IGN: Community has ended nearly every season with uncertainty around its future, which meant season finales also had to function as maybe/kinda-sorta series finales for the past few years. But this was something different.
“Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television” feels like Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna (who wrote the episode together) were truly saying goodbye. The Season 5 finale was having a lot of fun with the idea of Greendale in trouble and ultimately seemed to reflect the producers’ confidence and optimism that Community would be back (and they were right – even if it would end up airing on Yahoo). But this time, the entire episode was about farewells, much of them literal – with Elroy, Annie and Abed all leaving, with only a vague “maybe, probably” to indicate whether they’d be back.