Community

Trivia: Co-star Chevy Chase was reportedly sometimes difficult to work with on-set, as he didn't understand the show's style or humor. He also repeatedly clashed with series creator Dan Harmon over creative differences, leading to a number of high-profile public feuds during production of the first three seasons. As a result, Harmon was fired from the show and didn't participate in Season Four. Chase decided to leave the show at the end of Season Four, and Harmon was subsequently rehired as the rest of the cast rallied behind him and demanded he be allowed to return. Nevertheless and despite their differences, Harmon gave Chase a prolonged cameo in the season five opener "Repilot," as the two had settled their conflicts in the meantime and he wanted to give Chase something of a proper send-off. Chase reportedly even later asked to return to the show for its sixth and final season, but ultimately was unable to, as his character had been "killed off" to explain his absence in season five.

Trivia: Creator Dan Harmon based the show on a real experience he had. He attended a community college with his girlfriend and took a Spanish class with her, in an attempt to mend their failing relationship. Harmon based the cynical character Jeff Winger on himself, while the character Britta Perry was based on his girlfriend at the time - a strong-willed but occasionally naive idealist. The other members of the group are all partially based on people Harmon met in Community College, except for Abed, who is based on a comedian and writer he knows.

Trivia: The character Annie Edison was originally written to be either Asian or Latino, but Alison Brie did so well in her audition that she was cast. The character of "Annie Kim" (sometimes referred to as "Asian Annie") is essentially an inside joke, as she is an Annie-Edison-like character portrayed by an Asian actress as Annie was originally conceived, and serves as a "rival" to Edison throughout seasons 3-6.

Analysis of Cork-Based Networking - S5-E6

Trivia: Actress Paget Brewster appears in this episode as an IT lady named "Debra Chambers." Brewster was eventually cast as a different character during season six named "Frankie Dart." In one season six episode, the character Dart mentions being unable to get ahold of the school's IT worker- a very subtle joke in reference to the character she played a year prior.

Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps - S3-E5

Trivia: This episode features a pay-off for a joke that was established in the first two seasons. In season one, the character Professor Slater mentions the name "Beetlejuice" while trying to recall Britta's name. In season two, Britta refers to Jeff's underwear as "stripey Beetlejuice numbers" during a conversation. And in this episode, Annie says that Britta has the "Beetlejuice" soundtrack on her computer. As Annie says the name, the character Beetlejuice is visible briefly walking by a window in the background, his name having been said three times. (In the film "Beetlejuice", he is summoned once his name is spoken three times).

Trivia: Throughout the series, there have been several hints that the character Britta has a dark backstory - particularly with very subtle repeated references to a "transient" in a dinosaur costume who attended her eleventh birthday, and how she doesn't trust her parents. For years, fans theorized that Britta was groped or otherwise molested at her eleventh birthday by a man dressed up as a "birthday entertainer" in a dinosaur costume and this is what caused the rift between she and her parents, as she blames them for failing to protect her. Series creator Dan Harmon later confirmed this theory in a Reddit "Ask me anything" session when asked by a fan. Kind of makes the fact she's the most picked-on of the study group a bit more tragic, huh?

Pilot - S1-E1

Trivia: The pilot is dedicated to the memory of famous comedy filmmaker John Hughes, who had recently passed away. Hughes' films, such as "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles", were big inspirations on the series and creator Dan Harmon.

Biology 101 - S3-E1

Trivia: Not really a mistake, but something amusing to watch for. During the big opening musical number, watch Britta's face closely when Chang runs in. Right as he runs by her, her eyes squint in pain for a very brief instant and she reflexively mouths the word "Ow!" It's hard to see what's going on because it goes by quick, but it looks like the actor portraying Chang either accidentally kicked her in the shin or stepped on her foot as he ran in, and she reacted.

Paradigms of Human Memory - S2-E21

Trivia: In a very subtle nod to co-star Donald Glover's rap act "Childish Gambino", the song that Duncan is playing on the piano during the "Glee" parody is actually the same tune as Glover/Gambino's song "Not Going Back."

Analysis of Cork-Based Networking - S5-E6

Trivia: The news ticket at the bottom of the screen briefly reads "Lavar Burton and non-celebrity captured by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico." This is a joke reference to the fact that in the previous episode, Troy left to go on a year-long sailing voyage alongside Lavar Burton. This is also the last hint the series gives to Troy's fate, as outside of some references, we never find out what happened to him or if he completed his voyage. (Creator Dan Harmon wanted Troy to come back in season six, but Troy's actor Donald Glover decided against it, feeling he had taken the character as far as he could).

Intro to Recycled Cinema - S6-E8

Trivia: At one point, a pile of old video-tapes of the show "Doctor Who" are briefly visible. This is an interesting nod, as throughout the run of "Community", there is a "Doctor Who"-like show entitled "Inspector Spacetime" that is seen or referred to numerous times, while "Doctor Who" was basically never referenced up until this episode. (Presumably for rights reasons.) So evidently, in the "Community" universe, both shows exist and compete with one-another.

Ladders - S6-E1

Trivia: The scene showing the cafeteria roof collapsing and the subsequent building of support columns to support its weight is actually a bit of a tricky move on the part of the show's creators. Season Six was produced by a different company than the first five seasons, and as a result, all of the sets needed to be rebuilt in a new studio. Unfortunately, the only set big enough for the cafeteria had columns throughout, which weren't present in the original set. They wrote the roof collapse as a way to explain this, and then used it as the basis for an episode - Greendale trying to make sure it can be properly insured in case of emergencies.

Season 6 generally

Trivia: Series co-star Yvette Nicole Brown originally intended to appear in the sixth season, but had to bow out suddenly after her father fell deathly ill. Nevertheless, she was able to free up just enough time to appear in the opening and closing episodes of the season in cameos.

App Development and Condiments - S5-E8

Trivia: The character "Koogler" is portrayed by Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of another beloved cult-sitcom, "Arrested Development." A year prior, "Community" creator Dan Harmon had appeared in season four of "Arrested Development" in a cameo role, and Hurwitz returned the favor.

Repilot - S5-E1

Trivia: Troy's reference to Zach Braff being "ungrateful" for only appearing in the first few episodes of Season 9 of "Scrubs" is actually a cheeky inside reference to the fact that Troy's actor, Donald Glover, was only in the first five episodes of Season Five. Glover left the show because he had a number of side-projects he wanted to focus on, including his musical career and eventually creating the acclaimed series "Atlanta."

Critical Film Studies - S2-E19

Trivia: Abed mentions being an extra on the show "Cougar Town," and inadvertently soiling his pants out of nervousness. Abed actor Danny Pudi actually did appear in a cameo in the season two finale of "Cougar Town", which aired two months later. Although his cameo isn't quite as described in "Community", Pudi is visible in the background of one scene in-character as "Abed", and attention is drawn to him when he dramatically runs away at the end of the scene. (Likely because he soiled himself as described in "Community.").

Trivia: A joke early on in the show created the tagline "Six seasons and a movie!" (A phrase the character Abed often says referring to shows he wants to last.) While originally not meant to be more than a gag, fans of the show adopted the line, and since it has become a sort-of unofficial slogan for the series, to the point that the hashtag "#sixseasonsandamovie" appeared during the season three finale, and another hashtag reading "#andamovie" appeared at the end of the series finale in season six. Series creator Dan Harmon has stated that it is a personal mission of his to eventually get a "Community" movie made to fulfill the wishes of the fans, though he has stated he wants to take a multi-year break, and would only make the movie when he "really missed" the characters and could insure most of the original cast would be able to come back.

Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television - S6-E13

Trivia: In addition to being the final episode of the show, this is also the only episode to include harsh profanity, with two uses of the "f-word." The first was done as a joke by actor Jim Rash, who surprised the cast by saying the character Abed is "f***ed up" during a take. It was so unexpected and hilarious, they decided to just keep it in, as season six was produced for the internet and thus didn't need to cut around profanity. The second use of the word, by the character Britta, was written into the script, but meant to be bleeped out. However, as they decided to include Rash's adlib of the word, they decided not to bleep Britta's use of the word.

Trivia: "Community" shares some interesting connections with the cult-classic "so bad it's good" film "The Room." Co-star Gillian Jacobs is a massive fan of "The Room" and discovered during the filming of season three that one of "Community's" camera operators, Todd Barron, was actually the credited cinematographer of "The Room." (He was one of several DP's who worked on the film, but was the only one credited.) Jacobs and her co-star Alison Brie, who had heard of "The Room" but never seen it at the time, would constantly grill Barron on its production and ask him questions about it. Later, Brie would go on to co-star in the film adaptation of "The Disaster Artist", a book based on the making of "The Room."

The Psychology of Letting Go - S2-E3

Trivia: There is a storyline visible in the background of the episode during certain scenes. During the story, Abed is confronted by a pregnant female student, gets into a fight with her boyfriend, and then helps her deliver the baby in the back of a car.

Geothermal Escapism - S5-E5

Trivia: When Chang is being chased by Professor Hickey, he screams out his same-sex celebrity crush is Nathan Fillion. Nathan Fillion would end up appearing in the next episode as Bob Waite.

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Cooperative Polygraphy - S5-E4

Trivia: Pierce's boat that he gives Troy to sail the world in is called the "Childish Tycoon." Donald Glover, who plays Troy, uses the stage name "Childish Gambino" in his music career.

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Basic Lupine Urology - S3-E17

Trivia: In this episode, a parody of "Law and Order", the botanist who exams the yam, a parody of a medical examiner, is played by Leslie Hendrix. Hendrix played Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers, the medical examiner in several of the Law and Order series.

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Basic Lupine Urology - S3-E17

Trivia: The name for this episode is a play on words of "Law and Order" creator, Dick Wolf.

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Biology 101 - S3-E1

Trivia: This episode aired Sept 22, 2011 where Abed learns season 3 of the (real life) TV show "Cougar Town" is moving to mid-season, which he fears means an upcoming cancellation. Abed and Troy say "6 seasons and a movie" in regards to the show (a line previously used in reference to "The Cape", another favourite show of his). While no movie was made, "Cougar Town" did move to mid-season in 2012 and lasted for 6 seasons.

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Aerodynamics of Gender - S2-E7

Trivia: When Abed is in his "Terminator" mode, the display shows references to later episodes (and at the time unaired). On the left is "Projected Cycles." In s02e08 we learn Abed inadvertently began tracking the girls' menstrual cycle. Under "Memos" there's "Record Cougartown. Troy's Birthday 14 days. Get Rudolph for Xmas. Confirm Mom for Xmas. Build blanket fort." Later we learn Abed loves the show, and in s02e19 he tells Jeff he was an extra on the show Cougartown (Abed/Danny Pudi does actually appear as an extra in the show). In s02e10, the group celebrates Troy's birthday (while still respecting his Jehovah's Witnesses believes). In s02e11, we learn Abed's Mom comes to visit every December 9th and they watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In s02e09, Abed and Troy build a blanket fort. Additionally, s03e14 is the episode with multiple massive blanket and pillow forts.

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Anthropology 101 - S2-E1

Trivia: Near the end Pierce suggests turning #OldWhiteManSays, which has 600,000 twitter followers, into a TV show. He says "how about Old White Man Says..." (where he non-verbally implies a curse word) and everyone replies, no one would watch it. This episode aired the same day as the TV show "S#*! My Dad Says", which is based on a real twitter account posting crazy things someone's old, white dad says. "S#*! My Dad Says" was cancelled after only 18 episodes while "Community" ended up airing 84 more episodes.

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Basic Genealogy - S1-E18

Trivia: Near the end, Jeff says he hates the show "Glee" and doesn't understand its appeal. Actor Iqbal Theba, who plays Abed's father and appears in this episode, plays Principal Figgins in "Glee."

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Comparative Religion - S1-E12

Trivia: Troy says he's Jehovah's Witness. In real life, actor Donald Glover was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. Annie says she's Jewish. In real life, actress Allison Brie's mother is Jewish, making her Jewish as well.

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Advanced Documentary Filmmaking - S4-E6

Trivia: When Chang and Jeff are discussing his Changnesia, Chang says his short-term memory is getting better and rolls up his sleeve to read the words "side-effect" that he's written on the inside of his arm. On the side of his arm that's facing the camera, he's written a reminder to "Rent Memento." (00:08:50)

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Season 6 generally

Trivia: Britta's parents, George and Deb, are played by Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren. Mull and Warren stared together in Clue (Col. Mustard and Miss Scarlet) where they were paired together to search the house.

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Trivia: Pierce's father is named Cornelius, which is Chevy Chase's real first name.

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Basic Rocket Science - S2-E4

Trivia: KFC was very supportive of the episode, which features a fictional children's "Space Shuttle Simulator" that was allegedly endorsed by KFC in the 1980's. The only slight tension caused by the episode is that the simulator would technically have been sponsored by KFC at a time where it was still referred to as "Kentucky Fried Chicken" (a name the company has tried to distance itself from since adopting the acronym "KFC" in the 1990's, in order to not exclusively be associated with unhealthy fried food), although the company ended up allowing their original name to be used in the episode to avoid anachronisms.

Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations - S4-E5

Trivia: During the fifth episode of Season Four ("Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"), Dean Pelton is shown to be wearing a cowboy's outfit during one scene. This is a very close replica of the cowboy costume Jeff Winger wears in the Season One Halloween episode "Introduction to Statistics." Later, during the seventh episode of Season Four ("Economics of Marine Biology"), when Pelton's pants are pulled down, it becomes clear that he is wearing the same underpants as Jeff from the Season One episode "Physical Education." It is confirmed in the DVD commentary that these are just two of many subtle examples of Pelton emulating Jeff's style, due to Pelton's obsessive crush on Jeff.

Season 3 generally

Trivia: Reportedly, the Subway restaurant company was supportive of the show using the sandwich shop in Season 3, despite the company being depicted as corrupt and megalomaniacal, even "buying out" a person's life in one episode to serve as a constant spokesperson.

Season 2 generally

Trivia: At one point in developing Season/Series 2, the character Chang was going to have a radically different storyline. It was originally going to be revealed that he had a twin that he had eaten or absorbed while inside of his mother's uterus. He was then going to have visions of this deceased twin that would torment him and act as his "evil side." This idea was dropped, presumably for being too dark and too strange.

Advanced Gay - S3-E6

Trivia: Larry Cedar plays Chevy Chase's father in this episode, even though in real life he's only 12 years older.

Trivia: Though creator Dan Harmon didn't want to focus too much on this aspect, the show's "Will they/won't they?" relationships were originally going to be Jeff and Britta, and Troy and Annie. While this was the case for the first season, it was later changed to Jeff and Annie for one, and Britta and Troy for the other, with Jeff and Britta merely becoming on-again-off-again "friends with benefits" and Troy and Annie just being good friends. These changes were ultimately made based on the chemistry of the actors and the response from fans.

Trivia: The show repeatedly takes several swipes at the television series "Glee", particularly early on. This is because "Glee" was one of the show's main competitors during the first season, and it was a friendly jab at how "Glee" often got higher ratings.

Cooperative Polygraphy - S5-E4

Trivia: This episode features a storyline involving the "Ass Crack Bandit", a student (or teacher) who is notorious on campus for dropping coins down the pants of students and faculty members. This entire storyline is a callback to the Season 2 episode "Intro to Political Science", in which the character Annie makes a brief passing reference to the "Ass Crack Bandit" during a speech.

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