Writer's stint in community college paid off in comedy series

By , November 5, 2009

The JS Online has an interview with “Community” creator Dan Harmon. Here is a part of the interview:

It was sex – or rather something other than sex – that made Dan Harmon want to go to community college.

A few years back, the creator of the new NBC comedy “Community” was trying to keep alive his relationship with his girlfriend. That in turn sent him off to Glendale Community College, where he ended up learning some lessons about life that he didn’t expect.

First things first, though. The relationship, you may have guessed, didn’t work out.

“As you can imagine, if you’re getting to the point to come up with ways to save your relationship, you’re never actually going to save it,” Harmon says. “That’s a symptom of a doomed relationship.”

The plan had been that the two of them would take a Spanish class together so they could “force each other to work on something that isn’t sex.” His girlfriend, though, was also taking a dance class, and finding himself with down time on his hands, Harmon signed up for psychology and biology classes.

Besides, although Los Angeles Community College would have been closer, he had looked through the catalog and liked what Glendale Community College had to offer.

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