Community is back, and so is creator Dan Harmon.
The showrunner returned to the NBC show after his 2012 firing (and eventual rehiring) to oversee the fifth season of the Greendale Community College gang's exploits. Harmon's return has been highly anticipated by fans, with a number of people taking to Twitter to express their delight in him coming back.
"Sometimes I drink regular Coke after months of Diet Coke & realize how much sweeter it is. That's how @danharmon's Community is gonna feel," comedian Kumail Nanjiani tweeted ahead of the two-episode premiere.
The hour-long season opener ("Re-Pilot" and "Introduction to Teaching") showed Jeff (Joel McHale) returning to Greendale as a teacher and introduced Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks (Professor Nichols) as a forensic sciences professor who befriended Jeff and showed him the perks of being a teacher.
Among Nichols' his big revelations – the "minus" mark in grades was made up by teachers to drive their students crazy. That payed off later in the form of a student riot near the end of the episode.
Among the memorable jokes came from soon-to-be Community alum Donald Glover, who addressed his upcoming departure by slamming Zach Braff for only being involved in six episodes of Scrubs season 9.
"Son of a bitch! After everything Scrubs did for him?” Troy (Glover) said.
Abed (Danny Pudi) gave an epic Nicolas Cage impression after frying his brain by trying to answer question for class, is Nicholas Cage a good or bad actor?
Below, read what viewers are saying about Community's return.
Sometimes I drink regular Coke after months of Diet Coke & realize how much sweeter it is. That's how @danharmon's Community is gonna feel.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 3, 2014
It's 2014 and Season 5 of Community premieres tonight. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.— Danny Pudi (@dannypudi) January 3, 2014
That's it. Starting tomorrow, I'm working on my Nicholas Cage impression. #sixseasonsandamovie— Ryan Sloane (@RyanSloaneCNN) January 3, 2014
What happened to you, Community?— Melissa Grey (@meligrey) January 3, 2014
jeff winger beat down with a clip on tie god i missed you community— Krutika Mallikarjuna (@andnowtothemoon) January 3, 2014