It’s a miracle that it even survived this long, but it doesn’t make the sting hurt any less. NBC has officially pulled the plug on the cult hit, genre-busting sitcom Community.
The series has always teetered on the brink of cancellation with middling ratings, but clung to life on the shoulders of a fervent fan base and critical love. Heck, the series even survived the ouster of series creator Dan Harmon in season four, and his triumphant return for the fifth (and, apparently, final) season.
Despite the fact that it’s technically a sitcom, Community has become a fan favorite among the geek crowd thanks to episodes dealing with everything from alternate timelines to a hilariously cool Doctor Who spoof series. It’s also thrown out homages to RoboCop, the zombie genre, Die Hard, Batman and just about anything else you could imagine.
Fans have used the “Six Seasons and a Movie” rallying cry for a while now, based on a series in-joke from the early seasons, but it looks like Harmon’s little show will come up a season and feature film short. The final season averaged just 3.8 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, which was apparently too low to warrant one last reprieve.
Of course, with a series that has survived near-death more than a few times, there’s always the chance someone could swoop in and save it. For those wondering, Comedy Central already has the show’s off-network cable syndication rights, while Hulu has the digital streaming rights — so, fans, get to e-mailing.
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(Via Entertainment Weekly)