Channel 4 has acquired VOD rights to cult comedy series Community from international distributor Sony Pictures Television with plans to make all six seasons available on their VOD platform All 4 this summer. The “first few” seasons will be available on Monday July 23rd, with subsequent seasons being made available in August.
“Community is a word-of-mouth gem with a fan-base that truly adores the show”, said Charlie Palmer, Managing Editor for All 4. “We’re thrilled to be giving everyone a chance to discover it on All 4, for free, this summer. Community joins other U.S. scripted series on the service including Hill Street Blues, Let’s Get Physical and exclusive acquisition Search Party.
Created by Dan Harmon, Community follows the exploits of a group of students at the Greendale Community College. The comedy series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong. Jim Rash and John Oliver are recurring guest stars. Five seasons aired on NBC in the US, before Community moved to Yahoo Screen for its sixth and final season. There was talk of a move being produced after season six, but it never materialised.
Community had an interesting history here in the UK. The series was originally acquired for UK broadcast by the MTV owned Viva channel, who dropped it after season one due to poor ratings. It only took a month before Sony themselves stepped in and picked up exclusive rights for their flagship UK channel Sony Entertainment Television (now known as Sony Channel), where all subsequent seasons aired.