Community: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)

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Season 3
Community

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The Greendale study group take some of their boldest swings -- though not all connect -- in this freewheeling third season that nevertheless continues Community's streak as the gold standard for fiendishly clever television.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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Air date: Sep 22, 2011

Jeff's plan to keep Pierce out of the Study Group backfires when he gets kicked out instead, Abed copes with bad news about Cougar Town, and Dean Pelton's authority is challenged by another Greendale dean.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2011

When another over-achieving student steals Annie's idea for a Model U.N. club, the Study Group comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, new security cop Chang tries to stop Britta's last-ditch efforts to create a campus disturbance.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2011

Chaos ensues when the Study Group tries to divide itself up into biology lab partners, and Chang appoints himself security "detective," and tries to solve a mystery that is only in his head.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2011

At Abed and Troy's housewarming party, Jeff decides to let the decision on who gets the pizza rest on the roll of the dice, leaving Abed to contemplate six alternate realities.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2011

During her pre-Halloween party, Britta gets everyone to tell a spooky story so that she can find out which member of the study group scored out as a psychopath on their psychology profiles.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2011

Pierce gets a visit from his bigoted father after his wipes become a hit in the gay community, and the dean of the School of Refrigeration recruits Troy to become his student.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2011

The study group helps Annie move in with Troy and Abed - except for Jeff, who lies to get out of it but is busted by dean Pelton.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2011

Dean Pelton is given the task to make an updated Greendale television commercial, but the shoot soon goes over budget and spirals out of control, descending the dean into madness--with Abed documenting the entire experience.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2011

Shirley teaches Jeff foosball so that he can beat a team of cocky, obnoxious Germans, while Annie creates an overly elaborate ruse so that she doesn't have to tell Abed that she broke his special edition The Dark Knight DVD.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2012

A holiday-themed parody of "Glee" in which Abed tries to persuade each member of the Study Group to join the glee club so that they can qualify for regionals.

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A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.

Cast

Joel McHale
as Jeff Winger
Chevy Chase
as Pierce Hawthorne
Gillian Jacobs
as Britta Perry
Yvette Nicole Brown
as Shirley Bennett
Danny Pudi
as Abed Nadir
Alison Brie
as Annie Edison
Donald Glover
as Troy Barnes
Ken Jeong
as Ben Chang
Jim Rash
as Dean Pelton
John Goodman
as Vice Dean Laybourne
Rob Corddry
as Alan Connor
Giancarlo Esposito
as Gilbert Lawson
Taran Killam
as Cory Radison
Pavel Sfera
as Bono Impersonator
John Hodgman
as Dr. Heidi
Irene Choi
as Annie Kim
Martin Starr
as Professor Cligoris
Larry Cedar
as Cornelius Hawthorne
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Critic Reviews for Community Season 3

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

Remains the smartest, weirdest show on TV... [Community] is deliberately constructed so that Harmon and his writers can drape complex and unrelenting TV-sitcom tropes and pop-culture references all over its scaffolding.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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I want Harmon to get to keep making his show, but I'll be grateful whether he does or not. Because if I can get three seasons on DVD of a show that never spoiled, or went sour-panicky, or phony-warm, I'll be entirely satisfied.

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You have one of the most solid cast that just works... This is the funniest comedy on television.

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Season 3 was full of great stories, enjoyable character growth and some incredibly strong, memorable episodes.

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Felt like it was having difficulty deciding how to grow, both in terms of characterization and format... With everything Community had already accomplished in two seasons, Season 3 floundered a bit.

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How many sitcoms have enough brilliant, funny, sweet, and heart-achy episodes to allow for the possibility of debate? That's how good Dan Harmon's sitcom has been so far.

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Week after week, Community brings depth, story, and character exploration surpassing most network comedies... It's not a stuffy intelligence; it's just brilliantly innovative.

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If you want a good belly laugh, tune in.

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What I clearly failed to take into account was Dan Harmon and company's commitment to returning Community to status quo as soon as possible.

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

Sony can criticise Harmon all they want for not making the show commercial enough, but he certainly developed the lives of these characters beautifully over three seasons.

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Team Community once again produced a great season of original and inventive comedy.

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I don't know if we'll get those fifth and sixth seasons or a movie, but I know that if this WAS to be its swan song, then we couldn't have asked for a more fitting sendoff.

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Audience Reviews for Community: Season 3

  • Aug 08, 2020
    (all seasons) The subversive humour of the first three seasons, along with the great cast and character chemistry are what makes "Community". The fourth season just feels off, slightly forced even, and the show never fully recovers after that. Its formula - the episodes' identical structure - is increasingly obvious during those last seasons, which, unaided by the cast changes, don't feel that natural. The challenging, original, thought-provoking first three seasons are what "Community" should be lauded for.
  • Jul 29, 2020
    The dysfunctional COMMUNITY students are leading the way in mildly misanthropic adventures. What it does consistently is be a comedy show that doesn't feel like a comedy show. The characters are all kinds of atypical disassociative stereotypes who are also juxtaposed between lovable and loathsome. They're underdogs of an underdog campus - or wait, are they the popular kids at an unpopular campus? We don't know what, if anything, they're learning, but then maybe that's the underlying theme of the whole show, where it doesn't matter really what they learn being that low on the social strata. What can say is this is the last of the long seasons and I'm curious to see how the shorter seasons play out in compressed time.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Best Season ever, So Funny and creative. Characters just get better.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Not as good as 2 but still great
  • May 29, 2020
    Iconic, with many standout episodes, including several of the best in the show, and the most consistent season for quality.
  • May 26, 2020
    Doesn't have as many memorable moments or episodes but it still has them like Blankets and Pillows which is one of my favorite episodes and it also has a pretty god finale
  • May 26, 2020
    It's another great season and great TV.
  • May 11, 2020
    While it is not quite as funny as the two previous seasons, it has Remedial Chaos Theory in it so it evens out. The last truly amazing season of the show.
  • May 09, 2020
    The beat part of this show is how innovative it is. You can watch 5 episodes in a row and they could all feel like different genres.
  • May 02, 2020
    Remedial Chaos Theory is one of the best episodes of the entire series.

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