Dan Harmon says Community died in Season 5, the moment Donald Glover left

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Aug 9, 2017, 4:12 PM EDT

It started as a joke and became a mantra: six seasons and a movie. The cult hit, sci-fi-tinged sitcom Community made it six seasons (with the final run on a now-defunct streaming service from Yahoo!), but according to series creator Dan Harmon, the show actually died in Season 5.

Community lived its life as a low-rated but beloved comedy on NBC, surviving on the bubble for five years. One reason it was so darn good? The chemistry between the fantastic cast, led by breakout performances from now-A-listers like Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and Donald Glover. When that fell apart, so did the show. Chevy Chase left the cast after Season 4, but it was Glover’s exit in the middle of Season 5 that was the real nail in the coffin — at least according to series creator Dan Harmon.

Harmon told The Hollywood Reporter:

“I needed to convince myself that Donald leaving wasn’t the death of the show. But now that it’s all over, I think we can agree that it was.”

Thanks to the perspective hindsight provides, Harmon said he’s come to realize that Glover leaving the series was something that really messed up the essence of the show. The chemistry between Glover and Danny Pudi was a huge component of what made Community work. Without Glover? It felt rudderless. Though even a less-good Community was still better than 95 percent of the comedies on television. So yeah, there’s that.

With fans still holding out hope for a film revival, you’d have to think Harmon has Glover on speed dial. Maybe he can find time between his award-winning FX drama Atlanta and show-stealing cameos in the MCU.

What do you think? Was Community ever the same after Glover left?


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)