The Most Reasonable Reactions to Dan Harmon Re-Hired on "Community"
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The Most Reasonable Reactions to the News that Dan Harmon was Re-Hired on “Community”

By Rob Payne | Seriously Random Lists | June 3, 2013 | Comments ()


"Community" fans only had a few short, precious hours to sulk in the mourning glow of the frustrating season four finale, with the promise of a season five renewal, before rumors began to rain down from the Internet like paint from fire sprinklers over a puppy parade that fired showrunner and creator Dan Harmon could be unceremoniously re-hired by NBC. In light of the relative suddenness, it was only natural that the show's most bruised fans would find the return of the series' central vision and voice a much needed but too-good-to-be-true development. This was especially true before the Harmontown Mayor let something slip during a recent live show, where so much of his loyal audience receives a great deal of their "Community"-related news; so it makes a perfect sort of sense that Harmon's official-ish announcement would happen on the fandom's second favorite social network. Of course, one only has to look at "Family Guy" or "Futurama" to see that having the same lead creative doesn't necessarily equate a return to the glory days, though it's definitely promising. Then again, the return of writer Chris McKenna, who originally left the show in solidarity with his boss, might be just as significant as Harmon himself.

For all these reasons, if you're a fan of "Community" who's been dirt-roaded in the past, it's perfectly reasonable to act like this on the outside right now:

Even if on the inside we're reacting like this:

Now let Sting and the Police play us out...

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  • yocean

    Does this mean I have to watch Season 4 to understand season 5? Or are the gonna "Days of the Future Past" the Community and ignore the existence of that season?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    We'll just call it The Eleventh Doctor, or something.

  • Dano

    Season 4 was the darkest timeline.

  • brian

    fuck you asshole

  • Dano

    Yes, fuck me indeed. It's all my fault that they fired Dan Harmon and season 4 was awful. Or am I an asshole for merely pointing it out?

  • Jezzer

    Gosh, I sure hope he's a raging dickbag this time too, and that everyone will willfully overlook that while carrying grudges to the grave against Chevy Chase. Again. Some more.

  • Oh, yeah, I meant to respond to this. It's possible to appreciate the contributions of both Harmon and Chase while still acknowledging and regretting their faults. They're just human. Harmon made people work late hours at their job and has no problem calling out Chase on his shit, and vice versa. What monsters, right?

  • Jezzer

    Oh, I know it's possible to admit they both have flaws and both have made contributions. I just never see it happen. What I see happen is, "ZOMG DAN HARMON IS A GENIUS HOW COULD THEY FIRE HIM??? PS: CHEVY CHASE EAT A BAG OF DICKS."

  • e jerry powell

    I was already standing in front of the Chevy Chase haterade cooler since the late seventies anyway, so...

  • WampaLord

    Six Seasons and a Moooooovie!

  • greg

    you sound like an idiot
    probably because you are an idiot

  • Afferbeck

    "We're sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu's international availability, click here."

    Good stuff.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I'll say it again. Hulu: The word that makes every Canadian (or non-American) break out in spots. Whatever, we've still got The Beachcombers and The Littlest Hobo and Front Page Challenge and ...

    ...well, we've got moxie!

  • Fabius_Maximus


    Use the Hola Unblocker.

    Oddly, enough, it worked this time. However, the Youtube-Video was blocked for me.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Tell me more--I'm lazy and none too bright.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Don't undersell yourself. :)

    It's an add-on for Firefox or Chrome that circumvents country blockers. Hulu didn't work until now, apparently, but you still may get varying results depending on the site you want to access. NBC hasn't worked for me despite using the add-on.

    There isn't a list of sites that it unblocks on their site (only in the Windows app; see below), though, probably because of legal reasons. And I think it doesn't work with embedded Youtube videos. You don't have to configure the add-on; it either unblocks, or it doesn't.

    There is also a Windows program that allegedly makes your internet connection faster, but I didn't notice any changes when I tried it. I have a pretty fast connection, though. (Except to Youtube, because Youtube sucks. Or my provider does.)

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser


  • Mr_Zito

    That's really frustrating, I look at the video, see that it's hulu, but think "hey, maybe it will play this time." I'm sad now.

  • Rochelle

    Blame NBC. I always do.

  • zeke_the_pig


    You don't have to put up the white flag

    These days are over

    Joel McHale will get you your job right back

  • NateMan

    Even with Harmon back - which is certainly great news - I think there will be a lot of fans burned out on the changes and the drama. I also think Harmon's going to have to outdo himself to satisfy fans next season. If it even comes across as humdrum in any way, the message boards will explode with bitching and people will jump ship. I don't think there will be a 6th season.

    I hope they make it. At its worst, Community remains one of the funnier shows on network TV.

  • toblerone

    I disagree, and I'm just happy to have Harmon and Chris McKenna (who is responsible for some of Community's best episodes) back. I long ago chose to ignore the existence of Season 4.

    With Harmon back I now look at Season 4 as the darkest time line spun from Remedial Chaos Theory or a season long clip ship show in the vein of Paradigms of Human Memory.

    I also can't see there being a six season (since they will hit 100 episodes needed for syndication) but then I never thought it would get to 5. If Harmon keeps the costs down and actively tries to be a better show runner (he openly talked about his failings) then it could happen.

    Plus who would have thought there would be 6 Fast and Furious movies?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    It's already in syndication. If I had the channel, I could watch it on The Comedy Network in Canada. It must be playing in America if I can get it that frequently.

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