Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television
"Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television" is the series finale of the sitcom Community, serving as the thirteenth episode of its sixth season. It was written by series creator Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna, and directed by Rob Schrab. It is the 110th episode overall and was initially released on Yahoo! Screen in the United States on June 2, 2015.
|"Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Directed by||Rob Schrab|
|Written by||Dan Harmon|
|Featured music||"Ends of the Earth" by|
|Original air date||June 2, 2015|
|Running time||27 minutes|
As another school year comes to an end at Greendale Community College, Frankie (Paget Brewster) officially disbands the "Save Greendale Committee" during their last meeting of the year, claiming that their mission of "saving Greendale" has been completed and that they would need a new name to appropriately describe their job. As their meeting comes to an end, Elroy (Keith David) reveals that he got a job in California at LinkedIn, delivering an abrupt farewell to the group.
As the rest of the group hang out at "The Vatican", the bar where Britta (Gillian Jacobs) works as a bartender, the group discusses what next year will look like for them. Britta mentions Abed's tendency to refer to their years spent at Greendale as seasons of a television show and asks Abed (Danny Pudi) what he thinks "season seven" will be like. The episode is thereafter interspersed with short visualizations of season seven, as suggested by each member of the community.
During their conversation, Annie (Alison Brie) arrives at the bar revealing that she got an internship with the FBI and will be moving to Washington D.C. for the summer. Abed reveals that he also has got a job in California as a Production assistant on a sitcom.
Jeff (Joel McHale) imagines a nightmarish "season seven" where he is the only one left in Greendale, on the "Sustain Greendale Committee" with students Todd, Vicki, Leonard, Dave, Garrett, and a new student named Scrunch.
Jeff leaves the bar and goes back to Study Room F. Alone again, he imagines a future of him living a happy married life with Annie and Sebastian, their imaginary son, only to realize that he doesn't really know what Annie actually wants romantically. When Annie joins him in the study room, he tells her that he feels attracted to her and says that he has to let her go, but "the heart wants what it wants". Annie asks him to kiss her goodbye before he regrets it forever. They kiss. Soon the rest of the group joins them. Frankie suggests everyone silently imagine their own version of "season seven". Jeff imagines a future where he has made peace with the fact that being a teacher at Greendale means that he will be at Greendale for the foreseeable future while all students will eventually leave. Jeff thanks the group, saying that they saved his life. Some time later, Jeff drops Annie and Abed at the airport, hugging them both. Jeff joins Frankie, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash), Chang (Ken Jeong), and Britta at the bar as the screen fades to black and "#andamovie" appears on screen.
The end-tag gag of the episode is a commercial for a fictional Community board game narrated by series creator Dan Harmon. The game's objective is to figure out if the board game is part of the show, or the show is part of the board game. A family is playing it and their kid finds the answer after showing his dad a script for the board game commercial, starring the family, only for the dad to claim that because of this, they will never truly live. As the commercial ends, Harmon delivers a fourth wall-breaking monologue about Community.
Chang uses Friends, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and South Park as examples of TV shows that peaked after their sixth season. Jeff and Annie describe the Marvel Cinematic Universe (several movies of which have been directed by Community alumni Anthony and Joe Russo) as "boring" and "flavorless". The episode's end-tag references St. Elsewhere's series finale and Chuck Lorre's vanity cards.
The song "Ends of the Earth" by Lord Huron plays during the final moments of the episode as Jeff drops Abed and Annie off at the airport.
This episode features the first and only use of explicit language on the series, spoken twice by both Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) and Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), in reference to the series move to Yahoo! Screen. In an interview with TV Insider, creator Dan Harmon explained how it happened:
|“||It was kind of unintentional. That one that Jim does is adlibbed. As soon as he said it, the entire cast started laughing, but I edited around it. As for Britta's I should have bleeped it... it's weird to have two "fucks" on that one.||”|
The episode received critical acclaim. Joshua Alston of The A.V. Club gave the episode an "A" rating, praising that it "works so well as a series finale, and makes such a strong case for moving forward with the 'and a movie' portion of Community’s hashtagged endgame". Eric Goldman of IGN rated the episode a 9 of 10, praising its character development and stating "if this ends up being the final time we see these characters, it was a really well done farewell, acknowledging the important time they've spent together". In TV.com's ranking of every episode of the series, they placed the episode fifth overall, and wrote "the Season 6 finale was one of the show's best offerings, and frankly, the only season finale that felt like an appropriate send-off for the characters."
- Schneider, Michael (June 3, 2015). "Community Finale: Dan Harmon on Jeff and Annie, Movie Possibilities, and Profanity". TV Insider. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Alston, Joshua (June 2, 2015). "Community: "Emotional Consequences Of Broadcast Television"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Goldman, Eric (June 2, 2015). "Community: "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television" Review". IGN. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Barker, Cory (June 11, 2015). "Greendale Forever: Ranking ALL The Episodes of Community (TIER 1: The Best of the Best)". TV.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.