Trivia / Community

  • Acclaimed Flop: The series got rave reviews during its run on NBC, but got very low ratings. It could be the Arrested Development of The New Tens.
  • Accidentally Accurate: Evil!Jeff's comment that naming a sandwich the "Troy-jan Horse" would just make people think horse meat was in it, from "Advanced Introduction To Finality". Between the episode being filmed in late 2012 & airing in May 2013, the story broke in Europe that horse meat had been included in foods supposedly containing beef.
  • Actor-Shared Background: A number of incidental details about actors transfer to their characters. For example, both Abed and Danny Pudi are half-Polish on their mother's side; while Troy, like Donald Glover, was raised a Jehovah's Witness. Annie mentions her birthday as being in late December, which might mean that she shares Alison Brie's birthday (December 29th).
  • Ascended Fanon: A common Alternate Character Interpretation for Leonard was that he's always acting so coarse and wild because he's living the young teen college experience he never got to have. "For A Few Paintballs More" featured Leonard confiding in Britta he has been in several wars.
    • The overwhelming fan response to the semi-accidental Jeff/Annie pairing seems to have influenced writers to have Jeff/Annie make out in the season 1 finale.
    • They also have a significant moment in the sixth season finale.
  • Bonus Material:
    • The first season DVD set comes with a short Kickpuncher comic written by Troy and illustrated by fellow student Jim Mahfood, DVD Commentary, extended cuts of certain episodes, Hilarious Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, the "Study Break" shorts, and a couple new sketches.
    • The interiors of the DVD cases are designed as yearbooks, Greendale brochures and even Abed's notebook from Cooperative Calligraphy.
    • Among the many tidbits included are (presumably canon) hometowns for the main characters. Strangely, everyone is kinda paired off in this respect: Jeff and Shirley are from Denver, Abed and Britta from Riverside, Annie and Troy from Greendale itself, and Pierce and Chang are from out-of-state (Wyoming and California respectively).
      • Season 3 episode Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism shows shared flashbacks of Shirley and Jeff as children, and while they don't specify that it's Denver it does confirm that they grew up in the same place.
  • Creative Differences: Chevy Chase has frequently been vocally dismissive of the quality of the show, with numerous reports of backstage arguments about the direction of the show and his character and a notable feud with creator Dan Harmon. His decision to quit the show in November 2012 came from Chase's displeasure an Pierce's increased bigotry. He was willing to film a brief cameo appearance in the season 5 premiere, however, suggesting that the rift between himself and Harmon has been exaggerated to a degree.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Outside of praising the other members of the cast Chevy Chase rarely seems to have much in the way of praise to say about the show. In part, Chevy would appear to have issues with Pierce's ever increasing bigotry.
    • Several of Donald Glover's songs as Childish Gambino have lyrics that can be interpreted, if not outright stating, that he wants to leave the show.
    • Dino Stamatopoulos expressed discomfort with playing Star-Burns, citing the amount of hours required to wait on set, his dislike of having to be touched so often so that the make-up for his character could be applied, difficulty with learning his (limited) lines, annoyance with Joel McHale (specifically regarding a conversation about Stamatopoulos' teeth), and feeling like there wasn't really much to the character. He also expressed anger when Dan Harmon was fired from the show following Season 3, and refused to reprise the role until Harmon was eventually brought back on for Season 5.
    • Dan Harmon had a major backlash to season 4 when he finally watched it after being rehired to the show for the fifth season, to the point he actually apologised over it.
    • In a very mild example, Joel McHale has complained (Notably on the commentary track for "Advanced Introduction to Finality") that the DVDs only feature the episodes as they originally aired, rather than including extended cuts due to the number of scenes that have to be cut to meet an ever shrinking running time.
  • Creator Killer: Season 6's underwhelming reception (coupled with the underwhelming reception of the rest of Yahoo Screen's premiere slate and a buggy proprietary media player) led to Yahoo Screen being shut down after a single season.
  • Dawson Casting: As of Season 1, Troy and Annie were (respectively) 19 and 18, being played by a 26-year-old and a 27-year-old. Jeff even comments that Annie is still a little too young to be "sexualized," in spite of the actress's age. It's especially weird in light of the fact that Gillian Jacobs is the same age as Alison Brie, but playing a character her own age. It's unclear how old Abed is supposed to be, but Danny Pudi was 31 at the start of the show, and he's never implied to be that much older than Troy. In fact, at least one episode implies that he's also a recent High School grad, with his father paying for tuition.
  • Defictionalization: Screener DVDs were packaged with cootie catchers based on the opening credits sequence.
  • Dueling Shows:
    • Originally ran against another Post Modern primetime sitcom about a ragtag Five-Token Band of misfits in school, Glee.
    • Season 2 changes some of the focus to $#*! My Dad Says, with a sub plot about Troy's twitter account, Old White Man Says, collecting the insane rantings of Pierce with Pierce wanting to cash in on it with a sitcom. The series premiere of that show was even the same night as the season 2 premiere (which had that Troy subplot).
    • In part due to the focus on nerdom in general, and later being put up against each other in the same time slot, there is a certain rivalry with 'The Big Bang Theory''. It's probably more apparently between the fandoms rather than anything else.
  • Executive Meddling:
  • Fan Community Nickname: Greendale Human Beings.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: It was announced that Community would in fact return for a fourth season...at 8:30 PM on Fridays. Cue fandom terror. And then the show aired in it's original Thursday time slot after NBC cancelled a number of their new shows before mid-season.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Donald Glover is basically left to his own devices in several scenes.
  • McLeaned: Chevy Chase's departure being as acrimonious as it was, this was perhaps inevitably Pierce's fate.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Despite the critical acclaim and passionate fanbase, Chevy Chase has been very outspoken in his disdain for the show, from calling his decision to join a "mistake", to his run-ins with eventually-ousted Dan Harmon, to criticizing sitcoms as "the lowest form of television." He's stated that the paycheck and his castmates are the only things that keep him showing up.
    • Chase appears to have something of a dislike of working in television in general, not just the show, although he has raised a lot of specific criticisms and complaints of the show specifically, including its perceivedly frequent Tastes Like Diabetes moments. The latter part about working with his castmates being one of the only things bringing him back is also slightly ironic in that his castmates often tend to make fun of him in very public ways (albeit often precisely because he's always dissing the show in public).
  • Mutually Fictional: with Cougar Town. Danny Pudi cameoed in the second-season finale of Cougar Town and it's pretty clear that he's playing Abed. That means Abed lied about lying about being an extra on Cougar Town, although the details are a little different than he described in "Critical Film Studies". In Cougar Town, one character referenced buying the Community box set.
  • No Export for You: The Season 5 DVD set launched a week early in Europe, but without any of the bonus features featured on the release. Even more shockingly, is that the extras were not only advertised, but it took complaints from confused customers for websites like Amazon to alter the product listing on their websites.
  • One of Us:
    • Dan Harmon.
    • Tough-guy actor Jonathan Banks blames his participation in this show on the fact that he's become a regular D&D player.
  • Playing Against Type: Most of Chevy Chase's most well-known characters are generally smooth, suave and the smartest person in the room. Pierce Hawthorne... not so much.
  • Production Posse: With Channel101:
    • Abed is based on Channel101 star Abed Gheith, who Dan Harmon pushed for to get the role.
    • Fellow Channel 101 alumni Sona Panos, Dave Seger and David B. Lyons work on the series under Harmon.
    • Chevy Chase, John Oliver and Joel McHale all had cameo roles in Episode 9 of Harmon's Channel 101 series Water and Power.
    • The Dean Craig Pelton and Professor Ian Duncan are named after Channel 101 stars Dean Pelton and Ian Duncan. Dean told me Dan's just lazy with names.
    • Abed's Britta, Abed's Annie and Abed's Abed are all played by 101ers (Jenny Flack, Kelsy Abbott and Sandeep Parikh, respectively.)
    • The Cast attended the Channel 101 "Channy" awards: Footage here and here.
    • Additionally, the other members and acquaintances of Donald Glover's sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy have a cameo helping Pierce write jokes in "Romantic Expressionism". (D.C. Pierson had previously appeared in "Investigative Journalism".)
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Professor Duncan disappears between seasons 2 & 5 due to John Oliver's work on The Daily Show.
    • Pierce being killed off early in Season 5 was to account for Chevy Chase's severance agreement stating he couldn't step foot on the Community set again.
    • Troy left, because Donald Glover wanted to focus on his music career
    • Shirley is leaving in Season Six, was so Yvette could take care of her ailing father.
    • The roof collapse due to an excessive amount of frisbees lost there in the season 6 premiere was written to explain the pillars throughout the cafeteria, a by-product of the show moving to a different soundstage that happened to be in a basement.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • The firing of Dan Harmon after season 3.
    • Cutting seasons 4 & 5 down to 13 episodes, so the seasons never managed to build any momentum
    • The show's cancellation at the end of season 5 in the face of the long standing fan campaign for 6 seasons.
    • NBC repeatedly cutting the show's budget - with the move to Yahoo Screen with season 6, it's been noted that they've been able to shoot outside for the first timenote  since the show's second season.
    • Then Yahoo ended up deeming the series a financial failure and canceled it after the sixth season, writing it along with two other shows off their assets in a total loss of $42 million.
  • Trope Namer: For Camping a Crapper.
  • Troubled Production: Partially due to the budget cuts instated by NBC, the showrunners were scrambling to meet deadlines for their shows, with Chevy Chase saying in his Reddit AMA would lead to *sixteen to twenty hour work days*.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • They were going to do a Nicolas Cage episode. They made it.
    • The statue in the Greendale courtyard was originally supposed to be Mark Hamill, but he declined (and apparently very graciously, according to Harmon).
    • According to Harmon, his first two choices for Pierce were John Cleese and Patrick Stewart. He was also keen to try and get Fred Willard.
    • Greg Cromer, who played Rich, was the runner up for Jeff. Had The IT Crowd gotten picked up, he would have gotten the role since Joel McHale would have been unavailable.
    • The show was originally supposed to tell a self-contained story spanning four seasons with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Harmon's firing for the fourth season destroyed that, so he ended up having to spend most of the fifth season resetting the status quo in order to resume the story where he left off...As of season 6, he said he's writing the show as if it's going to last 20 seasons.
    • In "Repilot" it is ultimately a hologram of Pierce that gets Jeff to abandon the law suit against Greendale. However, the script used at the table read instead featured the in-universe reveal that Star-Burns was alive, and he would serve the same purpose as the hologram; this was likely the plan if Chevy Chase hadn't agreed to shoot the cameo.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Community Wiki.
  • Word of God: Abed's "quirks" were, according to this link intended to be some form of autism based on Harmon's own Self-Diagnosis on internet tests, although "Competitive Ecology" has him imply that he is also face-blind.
  • Writer Revolt:
    • The NBC mandated "Green Week" was lambasted by having the Dean & Enviromental Club waste materials in an attempt to promote Greendale's own Green Week.
    • In an example of the actors revolting, Joel McHale led the cast in getting Dan Harmon rehired for the fifth season.
  • Write What You Know: According to The Other Wiki, Community is based on Dan Harmon's own community-college days, and Jeff is based on his younger, more self-centered self.
  • You Look Familiar: Paget Brewster appears as IT administrator Debra Chambers in season 5 episode "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" before appearing as Season 6 regular Frankie Dart.

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