Fall TV Preview

Community Sneak Peek Video: John Goodman Tells the Dean 'Wassup'

John Goodman has arrived at Greendale, and he’s brought his big, deep, scary voice with him.

As seen in this first teaser for Season 3 of the beloved NBC comedy, Goodman — as Vice Dean Robert Laybourne, the head of Greendale’s nationally acclaimed air conditioning repair school — will almost literally butt heads with Dean Pelton (played by newly promoted series regular Jim Rash, rocking a slightly different look this fall).

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The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Goodman is set to make his Community debut in the Season 3 premiere, airing Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c. As previously reported, The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams has also signed on for the show’s junior year as a “very intense” new professor.

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  1. Josh says:

    My favorite show, yet that terrified me a little. But I have faith in you, Harmon!

  2. N says:

    The style is different.. Not sure if I like it, but I trust Harmon and the crew.
    (Btw… Jim Rash’s beard is weird.)

  3. David says:

    Was that scene typical for the show? Never seen it.

  4. wordsmith says:

    Can’t wait for the big song and dance number from that last shot!

  5. Mellie says:

    Hm… That makes me worry a little bit. Community is my favourite show and that scene seemed a little off… I’m sure it’ll be good in context.

    • Josh says:

      My feelings as well. I wonder if the dean’s regular status is like Chang, meaning he won’t necessarily be in every episode, and it’s more of a title thing. He’s definitely a ‘less is more’ kind of character.

      • Jeanne says:

        First off, Jim Rash is now a season regular, meaning he’ll be in most every episode, if not every episode. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be used fully in every episode, but he’ll still be there. As for some of you thinking the scene style is different or being worried because of that fact… I really don’t know why you would be. It’s a little different, yes. But I bet in context of that episode, it’ll be perfect Community.

  6. Patrick says:

    With the inclusion of two new cast members of course the feel of the show is going to change a little bit, but lets remember that the whole point of community is to examine how people react and change when others come together. I am sure that season 3 is going to be the best yet.

  7. ingrid says:

    I don’t care about all the casting community has been doing. I want to see the stufy group, not the focus on teachers.

  8. Mr. So & So says:

    The addition of John Goodman is going to be great IMO along with Omar from the Wire….with some of you nitpicking about little stuff makes me feel ashamed to be apart of the fanbase…no offense, that’s with just about any show I enjoy(especially Fringe)

  9. Raksha says:

    I think its going to be completely awesome

  10. Jimmy says:

    I know this style is a little different, but its going to totally rock anyways!!

  11. Dips says:

    John Goodman is coming to Community!! It can be nothing but perfect!!

  12. Timara says:

    Yes! I am so totally looking forward to Spetember 22nd!!

  13. Matt says:

    Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool.

  14. Sups says:

    Now, THIS, is what I am talking about.

  15. Mad says:

    People are worrying uselessly. Even if the style is a little changed, its still our FAV show people!! That wont change!!

  16. Jigs says:

    Between Gooman and Williams, and the awsomeness of Community, I dobt anything can stop the show from becoming better than EVER!

    • Hey says:

      I share your enthusiasm, friend. But I think its Goodman, not Gooman. Goodman and douBt. Wow. Community excitement is reaching fever pitch!!

      • Hey Back says:

        OF COURSE its reaching fever pitch! If this doesnt give this sohw a ratings hike, I will know for sure people are dumb

  17. Varsh says:


  18. Timothy says:

    This excites me a lot!

  19. Brad says:

    And……that made my day.

  20. Tim says:

    Dan Harmon, thou art a genius

  21. Ingrid says:

    I’ve been waiting so long for this!!

  22. Manny says:

    Oh man! This show rocks!

  23. Willy says:

    The presumably dance number at the end? AWESOMENESS

    • Not Willy says:

      Right??!!! That is so unlike, and yet like community!! This is amazing, amazing promo! And the adorbaly talented John Goodman is here!! This is what I am talking about!!

  24. Mike says:

    Fart Knockers!! This is amazing news! I cant wait for the show to return on air!!

  25. Penny says:

    Just when I thought Community couldnt possibly get ANY better….it surprises me. Again.

  26. Rachel says:

    If this show does not get nominated for Emmy for Season 3, which I am sure is going to be the best season yet, then I am NEVER watching the emmys again. I love this show way too much. And i know that my love is well placed. Its the smartest comedy on TV.

  27. Roly says:

    Holy moly!! Me is excited!! Seriously. This show rocks

  28. Linsay says:

    community is amazing. so much better than most of the other comedies on tv right now. keep it up, community makers!!

  29. Jonhhy says:


  30. Mark says:

    If only other sohws were half as good as Community is. Even on its worst-episode-day.

  31. Apars says:

    I cannot wait to watch Season 3!! This show is so amazingly well made, that no matter what, it always remains a bar above all other shows. I seriously do not get why more people dont watch it. Do they not know about this show? If that’s the case,I feel sorry for them. If they do know about it, but think its not good, then I know that they quite suck.

  32. Pinto says:


  33. Yamara says:

    I love this show.

  34. tima says:

    this shw is amazingly good. more should watch this show

    • user says:

      it’s an intelligent beast but sometimes their meta-humor is so over the top. “Look how smart we are” – yes, you are very smart but not VERY funny.

  35. IAN says:

    exciting stuff.

  36. Goodman says:

    Ive never seen this show before, but since Goodman’s in it, I am going to be watching!!

    • Diana says:

      ^NBC will be happy to hear that.

      Community is Awesome! You should really go back and watch the first 2 seasons before this season premieres. If you don’t have time for all 50 episodes, at least watch a few. I recommend the paintball episodes.

      I can’t wait for the season 3 paintball episode, even though I know it’s a long way off. I hope they do an all out Gangster/Mobster movie send-up, like a mixture of “The Godfather” “Scarface,” “Goodfellas,”…and maybe “West Side Story” to lighten things up….and “Romeo & Juliet” to work in some romance…I would be so happy if they did something like that.

      • Raksha says:

        Ooooohhhh….that’d be awesome! Not Romeo Juliet though…maybe something like..Julius Caesar or something….Cant Wait!!!

  37. Wait- says:


    Pierce was out of the group in s2 finale, but now he’s back? He was obviously going to return, but I think it’s interesting that he’s in the promo.

  38. ultimate troll says:

    You had me at the first rectum.

  39. S.Nic says:

    First I’d like to say….POP POP!!!