At first, it was very stressful and depressing. I remember Yvette Nicole Brown telling me she was packing up her trailer at one point during Season One because she was convinced we were going to be cancelled.
In sum, there's a lot of psychology behind why Community fans love their meta, self-aware show. It thus seems only fitting that the fans should be (and most likely already are to some degree) self-aware about where their own love is coming from.
Here's the rub on Community, which returns this week after a nine-month-long hiatus: Rival network executives and critics argue that it's not your father's kind of show. That's why it's getting jerked around on the schedule.