Community is an american television comedy series created by dan harmon that premiered on september 17, 2009 on nbc. the series follows a group of students at a community college in the fictional locale of greendale, colorado. the series heavily uses meta-humor and pop culture references, often parodying film and television clichés and tropes. community has received acclaim from critics and has gained a cult following. the series was renewed by nbc for a fourth season of 13 episodes.