, another staple of the NBC Thursday night lineup over the last decade. Series creator Dan Harmon was not afraid to be meta and do genre-based episodes. He wasn’t afraid to take risks.

While many sitcoms and dramas are lucky to get through their initial first season order, Community did so and soon became the veteran performer that NBC could count on when new sitcoms in their Thursday night lineup failed–such as this past season when all three new Thursday night sitcoms were canceled.

Would Community have been better served by starting out on TBS, USA, or Comedy Central instead? Probably. They would have been allowed to get away with so much more than they could do so at the 8 PM hour (Similarly, Revolution moving from the safe first season perch following The Voice at 10 PM to the family hour on Wednesday at 8 PM is what really killed the series).

I hope some network comes to Greendale’s rescue and saves Greendale for a sixth season.

To Dan Harmon, the writers, the crew, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, and Chevy Chase, I say thank you for allowing me to let you into my home for the last five seasons. I’ve never watched a sitcom pilot that just sucked me in on the very first scene.

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