Community: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)

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Season 5
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With Dan Harmon back as its show runner, Community returns with a familiar new energy and more fun, exciting adventures for the Greendale gang.

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Critic Ratings: 42

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User Ratings: 744

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Air date: Jan 2, 2014

In the Season 5 premiere, Jeff returns to Greendale to collect evidence for a lawsuit. Upon hearing news of Jeff's visit, the Dean organizes a reunion for the study group in hopes that Jeff is back to help save the school.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2014

Professor Hickey shows Jeff the ropes at Greendale and gives him advice for handling rowdy students; and Abed convinces the study group to take a new class with Professor Garrity.

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Air date: Jan 9, 2014

An anonymous bandit drops coins down people's pants, prompting Dean Pelton, Jeff and Annie to launch investigations. But when someone actually confesses, Jeff doesn't believe the story.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2014

A team of investigators grill the study group after Pierce's death in order to execute his will, leading the group to learn surprising things about one other.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2014

Abed organizes a going-away activity for Troy, and what starts as a fun game turns into a heated competition.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2014

Annie and Professor Hickey prepare for the midterm dance and must navigate power struggles with the custodial, IT and parking staff.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2014

Jeff gives Professor Duncan advice on seducing Britta. Meanwhile, Britta reconnects with old friends and realizes how they've changed; Abed accidentally damages Professor Hickey's drawings, which leads to the pair spending quality time together; and Chang performs a one-man show for an other-worldly audience.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Class war erupts when Greendale becomes a test site for a new social-network application. Competition for the highest score leaves Jeff and Shirley battling for supremacy and Britta protesting. Professor Hickey, meanwhile, goes underground to wait out the storm.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2014

Jeff, Shirley and Professor Hickey stumble upon a secret stash of textbooks and decide how to monetize their discovery. Meanwhile, things get intense when Abed and Annie try to pick a new roommate.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2014

Professor Hickey announces that he has just become a grandfather. But since he and his son (David Cross) don't speak to each other, the gang stage a game of Dungeons and Dragons in an attempt to get the two to reconnect.

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The fifth season of "Community" finds Jeff (Joel McHale) teaching at Greendale one year after graduation. Meanwhile, the death of Pierce (Chevy Chase) leads to shocking discoveries among the group. Troy (Donald Glover) leaves Greendale in search of new adventures; Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi) search for a new roommate; Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) shows Jeff the ropes; and the school board makes a shocking decision that affects the whole group. An animated episode is featured.

Cast

Joel McHale
as Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs
as Britta Perry
Yvette Nicole Brown
as Shirley Bennett
Danny Pudi
as Abed Nadir
Alison Brie
as Annie Edison
Donald Glover
as Troy Barnes
Ken Jeong
as Ben Chang
Jim Rash
as Dean Pelton
Jonathan Banks
as Professor Hickey
John Oliver
as Professor Duncan
Rob Corddry
as Alan Connor
Kevin Corrigan
as Professor Garrity
Chris Elliott
as Russell Borchert
Chevy Chase
as Pierce Hawthorne
Paget Brewster
as Debra Chambers
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Critic Reviews for Community Season 5

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (16)

Harmon is vindicated and triumphant, but also still pretty torn up about everything. Community is no longer a zombie, but the new episodes feel plenty funereal.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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I, for one, am thrilled that the show is back and back-to-form.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

While it's too early to tell for sure, Harmon does seem to have brought back some of the show's earlier spirit.

Jan 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

About as good a Community restart as anyone could have possibly hoped for.

Jan 2, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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As a charter member of this particular church choir, there are enough laughs and positive character choice signposts to have faith in Harmon returning to the altar.

Jan 2, 2014 | Full Review…

When it is firing on all cylinders, it feels like the perfect blend of the surprising and the familiar: something old, something new, something borrowed, and definitely something blue.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Where Community does a terrific job is finding meaning in this re-purposing of characters and situations.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

For those of you, like myself, who were fans of Community from the outset, season five is off to a promising start.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Even the most ardent Greendale supporter could be forgiven for doubting we'd see something as epic as season 1 and 2's paintball episodes again. The fifth season, however, gave us episodes of that caliber on more than one occasion.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 wasn't the perfect bounceback from Season 4, but it contained moments of brilliance.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

That it can stand proudly next to the first two seasons is something of a miracle.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It had to prove that it was still capable of greatness, that it was worth the renewal... I can confidently put it right up there with the earlier seasons.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Community: Season 5

  • Sep 07, 2020
    COMMUNITY season 5 manages to stay biting while being self-analytical. Characters are paying closer attention to their narratives rather than their personal growth. Maybe the brilliance of this show is showing why and how the school is so dumb.
  • Aug 08, 2020
    (all seasons) The subversive humour of the first three seasons, along with the great cast and character chemistry are what makes "Community". The fourth season just feels off, slightly forced even, and the show never fully recovers after that. Its formula - the episodes' identical structure - is increasingly obvious during those last seasons, which, unaided by the cast changes, don't feel that natural. The challenging, original, thought-provoking first three seasons are what "Community" should be lauded for.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    It does get better with Dan Harmon back, but Donald Glover leaving made a huge dent on the whole dynamic
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Fantastic return to form
  • May 29, 2020
    Plenty of outstanding moments, Cooperative Polygraphy being the best episode.
  • May 26, 2020
    It is still funny and surprisingly this season has a lot of memorable episodes but for some reason Abed was an asshole for no reason in some episodes but that can be excused since Troy left The only reason this season is at full stars is because the season final sucks
  • May 26, 2020
    Dan Harmon is back and Community is Community again!
  • May 09, 2020
    A great return to form for community! Great story telling and sharp dialogue.
  • May 05, 2020
    Very good but i wished they had redeveloped Britta to more of a lead rather than the butt of the jokes.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    I've used RT for the past couple of years on a pretty regular basis, but I've never made an account... until now, after watching this show during quarantine I couldn't truly be a good person in life without rating this show!

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