One show I decided to re-watch during this quarantine was Community. I watched the first three seasons when they were on TV and maybe some of the fourth, but really hadn’t seen any of them since they aired. So I didn’t remember too much, but did remember liking it. Well this re-watch definitely confirmed that. The show is so good, particularly the first three seasons (there are six seasons total, the first five were on NBC and the final season was strictly on the internet, something called Yahoo! Screen). It’s full of great jokes and loads of parodies and it’s wildly clever, creative, funny, weird, smart and original.
For me personally, it really knocks on the creative door in my mind. For example, I’ve always loved when shows do a Christmas episode. Take SNL for example, they dedicate pretty much all of a 90 minute episode in mid-December to Christmas and it’s given us some of the most memorable skits of all time. Stuff like that has always made me want to write for a show and do a Christmas episode. Community has four Christmas episodes, and they are among the absolute best. They’re each right up my alley and I can’t help but think I would very much enjoy doing something like that. The closest thing I would consider to it, is having done #25PostsofChristmas here at CE, which was a ton of fun.
The series finale, which I literally just watched, was surprisingly good too, even if the final season lacked what the ones before it had. I feel like it summed up what the show was all about. Here are two articles about the episode that I suggest checking out, as it also talks about the show overall. A few of the final lines of the show, given by a fake commercial announcer (show creator Dan Harmon) wrap it up perfectly, “Some episodes too conceptual to be funny, some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren’t funny. Consistency between seasons may vary... Show may be canceled and move to the internet, where it turns out tens of millions were watching, may not matter.”
They’ve often joked in the show about it being “six seasons and a movie” and the finale even had “#andamovie” at the end. I don’t know that a movie would work, or how/where it would be released, but I would be interested in more content. Here’s what Wiki said about a movie:
In July 2016, during an interview with Larry King Now, Harmon assured that a Community movie “will happen”, while expressing uncertainty on how to begin its production. In July 2017, in an interview with Time, Harmon stated regarding a Community movie, “I recently had a conversation with a director that’s the kind of guy whose weight in the industry could make that happen. For the first time in a long time, I’m actually putting thought into that again.” In November 2017, Harmon told The Wrap that both he and Justin Lin are working to make the movie happen.
In January 2018, series co-star Danny Pudi stated that the cast were still excited about the prospect of a film, stating, “We have a little text chain, so we’re always like, ‘We’re ready! We’re ready!'” On March 23, 2018, Joel McHale mentioned that he was still hopeful about the movie, while noting that he felt bringing back former castmate Donald Glover would be vital to make the film a success, though he was unsure if this would be feasible. McHale elaborated: “It would be great to do, I’d do it in a New York minute.”
When asked in an interview in June 2019 about doing a Community movie, Alison Brie said, “Yeah, I think I would.” She later added, “I mean, look, it’s like, are we going to do the movie? I feel like if the Community movie ever gets made, it should just be made for Netflix, and it would be fun to do, but, I think it would be best if we could get everyone to do it, so I feel like that might be difficult.” In a February 2020 Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread, Brie stated that she “actually got an interesting call about it this week” when questioned about a Community movie and said to “stay tuned”. In April 2020, during an interview with Collider, Joe Russo was asked if he and his brother Anthony would come back to do the movie. He stated, “We’d certainly be willing to do it. We love our Community family. That cast, we’re all still very close to all of them. It’d be schedule-depending for us. But I believe there will be a Community movie, especially now that it’s doing well on streaming. Someone like Netflix could step up and make the movie.”
It’s for sure a show I will go back to many more times. The rewatchabilty is off the charts and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t.