In the ramp-up to Community's fifth season, fans' anticipation was all about the return of series creator and showrunner Dan Harmon. But as the season drew even nearer, a seemingly endless parade of guest stars was announced, the likes of which could have filled an entire season of Hollywood Game Night

And now Season 5 has come and gone, and the sour taste of Season 4 is but a distant memory. But what about those guest stars? Did they live up to the billing? With no reason other than "because we can," we've decided to revisit Community's Season 5 guest stars and rate each one of them on a scale of one to five MeowMeowBeenz (MMBz). Share your own ratings in the comments!

Note: This story only covers guest stars who were new in Season 5, so you won't find Rob Corddry's Alan, Levar Burton's Levar Burton, or Brie Larson's Rachel in the listings below.


Walton Goggins


Where you know him from: Boyd Crowder on Justified, Shane on The Shield, Venus van Dam on Sons of Anarchy

Who'd he play on Community?: Mr. Stone, the representative of Pierce Hawthorne's estate in "Cooperative Polygraphy" 

How the guest visit went: For most of the episode, Goggins was fairly reserved, acting as a simple mouthpiece for Pierce. But then came the end tag, where he came out of his shell and begged the study group to hang out and be friends with him in one of the episode's funniest moments. Guest appearance saved!

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Katie Leclerc


Where you know her from: Daphne on ABC Family's Switched at Birth

Who'd she play on Community?: Carol, Abed's deaf friend from "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking." Or as Britta put it, "another intense burst of compatibility with a girl that we'll never see again"

How the guest visit went: None of the guest stars in this episode were used very well, but Leclerc probably got the best material of all of them (not to mention the most screen time). Of course, that's not saying a whole lot, and in the end, Britta paid her off to ruin Abed's enjoyment of Bloodlines of Conquest with spoilers, and that is NOT COOL. 

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Kumail Nanjiani


Where you know him from: Dinesh on Silicon Valley, various characters on Portlandia, a whole ton of guest appearances on other shows, and sometimes Franklin & Bash 

Who'd he play on Community?: Lapari, one of the janitor underlings in "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" 

How the guest visit went: Not well. He barely had anything to do, and didn't even get to rattle off a joke. 

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Nathan Fillion


Where you know him from: Really? You don't know? Firefly, Castle, and Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog 

Who'd he play on Community?: Head Janitor Bob Waite in "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" 

How the guest visit went: Only slightly better than those of his fellow guest stars, mostly because he had more screen time. Fillion's sad face when his internet porn was blocked was a highlight, but other than that, he was criminally underused. 

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Paget Brewster


Where you know her from: Criminal Minds, where she played Emily Prentiss

Who'd she play on Community?: Debra Chambers, Greendale's network administrator

How the guest visit went: Quickly! Brewster was in the episode for 40 seconds (I counted) and then never heard from again. She did get to bemoan the fact that she had to park like a lunch lady, though. 

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Robert Patrick


Where you know him from: He's the T-1000 from Terminator 2

Who'd he play on Community?: Waldron, the head of parking from "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"

How the guest visit went: Patrick's visit was another quick turn from a big-name guest, but his character had the best lines of them all: "You know what takes my power away? Carpools... carpools organized through ride shares." "You can take the books off your head because we're done posturing." "You want to talk turkey, well gobble, gobble. I want ride shares gone."

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Brian Posehn & Steve Agee


Where you know them from: Sarah Silverman's gay friends on The Sarah Silverman Show 

Who'd they play on Community?: David and Bixel, the developers of the social networking app "MeowMeowBeenz" in "App Development and Condiments"

How the guest visit went: They quickly introduced the app and that was about it, but they also squeezed in a good dig in at Boost Mobile phones, and Posehn received a phone reminder to poop. 

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Mitch Hurwitz


Where you know him from: He's the creator of Arrested Development!

Who'd he play on Community?: Koogler! From "App Development and Condiments" 

How the guest visit went: Ummm... AWESOME. The Koogs was the five-meowmeowbeenz party animal of the school, hangin' with the ladies and parking in handicapped spots (that's just part of the Koogler style). Plus he got the end tag all to himself in an '80s movie trailer spoof that showcased just how Koogs the Koogs can be. 

MeowMeowBeenz rating: A perfect 


Tim Heideker & Eric Wareheim


Where you know them from: It's Tim & Eric! 

Who'd they play on Community?: A couple weirdos in "App Development and Condiments"

How the guest visit went: Strange, which was perfect for these two. Not only did they own their status as "Fours," but Tim thought he caught Britta and Jeff in a forbidden love between two people with different meowmeowbeenz ratings and admitted that he'd once loved a Two and would keep their secret. 

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Vince Gilligan


Where you know him from: He's the creator of Breaking Bad!

Who'd he play on Community?: Devon, star of the VCR game Pile of Bullets

How the guest visit went: Everyone should have been nervous about Gilligan's role since he had never acted before, but dammit, he was great. And as the only person who understands the rules of Pile of Bullets, he's invaluable.

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Gina Gershon


Where you know her from: You SHOULD know her from Bound and hopefully Showgirls, and if you don't, go rent both of those movies immediately and have a bottle of your-choice alcohol on hand

Who'd she play on Community?: Devon's wife in the end tag of "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"

How the guest visit went: She only appeared in the end tag, but this is how quick stunt casting should be done. Bring her in for a completely unrelated part of the story and wrap it up quick. That's a true cameo. 

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David Cross 


Where you know him from: Never-nude Tobias from Arrested Development, the non-Bob portion of Mr. Show

Who'd he play on Community?: Hickey's son Hank in "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"

How the guest visit went: Okay, but not that great. Cross is an outstanding performer, but his character was pretty forgettable in Community's second D&D outing. He did sing, though, and he really knew his way around D&D parlance. 

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Chris Elliott


Where you know him from: Get a LifeEagleheartThere's Something About Mary

Who'd he play on Community?: Russell Borchert, the founder of Greendale Computery College, which eventually became Greendale Community College. And apparently he had sex with computers and was never seen again... until "Basic Sandwich." 

How the guest visit went: See that blurb above? That's a fascinating character with backstory, and Elliott was great as the disgusting slob. Plus he's the only guest star who wore a ridiculous wig, and that goes a long way on lists like this one.

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Who was your favorite Season 5 guest star?


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AIRED ON 6/2/2015

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Am I the only one who thought Mitch Hurwitz' appearance was just plain awful? Don't get me wrong, he is a genius for creating Arrested Development, but he is a lousy actor. It just felt so incredibly forced. Unlike Vince Gilligan's bit. Walton Goggins for me is the winner of this poll.
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we need more random and funny articles like this one please. stop the soapy teenage drama recaps. more time on lists and ratings pieces!
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out of these, I only really cared about Nathan Fillion and maybe Kumail Nanjiani... but my favorite was Brie Larson returning.

might could've also mentioned Jen Kirkman in that photo with Tim & Eric, even though she's just a comic and has done Chelsea Lately's panel a lot, but I recognized her.
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I was super excited for the Nathan Fillion cameo and was disappointed that he was barely in the episode. Hopefully, he makes another appearance next season.
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They're not janitors, they're Custodial Staff dammit!
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I would be ecstatic if the six seasons "and a movie" movie starred Koogler, and barely featured the Greendale 7 (or 5 or whatever). Hurwitz has been KILLING IT at every opportunity at a guest spot .... Kroll show, Workaholics. Koogler even got the esteemed "Dangerfield" roll from 'Back to School' in the end credit movie trailer. So amazing.
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Boyd Crowder easily wins this one
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I will always pick Walton Goggings first, even for gym class. Although, Gilligan was so good, it took me a while to recognize him! Fillion, my love, you let them misuse you.
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The Koogler and the obligatory canister of semen.
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Dunno who was my favorite guest star, Mitch Hurwitz was a big surprise for me. I think Kumail Nanjiani and Nathan Fillion should have gotten more screen time.
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Paget Brewster, Goggins, Hurwitz and Tobias. Man, he got old.
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Goggins killed it. Seriousness of Shane Vendrell from The Shield and was as hilarious as Venus Van Dam on SOA. He is amazing.
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Loved Koogler, and whilst I am big fan of Vince Gilligan for his most famous creation I can't say I bought his acting at the end, maybe that's just me.
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I really wish they hadn't done any of these. They were all distracting, except Gina Gershon, who could have been anyone.
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Koogler was THE BEST, but Vince Gilligan never acted before and God he was amazing. I chose both of them.
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Mitch Hurwitz was definitely my favorite, but I loved Chris Elliott's Russell Borchert. Usually Chris Elliott calls a lot of attention to himself, which is part of his humor. Seeing him hidden under a lot of hair with hardly any lines was really funny.
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Most of this article is off base. Community has no obligation to gift its guest stars with meaty roles. The guest stars should serve the needs of the episode, not the other way around. A lot of this article is about the Cork episode. That episode was specifically designed to have a rapidfire series of cameos as the complex network of the school's administration was revealed. That was the premise of the episode, it either worked for you or it didn't. So going through each of the cameos and complaining they didn't get enough screen time is entirely missing the point. The only relevant questions are whether the cameo was acted well and whether the episode worked overall. I thought Fillion was great and did everything that was asked of him and I really enjoyed the episode overall because it was different and stimulating. Part of Community's genius is that it's never predictable and never repeats itself. We have to accept it on its own terms and that includes cameos.
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what about all the people from the finale's nbc promo gag?
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There no doubt that this show about getting renewed. It needs a proper series finale and hitting a 100th episode mark. More likely it needs to get renewed for its next season and probably the series finale will occur either as a 100th or after the 100th.
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I wish I were as confident as you.
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What are you trying to say, ben45tpy?
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"...this is how quick stunt casting should be done. Bring her in for a completely unrelated part of the story and wrap it up quick. That's a true cameo." You complained about them doing this with several other people. You're being even more inconsistant than usual, Tim.
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That's what I was telling him before!
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You forgot to list songwriter/actor Paul Williams who played the guy Shirley tried to sell the textbooks to.
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Koogler was awesome, but Borchert was perfect. I want him in season six.
Also, I want season six. ;)
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And a movie.
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Obviously.
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