Community Canceled: NBC Nixes Joel McHale Comedy After Five Seasons
After five years, Community is graduating from the airwaves. NBC announced Friday, May 9, that the beloved comedy series is being canceled.
Led by showrunner Dan Harmon, Community aired for five seasons and starred Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Alison Brie, among others.
The show first premiered in September 2009 and followed a misfit group of students at a community college.
Though there have been rumors of a cancellation since 2011, Community earned an Emmy nomination for writing and won an Emmy award for animation in the years since. It also received nods from the Television Critics Association Awards, the TV Guide Awards, and the Annie Awards.
The cancellation prompted an outcry on social media from fans and members of the show. Harmon, 41, tweeted, "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."
Andy Bobrow, who served as a producer on the show, joked of Community's cult following, "I can only interpret this as a massive failure on the part of our horrible ungrateful fans." McHale chimed in, writing, "Thanks Community fans for being the greatest that have ever walked the earth & Thanks @danharmon for letting me be on the coolest show ever." Jacobs thanked Harmon and the fans as well, tweeting, "Thank you for the love, best fans in the world. Thank you @danharmon for the best job of my life. #ePluribusAnus"
Community wasn't alone in getting the ax. NBC also canceled Revolution, Crisis, and Believe.