It's a phrase well known to fans of the shows, "6 Seasons and a Movie", just one of many Community meta shout-outs to it's fans.
Well we've had our six seasons, and though there's been no official confirmation other than a contradicting back-and-forth, the cast members remain optimistic that the Greendale Human Beings will be getting their feature length piece.
The word at the moment is that at the conclusion of season 6 Yahoo were pushing for the movie to be made, but between trying to coordinate the actors and creator Dan Harmon its all proving a little tricky.
“They wanted to turn around and do a movie immediately, and Yahoo can get it done. They’re like the NSA, they’re crazy …" - Harmon
Yahoo are "continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community", whilst Joel McHale (Jeff Winger) and Ken Jeong (Ben Chang) seem super pumped for the opportunity to do a Community movie, despite the obstacles that stand in their way.
"Joel, he’s the ring leader. He wants to do ‘Community’ more than anything else. I was just with him at the ESPYs last week, and all we did was talk about ‘Community.’ We’re like, ‘How do we get this thing going?’ We’re always talking. We’re all in touch all the time." - Jeong
Yes, how do we get this thing going?
Community is kind-of like pizza: even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. I have a deep love of the show, but it's certainly had it's ups and downs. The last few seasons in particular felt like bland pizza; everything following the break up of the group and the loss of the study group dynamic, because it was this that made the great things about Community so great.
"You've just stopped being a study group. You've now become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you a community." - Jeff [S01E01]
Sadly, this group has broken down over the years due to cast members leaving, leading to the dissolution of the initial community.
Chevy Chase quit during season 4 after a long draw-out feud with Dan Harmon, expressing distaste for the show in general. Yvette Nicole Brown was released from her contract at the end of season 5 due to her father's health issues; she left the show to look after him. The reasons behind Donald Glover's departure at the beginning of season 5 are slightly more cloudy, but it seems he left due to personal issues.
As for the rest of the cast, their contracts all ended after season 6, though Joel McHale is positive that they'd come back for one last hurrah, saying: "the cast would do it. We would all do it."
What happened after they left?
Losing Troy, Pierce and Shirley wasn't the end of the world, but it was the end of the dynamic that made the show so great.
Though this did give us the opportunity to spend more time on secondary characters; it was fun to see more of Ken Jeong as the maniacal Ben Chang and second 6's new characters Frankie (Paget Brewster) and Elroy (Keith David) were consistently alright; but the show was never quite the same. Jonathan Banks' character Buzz Hickey was great but sadly didn't stick around long enough to become fully integrated into the group and John Oliver as the alcoholic Professor Duncan was seriously underused throughout the run of the show.
As usual, Abed addresses these concerns when Frankie is first introduced at the beginning of season 6:
"My umbrella concern is that you, as a character, represent the end of what I used to call 'our show,' which was once an unlikely family of misfit students and is now a pretty loose-fit group of students and teachers, none of whom are taking a class together in a school which, as of your arrival, is becoming increasingly grounded, asking questions like, 'How do any of us get our money?' How do any of us get our degrees?' and 'What happened to that girl I was dating?'"
I know Britta, things change, people grow, shows and characters have to adapt to that just as we do out here in the real world. But the attraction of Community was the little bubble that it created in the study group. A surreal space for these characters to act out the over-the-top comedy that defines them. It's a show about a group of lost, dysfunctional individuals (brought together by perhaps the more dysfunctional of them all) and the series chronicles the way in which they grow together to become a family, despite their differences and flaws.
I'm still excited about the prospect of a Community movie, and I'll be first in line to watch it when it finally comes around, but I think Harmon will have to pull something really great out of his magic hat in order for it to achieve the same kind of profoundly humorous togetherness that made the show so attractive to begin with.