Not even the famous Community hashtag #sixseasonsandamovie could prevent NBC from putting the show on hiatus, moving it to Fridays, firing its creator, ordering only half of Season 4, and then delaying the premiere for months. Twice.
But the buzz around the fandom’s first con,CommuniCon, may finally push the series to the forefront of NBC’s—and more importantly, Nielsen’s—attention.
The geekgasmic comedy has been unable to nab ratings despite a strong online fanbase and critical acclaim. It was just voted E’s “Best Comedy” for the second year in a row, and an episode from last season was nominated for a Hugo. But despite the fact that ratings have plummeted for the show every single year, that hasn’t stoppedCommunity’s fanbase from becoming one of the Internet’s largest. The widespread Internet love has worked, up to a point: During last year’s hiatus, the famous #sixseasonsandamovie Twitter push boosted the second post-hiatus episode to a whopping 4.75 million views.
But it still hasn’t been enough to guarantee that Communitywould actually make it to that fabled six season, and as Season 3 closed out the spring with dismal ratings, fans were hit with a double whammy: The show was booted off Thursday nights to the dreaded Friday death zone timeslot (though it was later restored to Thursdays), and beloved creator and showrunner, Dan Harmon, was fired.
Though NBC declared its love for the show, actions speak louder, and as fans reacted with vehement outpourings of outrage and grief, one of them, Gillian Morshedi, decided to take a little action of her own.
“The idea for CommuniCon started on Twitter,” she told the Daily Dot. “I started tweeting about the show right after the third season hiatus was announced, and became twitter friends with a lot of other fans pretty quickly… we’d reference the pipe dream of all getting together every so often.”
After the firing of Dan Harmon, Morshedi looked at what was happening to Communityand its fandom and realized they could all use a reason to hang out.
Art by Ben Deguzman