Community (Season 3) (2011)

The third season of Dan Harmon’s unique network sitcom is a bit weaker than the first two, but given how extraordinarily good those two are, it’s not meant to suggest that this season isn’t excellent itself. The ensemble acting is as remarkably cohesive here as the other seasons, and the writing is still crisp and multilayered. However, some of Harmon’s grasp of the show seems to have slipped, with extended diatribes about pillow forts and nostalgia-tinged video games, which, while amusing, tend to distract from the central dynamics at the show’s core. That being said, Harmon’s brilliant, strange creation gets a pass on its less successful asides thanks to everything else it does so well.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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