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Promises Made, Promises Kept: The ‘Community’ Movie Is Really Happening

Promises Made, Promises Kept: The ‘Community’ Movie Is Really Happening

Rumors of a Community movie are nearly as old as the TV show itself. Fans of the show — of whom there are relatively few, but they (we) are very devoted — have a very old meme about “six seasons and a movie.” The show followed through on six seasons with a wing and a prayer. And now, the movie is happening too.

As widely rumored following interview teases from show creator Dan Harmon a few weeks back, Community has officially announced that the movie is a go. And if we’re reading the tea leaves right, it’ll be streaming on Peacock, which would represent something of a homecoming for the show.

It’s good news for Human Beings everywhere and very on brand, as Community‘s whole entire thing during its shoestring six seasons was as a well-loved but little-watched sitcom forever on the verge of cancelation. It’s ironic, given how many stars it launched into the atmosphere. Allison Brie, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale and Ken Jeong all got a huge career bump out of their time on Community, and the show caught some pre-household name time with the likes of John Oliver, Brie Larson, Kumail Nanjiani and future Avengers helmers the Russo brothers.

During Community‘s peak, Parks and Rec was the most beloved sitcom on TV while 30 Rock had the most gags per second. But Community was the slyest, weaving its own meta commentary into an endless feedback loop of jokes about sitcom tropes that became tropes themselves before becoming jokes again. It made for some delicious fun from 2009 to 2015 when the show aired. Will it still work in whenever this movie comes out? For more on that, we’ll have to check in with the only real experts we’ve got on the subject: Troy and Abed in the moooorning.

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