Community Trailer 'Rings' in Season 5 With Britta Worship, Donald Glover In-Jokes, Walton Goggins

A new, movie-style trailer for the Thursday, Jan. 2 return of NBC’s Community riffs on Lord of the Rings, in its epic-ness and tone, but perhaps has its most fun acknowledging the elephant in the room: Donald Glover‘s decision to exit the series after a handful of Season 5 episodes.

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As seen in the two-and-a-half-minute promo, Abed likens the events of the season opener, titled “Repilot,” to a, well, repiloting, in which a network re-launches a show under a sliiightly different guise. Kinda like what Scrubs did in Season 9. And that tees up Glover for a self-deprecating nod to his Zach Braff-like fate.

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Also: You’ve got Justified baddie Walton Goggins ready to subject the study group to a polygraph test, the return of a certain “bandit,” the trumpeting of new episodes brought to you by “the executive producer of Seasons 1 through 3,” Shirley getting fierce, Pelton crying in his un-dean-wear, and Britta capturing it all on YouTube. Or not.

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  1. ScrubsGuy says:

    That was a good trailer.

  2. Taryn says:

    Six Seasons and a movie!!!!!!

  3. kd83954 says:

    omg the zach braff joke SLAYED me. i so can’t wait for this show to return!!!!

  4. Elf says:

    January 2 can’t get here soon enough.

  5. Et al says:

    I got goosebumps! That was streets ahead!

  6. Joey says:

    Awesome trailer. happy to see Professer Duncan in the trailer. Excited to see season 5 next month.

  7. mayiread says:

    They’re doing an episode around “The Floor is Lava”.
    I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy.

  8. blahblah says:

    Hope Britta doesn’t Britta the Floor is Lava game!!! Heck yes–six seasons and a movie!!!!

  9. Douglas from Brazil says:

    Who’s gonna watch live?That’s the real point!

  10. Babybop says:


  11. Anna says:

    This is gonna be awesome! #SIXSEASONSANDAMOVIE!

  12. Brendan says:

    Only three more weeks until October 19th!!!

  13. Angela says:

    So. That looks absolutely INSANE.
    I cannot wait for January 2nd :D.

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  15. Rachael says:

    Sooo many feels!! I love Glover calling himself out via the meta Braff/Scrubs burn :)
    I’m hoping Harmon calls out all last season as a dream sequence because I tapped out after 4 episodes and have no desire to backtrack with the OG creator back at the helm.

    ps – beyond excited for Nathan Fillion’s guest spot too – FIREFLY 4 EVA

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      I regularly listen to Dan Harmon’s podcast, and he’s come out and said he won’t do the dream sequence thing because it was too expected that he would do it. He always wants to be original, ya know. If you want the spoilers for what happened in the 4th season so that you’re caught up, I’ll tell you. Troy and Britta dated, Troy and Britta broke up, Jeff and Pierce graduated, Chevy got fired, Jeff reconciled with his dad and met his little brother, and the study group all became puppets for a day.

  16. Randy says:

    What would be funny is that Danny Glover take the place of Donald Glover and Chevy Chase as the grandfather of Troy who resumes his studies.

  17. Britta Unfiltered says:

    “Son of a b*tch. After everything Scrubs did for him!”

  18. Ace says:

    This season just looks so epic. Hopefully they will get some good ratings this year, and we’ll actually get… six seasons and a movie. (Preferably one with Donald Glover in it, but beggars can’t be choosers).