Hey folks — I wrote a post about the show Community for my friends over at Character Grades in preparation for the debut of the fourth season. It’s a countdown of the ten best episodes of the Dan Harmon era of Community. You can read the post over at CharacterGrades.com.
Here’s an excerpt from the top ten:
9. “Introduction to Finality” (3.24)
If you watch the pilot and Dan Harmon’s last episode in succession, it’s clear that Community evolved in all of the right ways. You see the things that changed about Community in three years: Its growing absurdity and more ambitious homages. Jeff has developed enormously. He’s working hard on his school work (a major 180 from the pilot), and this time he means it when he admits that he cares about the study group.
You also see the things that have stayed the same. The show’s characters still struggle with their former identities. The laughs and character development flourish with whip-smart writing. And, most importantly, the show’s core thesis resonates: we all need to conquer our past demons; we all have a responsibility to the community around us. Dan Harmon offers as his parting shot:
“The pathetically, stupidly, inconveniently obvious truth is: Helping only ourselves is bad, and helping each other is good.”