Against the Odds, NBC Renews Community for Season 5

By Tim Surette

May 11, 2013

Delta Cubes will never die! Or whatever. I can't explain it either, but despite dismal ratings and lots of backlash, NBC has gone and done the unexpected and renewed cult fave Community for a fifth season. The beloved comedy was barely hanging onto the bubble as the Upfronts approached, but its chances continued to improve throughout this week as NBC slowly axed nearly all of its other comedies

The decision comes the day after Community's Season 4 finale jumped up in ratings, all the way to a 1.3 rating. Yeah, that's not good by any means, but it's a positive sign that NBC was hoping for from one of its veteran comedies. Community joins Parks and Recreation on NBC's extremely short list of returning comedies. 

Look, I know a lot of you are going to be super excited about this renewal, and I'm happy for you. But I'm having trouble with this, given how I've felt about the lackluster Season 4. Do I like it more than Guys With Kids? Hell yeah. But which show are we going to get in Season 5? Community Seasons 1-3 or Community Season 4? I'm so confused I'm going to jump into a hole and stay there for five years. 

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  • figmented Jun 26, 2013

    how the fuck is guys with kids and 1600 penn better than community...those shows are utter rubbish and hella cheesyness. I've only watched guys with kids couple of times and eh. Not feeling it. Community rules!!!! #SixSeasonsAndAMovie
    Let me note that we need shows like community on TV for many reasons. Bring on the diversity of weirdos!!

  • tonypointer7 May 20, 2013

    the first time I had seen an episode of Community I couldn't stand more than a minute of it. Seriously I didn't see what the hype was. Finally after continuous coaxing from some friends I gave in and took a second look. Well. I can now say that I loved the first two seasons, insanely so. The third season looked like the writers had hit a wall as far as character development goes, and by the forth season it looked like the writers had finally noticed they hit that wall. but despite all that, I shall damn well continue watching Community! the first two seasons were more than enough reason to do so, not to mention the hopes of SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE! Its gonna happen! Abed said so, and Abed knows his sitcoms.

  • heatherheadache May 17, 2013

    I want to love Community soooo much - but I just can't anymore. I don't even want to see what they do to it in a fifth season.... season 4 just felt forced. No surprises and therefore no genuine laughs.

  • georgehofer39 May 17, 2013

    All I want is Jeff and Britta together .

  • adhibanator Jun 10, 2013

    Are you serious? I want to see Jeff and Annie together.

  • WilliamBarber Sep 03, 2013

    Britta and Annie ftw

  • RufusDriscoll May 17, 2013

    Honestly, whilst it may be a shadow of its former self, it's still a very enjoyable shadow and I will continue to watch it and enjoy it no matter what. Sure, most of the latest episode have been vaguely funny instead of laugh out loud funny but it's still better than 90% of the other comedy drivel out there. Keep it coming, although I will miss a bit of Chevy action.

  • serieldjinn May 15, 2013

    its gonna be awesome without chevy cus now chang can be the new 7th

  • ShreeyaJayara May 15, 2013

    I'm totally happy that Community's gotten another chance... but I'm really unhappy wiht the past season - the last episode was STRICTLY ALRIGHT! but the major part of the season has been MEH! I want the Community of seasons 1-3 back! Is that too much to ask? Season 4 just doesn't count!

  • jimman1 May 13, 2013

    Troy and Abed season five

  • JamieHaxby May 13, 2013

    Lots of backlash? You mean a single article on this site that was widely disagreed with?
    I hope that the new season learns some lessons from season 4- Let Jeff and Annie get together, let Troy and Britta have another chance, actually remember the character development from Seasons 2 and 3 aka respect the characters a bit more, let the Dean be more normal and less creepy stalkery, and bring back more of the classic musical themes.

  • thomaselderton May 13, 2013

    Wow I'm a huge fan of the show but I really didn't expect a fifth season! Awesome news... more Troy and Abed in the mooorning!!

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