Let’s all be thankful that the hilarious cult-favorite show is returning to its rightful place—on our television screens every Thursday night. After a painful hiatus full of online and physical protests, it is finally official. Announced on Twitter by the show’s creator, Don Harmon, Community will begin airing again on March 15th in its usual slot, Thursdays at 8 pm.
Community, the comedy about a diverse study group of students at a community college called Greendale, has proven to be one of the funniest, most clever shows currently on television.
However, apparently not enough viewers were lured in for sufficient ratings. NBC rearranged the midseason lineup and Community didn’t make the cut. “Here’s the problem with Community: It’s a guaranteed money-loser for NBC, no matter how many people on Twitter love it,” wrote Los Angeles Times’ Scott Collins on Twitter.
It makes sense. The show’s fantastic for the fans who already love it, but nobody else seems to have heard of it (despite its airing right before fan-favorites like The Office). All I wanted was an opinion from a Huntingtown student, but the only responses I got were vague no’s and questions about this mysterious, unknown show. Finally, Senior Gabby Gutierrez recognized the show. She was first introduced to the show in class for the showing of the episode on international relations and had a positive review, commenting, “I’ve only seen a few other episodes, but I really liked it. The character dynamics are really amusing because they’re all so random together. There’s like the hipster and the Christian mom and the old racist guy and together it’s so good. It’s completely different kind of humor, but it’s funny that way,”
For the few fans somewhere in the school, I think we can all agree that new fans need to be recruited to save Greendale from any future cancellations by NBC. Here are a few reasons to be curious about Community:
- Everyone loves Joel McHale. (You know, from The Soup!)
- The parodies are spot-on (When Glee took over Greendale, the study group made sure to constantly stress the importance of “regionals” after belting out a few musical numbers)
- Ken Jeong is hilarious as always. He’s the naked guy from The Hangover! In the show, he plays the ridiculous Spanish professor/campus cop wannabe
- You will learn so much from Abed, the pop culture robot genius, in a single episode
- The ridiculous storylines are fraught with pop culture references (When Troy is discovered to be a natural plummer/electrician, the Good Will Hunting allusion is priceless)
- You might recognize Donald Glover, who plays Troy (the former quarterback, now superhero-obsessed geek) from his stand-up on Comedy Central
- Donald is also an awesome rapper. Check out Childish Gambino