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Critic's Notebook: 'Community' returns to its weird, fun roots
Critic's Notebook: 'Community' returns to its weird, fun roots

The fifth season of "Community" begins Thursday on NBC, with the return of creator and show runner Dan Harmon, absent from his own show — he was fired — in Season 4. Writer-producer Chris McKenna has also returned; the pair shares credit for the opening episode, "Repilot," which will be immediately followed by a second episode, "Introduction to Teaching." Indeed, there may have been some thought in the upper reaches of NBC that the series could be tweaked to attract viewers who might have found forbidding its barbed mesh of meta-humor, pop-cultural references, parody and reality shifts. But Harmon was cashiered not for his work but his work habits....

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