The Pajiba 10 — For Your Consideration: The "Community" Season 3 All Stars
If the sitcom "Community" is remembered at all in the coming years after it finishes airing new episodes, it will most likely be thought of and written about in much the same way as the critically beloved "M*A*S*H." That is, there will be the Dan Harmon and the Post-Dan Harmon seasons, much like critics view the aforementioned sitcom before and after co-creator Larry Gelbart quit the show, or maybe even the Larry David vs. non-Larry David episodes of "Seinfeld." At this point, though, what will happen with "Community" is mostly unknown, besides premiering after every single other NBC show this Fall, of course.
However, regardless of what happens in season four (and possibly beyond),the most valuable players of season three -- and, thus, the last installment of the Dan Harmon influence -- were Troy Barnes and Britta Perry. Both characters have changed a lot since "Community" premiered in 2009, and this year they finally seemed on the cusp of requiting their potential love before the season came to a more-or-less satisfyingly open conclusion. Still, despite the coining of "Britta" as a mutually destructive verb, this was most definitely the year of Britta Perry, as well as the destiny-free awakening of Troy "Constable Reggie" Barnes. The fact that this was also the year of Troy-and-Britta-ship, or Broy (maybe?), is icing on the cake.
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