It looks like “Community,” the hilarious, bizarre NBC show about students attending a fictional community college, is going off the air.

According to an article by Lisa de Moraes in the Washington Post:

To the surprise of no one — except rabid “Community” fans — NBC has benched “Community” in order to make room for the return of “30 Rock” Thursdays at 8, in January, the network announced Monday.

Note to “Community” fans: Tina Fey having been interviewed by Brian Williams last Monday on the second episode of his new newsmag “Rock Center” about the return of her comedy series was a clue.

The show, which debuted September, 2009, follows seven students at Greendale Community College as they navigate many conventional aspects of college (scheduling conflicts, romances, disagreements with teachers) and many unconventional ones (cast getting caught in a claymation wonderland, Betty White as an anthropology professor, a legal trial during a swim meet).

But the show, while critically acclaimed and award winning, never got the ratings to keep it alive, or at least keep it alive ahead of “30 Rock.”

Then again, it’s a show about a community college. And the students are supposed to graduate after about two years, aren’t they?

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer