Community follows the lives of the staff and students at Greendale Community College. While some critics have been rather harsh on the show, fans have showed strong support, so much so that it was saved for renewal even after a drop in ratings.
The cast includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and many others. The show started when former lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is found out to have faked his Bachelor’s degree. He ends up attending community college, where he finds an attractive girl in his Spanish class. In a desperate attempt to get together with her, he forms a Spanish study group. While his original plan was just to meet the girl he “loved,” he comes to find that many other Spanish students have chosen to attend the group and, in the end, the students form an unlikely community of misfit friends and the series follows their lives and personal pursuits.
Fans have rated the show high, with 8.6/10 on IMDb, and 8.4/10 on TV.com. RottenTomatoes.com users have given it a fresh 87%. Despite the love from fans, critics have still been harsh on the series, with many saying things like “I’m inclined to think it’s time for everybody to graduate from Greendale Community College, and get on with their lives” (Oregonian).
The recent negativity from the critics (and some viewers) is likely the cause of the changes in filming and cast that has just occurred. Originally airing on NBC, Yahoo Screen has just taken it over in March, much to the dismay of fans. Yahoo Screen is an attempt to be like Netflix and Hulu, but it has been called a colossal failure, and fans of this particular show are agreeing.
With many insulting the show’s recent performance, diehard fans of the series are still giving it a chance, with The Popcorn Junkie advising that people “don’t write off the new season in the age of Yahoo.” While some have agreed and are giving the newest season a chance, many critics are continuing with their insults, and many fans of the original seasons have asked that it be laid to rest while still on a high note.
But, the mixed reviews don’t appear to be stopping Yahoo yet, and the current season is still underway, with some fans staying on board to see what happens.
The pilot episode had just under 8 million viewers, but recent episode premieres have come out at the lowest yet, leading to more insults from critics and fans of the show. Yahoo is showing hope for the series though, and the sixth season’s outcome will determine whether or not Community is brought back for another installment.
The last episode of season 6 is expected to come out in June, 2015. Even though some fans have already ditched the quirky comedy and requested the old show back, many fans have stayed on board to see what happens this season.
Yahoo is showing hope that they can keep the series going, and seem to be blocking out the critical reviews, just like NBC once did. No matter what’s in store for the future of Community, fans are sure to return to the older episodes which at one time could be seen on Comedy Central, but lately fans have said it’s unclear what networks Community will continue airing on with Yahoo picking up the show.
Either way, Community still has a chance to redeem itself among fans, and possibly discover new viewers. While Yahoo Screen isn’t nearly as popular as Netflix and similar services, it’s possible Community itself will bring new viewers to the platform by spreading the word about the show’s it has available.
In the meantime, fans and critics will have to wait and see the outcome. Season 6 will be the determining factor in whether Community ends on Yahoo or continues into a new season, and the hope for one or the other seems to be split down the middle.
Fans who have stayed loyal are continuing with the chance to see Community on Yahoo, even if it happens to be the show’s final hours. Critics are predicting the end of the series, but, to be fair, many have been trying to do that for years. It’s unknown whether Yahoo’s continuation of the unique comedy will make or break the series, but there’s a big chance that a little good is in it for all, especially since it brings attention to the Yahoo Screen platform and gives fans a chance to continue watching the community college sitcom.