The show set in a community college in the fictional Colorado town of Greendale was created by Dan Harmon and featured an ensemble cast.
It aired for five seasons on NBC from September 17, 2009, to April 17, 2014, and later on Yahoo! Screen for its final season in 2015.
For the first four seasons, Chase played Pierce Hawthorne, a curmudgeonly CEO of a moist towelette company who had enrolled in the community college just to keep his mind active.
His character had a hard time fitting in with the other students in his study group due to his selfishness, general lack of empathy, and being a bigot.
The character flaws became a gradual point of contention for the SNL alum, who was often at odds with the writers, which led to him reportedly having a racist meltdown in 2012, for which he later apologized.
He eventually left the show by mutual agreement with the network, and his character was killed off in the fourth season.
Chase revisited the bitter drama in an interview this week on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.
He said of the show:
"I honestly felt the show wasn’t funny enough for me, ultimately. I felt a little bit constrained. Everybody had their bits, and I thought they were all good. It just wasn’t hard-hitting enough for me."
When asked about his character, Chase told Maron:
“I didn’t mind the character. I just felt that it was… I felt happier being alone."
"I just didn’t want to be surrounded by that table, every day, with those people. It was too much."
And when asked about his reputation as a difficult actor to work with, he said:
“I don’t think people really felt that way. I don’t know what my reputation was among people."
"I just always assumed I was okay.”
Brown, who played an optimistic Christian student and divorced mother, Shirley Bennett, disagreed.
She took to X (formerly Twitter) and sarcastically shared:
"He seems nice."
Fans got a kick out of her reaction.
You can listen to the whole podcast episode here.
Although the show struggled in the ratings, Community gained a dedicated cult following and was praised for its acting, directing, writing, and meta humor.
In addition to Brown, the show featured an ensemble cast including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, and Jim Rash.
Chase may not have found the show particularly funny, but fans certainly did.
The show won several accolades, including a Primetime Emmy award out of four nominations and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series in 2012.