NBC’s ‘Community’ Gets Animated Online


While the live-action of the NBC’s Thursday night sitcom Community won’t be back until March 15, a clever three-part animated version of the show will debut on nbc.com and hulu on March 7. The short, which is titled Abed’s Master Key will continue on March 8 and 9.

Written by Ikea Heights creators Dave Seger and Tom Kauffman, the toon finds Abed (Danny Pudi) in possession of the master key to Greendale Community College after Dean Pelton makes him his assistant.

Pudi told ew.com, “The show fits into the web world very well. They are almost like the tags we do at the end of an episode.”

Abed’s Master Key

Abed’s Master Key

“The Community actors and team were eager to lend their voices and support to an effort intended to engage their loyal fan base that has rabidly kept the show thriving,” said Chris Van Amburg, senior vice president of U.S. marketing at Sony Pictures Television to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Elias

    This animated short was awesome! I can’t wait for the show
    to come back next Thursday. This hiatus has been FAR worse than the hiatus “Parks&Rec”
    was forced on, and I didn’t think it could get worse than that. Community is
    just by far my favorite show, maybe ever, and I’m stoked for it to come back. I’ve
    been trying to spread the word as much as possible so a few friends/coworkers
    here at DISH have started a “Community community” and go to DISHOnline.com
    during our lunch break to watch episodes of the show, behind the scenes stuff
    with the cast, and even this animated short you mention here, which, by the
    way, was AWESOME. Thanks again for the profile, and remember; Six Seasons And A