Dan Harmon Just Tweet-confirmed His Return to Community, We Think


"Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back!" And with those words, it may be Dan Harmon to the rescue for one of network's best internet-age comedies. Nothing's been made official, but it appears that Harmon is returning to Community after a year off. Here's what he tweeted early Saturday morning:

Britta got in on the action, too, welcoming back her boss:

Harmon's tweet came after a sequence of other Community-related tweets from Harmon discussing "deal breakers" for his return to the NBC show, so it's reasonable to assume that he was staying on topic and the "I'm back" referred to Community. Yes, this is merry little prankster Harmon, but given the attention swirling his return, I'm inclined to think this is the real deal. I should also note that Chris McKenna, the executive producer who wrote "Remedial Chaos Theory" and "Paradigms of Human Memory" but left after Season 3, is also rumored to be returning. However, we still have the pesky "this is unofficial" obstacle to surmount before we can really break out the fruit punch.

I know I wrote that he shouldn't come back that he as a "gently go f*ck thyself" to Community's production studio Sony TV who, in my opinion, made a terrible and unjust decision to fire him in the first place. But now I'm glad he didn't take my advice, because I can't deny my excitement to have the salty sea captain steering the S.S. Community right through the icebergs of conformity once again. Either Harmon doesn't hold grudges like I do, he's eager to prove himself as the man, or the show's cast—Harmon specifically singled out Joel McHale as someone fans should thank for his return—convinced him to come back. Whatever the case, we're all winners.

Now the question is, "Can Dan Harmon return Community to the high quality of its first three seasons?" The answer, as Britta would say, is "Duh-doi!"


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EXCELLENT!!! Best news all summer.
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Maybe they'll make it so that season 4 was a dream and never happened.
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This is so unexpected, yet so AWESOME. YIPEEEEEE
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ah, what magical times we're living in... arrested development gets a new season, there's a veronica mars movie coming, doctor who turns 50 on screen, joss whedon does shakespeare and dan harmon returns to community. I'm taking a minute right now to just be happy I'm here and me right now, 'cause this is magnificent. :)
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Now we just need Doctor Horrible 2 and a new Serenity movie and all will be right with the universe!
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hehe, yeah... doctor horrible 2 I can see, it'll just be a question of time, a new serenity movie though... I don't know... I don't allow myself to hope for that anymore.
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This actually may make the whole Six Seasons and a movie a possibility, especially a one that would be worth remembering. As opposed it ending the way the 4th season ended.
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WOW. Just watched the latest GOT episode and this news really managed to cheer me up (which I thought impossible). So excited about his return, I'm sure the coming season will be full of awesomeness.
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I see a light at the end of the tunnel now. *Starts humming Daybreak*
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Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm so happy!
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Way to go, NBC! Community will, IMO, get to six seasons and a movie. :)
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I don't know why but NBC seems to be trying to make me happy. First they picked up Community and Hannibal for another season, now this! Is this for real?
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Maybe it's a dream that I hope we never wake up from if these good things keep happening.
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I don't think season four was a complete train wreck, but Harmon deserves his show back, and can do a better job, so hooray and thanks Joel!

Hopefully the full story will be an entertaining DVD feature at some point...
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OMG so happy. I hope this isnt a joke. Next thing you know Kripke is back on Supernatural. Wishful thinking.
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Stoked. Maybe with Dan back and potentially the writer/s as well we will get to six seasons and a movie afterall. Would be a great effort
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BringJeff back to Greendale isn't that hard. Old Jeff just wanted a degree as quikly as possible so he could go back to being a lawyer. New Jeff probably isn't going to want to be a lawyer, and therefore needs to go back to school to learn something else (probably not AC repair... but possibly hospital administration!)
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I figured the way they were going to keep him there was, after graduating he'd agree to teach one law class a semester. Knowing Jeff, and Greendale's standards, the class would be easy enough that he'd have more than enough time to hang with his pals.

Alternatively, some legal aide / advisor to the school.

The only down-side is, at one point it was stated he was fairly broke without having a job. And I double Greendale would be able to pay him much.
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Community is done, reunion tours are never good it should have finished after 3 series. This time next year when everyone realises that 1 man doesn't make a show maybe it will be killed off.
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He doesn't make the show himself, but he's what you linchpin.
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Somebody is salty...
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Community's witches are working overtime, it appears.
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Fred Willard is the worst comic "actor" ever. He ruins everything he touches, I dont understand how he gets work. No new Actor for Pierce, Just find a new character or use Chang
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"or use Chang" Only if they rework his character to make him better. His character has been going downhill fast ever since the beginning, and I'd hate for him to take a more prominent part in the series if that continues.
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Best story ever, best poll ever!
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Still in two minds... a LOT of work needs doing I'm afraid.
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Welcome back, good sir; we've missed you.
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Sooooo..... Fred Willard as Pierce or no Pierce? I vote Fred and only Abed thinks something's a bit off. heheh.

Yes I know Pierce graduated but Pierce being Pierce probably miscounted and still has a few more course to take. Like race relations maybe.
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Or maybe John Cleese - one of the other guys they first considered for Pierce.
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I am ecstatic about this news, I just hope by some miracle we get more than 13 episodes now. I do however disagree with the fans who feel season 4 should be completely retconned. Season 4 was terrible compared to seasons1-3, but I will feel cheated if it is completely thrown away that Jeff and Pierce graduated from Greendale, it was natural progression for Jeff and a suitable exit for Pierce. I would not mind however if all the other characters storylines are completely retconned, they ruined Annie this year, and for that it is a relief that Harmon is returning. I still enjoyed bits of season 4( the puppet episode(don't shoot me, I have a soft spot for muppets), and Rash's episode), but for the most part it sucked, and the return of Harmon leaves hope that season 5 will be more in line with the first 3.
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I hear you, but retconning everyone except Jeff's storyline just wouldn't work. It's gotta be everyone or no one. Either season 4 happened or it didn't. For consistency of character, and Dan's vision, I'm really hoping for the grandest retcon of all time.
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I reluctantly agree(even if I'm not thrilled with the idea that NBC caused a whole season of Community to be pointless), honestly retconning would be the best option, considering season 4 did more bad then good, but I'm still unsure on the idea, as long as it fixes the atrocities that everyone but Jeff was last season, but I trust in Dan Harmon that I will enjoy whatever direction he goes, he did after all set it up perfectly at the end of season 3. If the retcon does happen I can see the first scene just being Abed stepping out of his smaller dreamatorium, beginning a new, hopefully funnier, senior for Jeff.
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Oh Joel.... always making dreams come true
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This is wrinkling my brain...
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Now I am really excited, also be nice for fans to stop complaining
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Cool cool cool
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Is this the sign of NBC's second coming ? Hope so. Welcome back Mr. Harmon !
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They also renewed Hannibal...signs of the apocalypse?
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COOL COOL COOL NEWS!!!
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It's like christmas came 7 months early!
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I'M IN SHOCK!

I didn't think it would happen. I really didn't. Too many times have I been burned by false hope. But I am absolutely overjoyed to hear this news. I don't know how, when or why Sony and NBC decided to pull their heads out of their asses, but this is the best thing they have done for quality TV since they renewed Hannibal for a second season. Which was only a few days ago!

What is this strange and abnormal feeling I'm having for NBC? I think it's called... respect? My god, can this be possible?! I think I need to watch an episode of Revolution before this crazy feeling becomes permanent.

I don't quite know how any true fan of Community could not like this move. Say what you will about the quality of season 4 (I think at one point I compared it to the apocalypse), but having Dan back at the helm instantly gives Community credibility once again. It's his show, his characters, and obviously no one is better suited to bring it back to its former glory. I guess it took a disastrous season for NBC to realize what we've always known. Dan is the man!

Now, let's discuss season 5, and by that I mean the impact season 4 will have on it. I vote that season 4 be completely and utterly abolished. It never happened. There was no contrived Inspector Spacetime convention. Troy and Britta's non-relationship never took place. The puppet debacle was nothing but a bad dream. And Jeff never graduated. The now ousted showrunners may have given Jeff a halfway decent arc, but every other character was written in such a way that I'm sure Dan Harmon would not have approved of. Abed genuinely smiling? Annie demeaning herself by rubbing feet for grades? Troy alternating between a man-child and idiot? Britta being a passenger in her own relationship? Shirley doing... nothing? Pierce being kind and understanding?! No, no, no, these "character developments" can not be allowed to stand.

I'm sure Dan had a vision for these characters and there's no way season 4 even remotely followed it. There's any number of ways Dan could kibosh what I will now refer to as the "lost season", and I'm supremely confident his genius will be in full effect right from the beginning of season 5.

Maybe the whole season was the second darkest timeline?
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It's like Christmas and my birthday came early.
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So Pierce and Chang are gone and Harmon is back
Finally more focuse on the characters we love and THE DEAN !!!!!!
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Chang's not gone.
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Yes he is Ken Jeong (Chang/Kevin) took another job at another show
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Yeah he replied to Dan earlier on twitter - I feel sure he'll be back.
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It was not picked up.
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I don't know what to feel about this. As a fan of Community I guess I should be delighted. The show is Harmon's baby, having him on makes sense creatively, which hopefully makes the ratings improve and subsequently helps the show financially. However, I don't like it when these kind of storms happen behind the scenes. You never know what kind of concessions had to be made to get Harmon back. And are everyone happy? How content is Harmon knowing that he was ousted once, and now he is asked back? Does these kind of changes affect people on set or can everybody be professional about this? Should I worry less and just care about the quality of the show?

I can't help but to think about what happens behind the cameras, and having showrunners come and go does not necessarily give the best image of a show and how it's managed.
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Why would you worry about such things? Everybody knows NBC makes strange decisions when it comes to TV. The actors seem glad to have him back. It's a business - it will happen the way it happens. Who cares how the sausage is made - I just know - I loves me some sausage. Sausage sausage in my tummy, me so hungie me so hungie.
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This was a smart move on Dan Harmon's part. Not exactly smart but... noble I guess works. At the end of the day it shouldn't be about NBC. This was his show, his creation, his characters and I'm sure he couldn't wait to get it back in his hands. Most of the cast and crew are most likely his friends and they are all probably eager to try and get their show back to what it was. I wasn't one of the anti-4th-season-community fans (I certainly saw a difference but still enjoyed it) but I will be very excited to see Community get it's charm back and maybe... maaaaybee "6seasonsandamovie" will be a reality.
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I agree - well said.
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I think that Dan Harmon will return to a full season of Community hopefully !!!
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Question : How many episodes will there be ?
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Well I hope they treat him better than they did last time and given the craptastic bunch of shows that they ordered, and that other than Parks and Rec, NBC has NOTHING. Maybe, just maybe they will give it a prominent position on some night. Just not anything after 9 on Thursday, because that is reserved for Person of Interest. Welcome back Dan.

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I agree with you in theory cause POI is awesome - but it's been moved to Tuesdays at 10pm for the fall. Another cool thing bout Dan coming back is that it will allow Dino Stefanopoulos to return as Starburns (aka Alex) since he left in solidarity with Dan. Woop!
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Ah yes, that is right. POI is going to be on Tuesdays. Thanks for the correction.

And yes, Starburns can return!
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here's to not burning your bridges! like all would have assumed NBC and Sony might have done. If he and mckenna do return I can probably forgive the travesty and disloyalty that was season 4, which I still haven't seen 12 episodes of. fuck gimmicky crap like puppet episodes. especially when it looks like that's what the entire season was.

one problem I did have with harmon's community that it looks to be too late to right now is making pierce a pariah. much like senior chang it never really made sense to me to keep them on the outskirts.oh well.
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"fuck gimmicky crap like puppet episodes." Except when Dan Harmon does them. I thought there were plenty of great concept episodes in the first three seasons, but they just lost their soul in season 4 (along with a lot of other aspects of the show).
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I genuinely enjoyed the puppet episode, it was one of the two episodes I actually enjoyed this season. I know most hated it, but honestly it was not that far off from something Harmon would do, the premise of the episode was lacking though.
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I'll admit, I actually kind of liked that episode, more so than some other people seem to. But I wouldn't really say it was a great episode, and not really on par with a Dan Harmon concept episode, especially the somewhat weak secrets of the characters. Though, if there is one concept episode that I thought really worked, and was as close to Dan Harmon's Community that this season got (though I still wouldn't say it was quite there), it was the one Jim Rash wrote, "Basic Human Anatomy." That episode did a very good job with the concept, but it also tied in really nicely with the characters' story, specifically Troy and Britta's relationship (and the fact that it took a relationship that I cared nothing about, and thought was a huge waste of space, and actually used it well is a huge plus). It had that human core that was missing from a lot of episodes this season. Because of that episode, I really hope Jim Rash gets to write another episode this season.
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I don't know if I would call it great either, but besides the premise of the puppet episode, I thought it was a solid offering compared to most of season 4. I also genuinely enjoyed Jim Rash's episode, which is more than I can say for the rest of season 4.
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I knew he would but still - YAY! Six seasons and movie here we come! Also Community starts its syndicated airings on Comedy Central this fall so there is every chance that when it returns the audience will have grown. This is indeed the brightest timeline.
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While Harmon's return is enough for me to feel a lot more optimistic about the fifth season, I do hope that Chris McKenna is able to return as well. I'd also like the Russos back, but they're probably busy with Captain America. I think Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan are with Fox now, too. So I'd be ecstatic to see Harmon and McKenna both return.
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Okay, whatever?? I still feel he made some god awful eps too so I'm not doing cartwheels like most. But I think it's probably good to get back to a certain direction. I hope some more original concepts that aren't too far out but grounded in that true Community feel occur.
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the difference being none of "his episodes" made me question whether or not I was watching the community I knew and loved.
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I wouldn't quite say "none." I remember what I think was season 2 and when Pierce was in the hospital. Also had Levar Burton in it. Just thought that was abysmal.
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I love that episode...
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Some other tv news sites are reporting that it's official, but it doesn't look like they have anything besides the tweets to go by. I wish someone OFFICIAL would officially announce this, lol.
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He doesn't OFFICALLY sign the contracts til early next week - but it is a done deal - no need to wait for the authoritarian overlords at NBC or Sony to confirm what we already know - Dan Harmon is back as showrunner of Community for season 5!!! Woohoo and pop-pop!
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All we need know is for season 4 to be re-imagined as a hideous nightmare that never really happened and we're good to go!
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Never has a season long dream sequence sounded so good as a possible story line. This would put even Dallas to shame.
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I REALLY like this idea. By saying that season 4 was a nightmare, you are giving a reason for everyone to go back to college for one more year, as well as simultaneously giving a fuck you to NBC for the crappy season.
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Nah just have it so Jeff Winger gets sent back to Greendale for some sensitivity training or something OR The Dean forgot that Jeff actually needed one more class to graduate - a class that will (of course) be taught by The Dean. There are plenty of ways to go on and not retcon season 4.
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Wait, are you telling that NBC made TWO right decisions on the same week!?! IMPOSSIBLE.
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INCONCEIVABLE!!!
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BLESS YOU HARMON. Bring on Community Season 5. (Chris and Dino, please come back too)
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Good point - this also allows for the return of Starburns aka Alex - played by Dino. Can't. Freakin. Wait!
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When Community was renewed for season 5 I said I'd like them to come back with Dan Harmon in charge to erase season 4 from our collective memory.

Cool! cool cool cool!
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Also, if this is true... In one week, we got the return of Arrested Development, the renewal of Hannibal, and the return of Dan Harmon to Community. Great week for great television.
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Did anyone else see Gob eating Let's potato chips during one of the new episodes of Arrested Development or did I imagine it? Also, YEAH! DAN HARMON'S BACK (please let it be true!)
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I think the overlap may be mostly due to the Russo brothers, who helped create both Arrested Development and Community as the main directors and/or executive producers. Of course, the Russos don't work on either shows at the moment, but the history there might suggest they kinda brought em together.
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I saw it too. Even though their fanbases overlap, AD doesn't strike me as the kind of show that would make a Community reference, so my guess is that the Let's bag is a stock prop any show can use.
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They referenced a bunch of other tv shows during this new season (Modern Family being the most obvious) and Dan Harmon himself guest starred. I kind of think it was deliberate, what with all the tiny easter eggs they put in the show all the time and the fact that I've never seen the Let's brand on any other show/movie (although I definitely haven't seen all tv shows or movies)
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Good for him. Now season 5 needs to be 22 episodes long and we'll have everything in place for WORLD DOMINATION.

I'm glad to see he's excited to be back, it's better for the show to have him amped to make something good and unique than for him to have a chip on his shoulder.
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I know its so exciting, Dan is the bigger man. He is doing this for the fans and to prove to everyone that he can make a kick ass show. Didn't think I could love him more but I do!
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