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Community Scoop: Jeff and Annie's Romance Gets 'Pumped Up' In Season 3

Any Community fans who have been awaiting a full-fledged romance between Jeff and Annie may finally get their wish come Season 3. At least that’s what series stars Joel McHale and Alison Brie tell TVLine.

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During a recent visit to the set of NBC’s cult fave comedy, I attempted to dig up some dirt on Greendale’s somewhat taboo twosome, and came up with this, courtesy of McHale: “The relationship between Jeff and Annie will definitely be pumped up.”

Given that the word “relationship” implies there might be more there than just friendship going on, my interest was instantly piqued — and rightfully so.

“There’s definitely more Jeff/Annie chemistry this year than ever before,” Brie teased when asked what to expect when school reopens Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8/7c. “In seasons past, [Community] has really made the audience wait for a moment between the two, but this year we address it right away.”

And by it Brie of course means the raw “sexual chemistry” between the two.

“Jeff and Annie are both very upfront with each other about their sexual tension — more than ever before — so much so that Joel and I were a little taken aback,” Brie continued. “We, as actors, started to think, ‘Ohhh, maybe these two hooked up a little bit over the summer’ — like there was something we didn’t even know about. They just seem more comfortable with this thing between them than ever before.”

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Brie explained that said liaisons  — which, per McHale are not initially revealed to the study group — are touched on in the premiere but “really kick up by the second and third episodes.”

McHale took an in-the-dark approach to answering when asked when or if the pair’s new closeness will evolve into an actual relationship down the road, saying with a laugh, “I have not gotten to those scripts yet — if that is even where it’s going.”

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Added the actor, insightfully, “Our genius creator Dan Harmon will not give in to television conventions of ‘Will they/Won’t they?’ relationships — as you saw with Britta and Jeff and all the sex over the past two seasons. But it’s different territory with Jeff and Annie.

“There aren’t a lot of TV relationships out there like this,” he pointed out, “and I’m sure if something real develops between this older dude and this younger girl, it will be taken seriously, so it doesn’t become a parody.”

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286 Comments
  1. Indiita says:

    AWESOME!!

  2. Yamin says:

    POP POP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Marc says:

    This doesnt make me Changry

  4. PIna says:

    Pretty pretty people11!!

  5. Angelina says:

    YES!! I love Britta as a character, but Britta Jeff would suck!! They arent meant for each other. I totally ship J/A and Britta Troy!

    • Trudy says:

      Seconded

    • DG says:

      Because every single J/A shipper is a T/B too, so damn lame.

      • Bron says:

        To be fair every Jeff/britta shipper seems to be a Annie/Abed shipper. Both camps just want the charcters they don’t want paired together to be paired with other people so that the ship they want is safe. Looking online though it’s pretty clear the most popular ship is Jeff and Annie. I hope they explore the possibilites with these two and not just make it a quick hook up.

      • L says:

        Er, excuse me. NO! I ship Jeff & Annie all the way but do not ship Troy & Britta. I’ve not seen any chemistry to warrant that yet.

  6. Cimi says:

    Ah, heaven bells ring!

  7. Raksha says:

    oooohhhh…saucy! This is amazing news!

  8. Jeannie` says:

    JEANNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Priscilla says:

    Holy…………………

  10. scooterbeanbag says:

    Meh. Relationships have never been what I look for in comedies. There’s no need to turn this into a soap opera.

    • giggles says:

      This. I don’t watch comedies for relationship drama. I never thought that would happen with a show like Community. There really is no need to turn this into a soap opera.

      • Jane says:

        Do you watch TV? Who said anything about “relationship drama?” Including relationships in a comedy doesn’t kill the comedy, or “turn it into a soap opera.” It often does the opposite — romantic relationships are a goldmine of comedy fodder when placed in the right hands. Jeff and Annie are great for the show.

        • giggles says:

          Yes, I watch TV. What does that have to do with anything? A show like Community does not need any relationship drama. It does not need a love triangle. That stuff is for soap operas. That is not what attracted me to the show. And I am not going to continue to watch for that. Jeff and Annie are not great for the show; it ruins it. The crazy fangirls and shippers enjoy that garbage. I don’t.

  11. Amy says:

    YES YES YES!! i am so damn excited! this is gonna be the best season of community

  12. Lily says:

    Jeff/Annie have the potential to be the best couple in comedy tv. DO NOT SCREW IT UP DAN HARMON

  13. Tvrandomdude says:

    This sucks that Annie and Jeff are gonna be together, I wanted Abed and Annie to be together and Jeff and Britta to be together. Lame scoop :(

  14. Alex says:

    OH HELLS NO.

    I hate this pairing so much at first because of the age but now I’ve just realized it’s just another good girl/bad boy situation which is so played out! I hope NOBODY in the study groups ends up together in the end so everyone wins!

    • Jane says:

      I disagree. The Jeff/Annie relationship is too unique to be dismissed as “just another good girl/bad boy situation.” To have elements of that trope doesn’t mean being defined by it. I think Jeff and Annie are fantastic together!

  15. Tina says:

    Ignoring the few haters. THIS IS AMAZING:D I love Jeff/Annie so so much

  16. Tripp says:

    I have tried to watch Community. I just don’t find it funny at all.

    • Christine says:

      You should try again. It is hilarious! If you only watched the first few episodes of season one, you shoudl try it out again. They show took a little while to find it’s ground, but since then it has been consistently one of the funniest shows on tv.

  17. Amy says:

    Woo-hoo! I love Jeff and Annie together. I hope they really explore “the Annie of it all.” I think the writers didn’t initally realize there would be chemistry between Alison Brie and Joel McHale. I am glad they aren’t ignoring it.

  18. Fran says:

    Best news ever, such a big sucker for those two. Now that’s sorted i hope for more interaction between Troy/Britta aswell.

  19. Lila says:

    So long, Community. I told myself I’d stop watching this show if they ever pursued this ridiculous Jeff/Annie thing.

    The teenies who follow this show will be thrilled, though. Their shippers have made this show into Gossip Girl.

    • Teresa says:

      Contrary to popular belief all shippers are not teenagers (myself included). And for that matter; We do not all have daddy issues, we do not all want to sleep with Joel Mchale and we do not all identify with Annie. It’s all about the chemistry people!

      I think Jeff/Annie have an amazing chemistry that should be explored. I don’t however, want it to take over the show and I don’t think it will. Saying the show has been turned into Gossip Girl is a bit overdramatic. Community will always be Jeff/study group first and any ships are secondary.

      • Amelia says:

        But what do you mean by that, Theresa?

        I think Abed(Pudi)/Troy(Glover) have better chemistry together anyone else in the cast. I like to see them in scenes together, even though I know they’re obviously not going to turn gay for each other anytime soon. So is it like that? Do you just like watching Annie/Jeff in scenes together? I’m curious because I’m apparently missing the ‘shipping’ gene that makes people go nuts for tv relationships. I’m a girl, I’m young, I don’t have daddy issues (at least not that I’m aware of), I think Joel and Alison are attractive enough…..so, what’s wrong with me? Why don’t I ever get the urge to create shipper videos on youtube???

        • Katie says:

          Not everyone who wants to see a couple get together has to be a hardcore shipper. I think that’s what Teresa was trying to say. I’m not a teenager, and I wouldn’t even know how to make a fan video on youtube, but that doesn’t stop me from being interested in seeing where the chemistry between these characters go. I do think there is a ton of chemistry between these two, which has built up over two years, but that’s really not the main reason I’d like to see this explored. I’m much more interested in character development, and the way I see it, Annie is the only one that has made Jeff even try to act like a decent man. She pushes him to be a better person, but also is able to accept his faults. Even if the relationship between them never turns romantic I’d still be interested in seeing them have storylines together. They push eachother to step out of their comfort zones which is much more interesting to watch than, for example, Britta and Jeff acting juvenile with eachother.
          These are my reasons for wanting to see them together, not because ‘OMG Joel McHale is sooo hot’ or something ridiculous like that.

        • Teresa says:

          Look, I just enjoy their fantastic chemistry okay? I don’t dream of Jeff/Annie riding off into the sunset and making babies. That’s the last thing I want to see. I enjoy their banter and sizzling sexual tension and the fact that Annie brings out the better qualities in Jeff. That’s it. I watch for the funny first and foremost, the ship is just icing on the cake.

          I guess some of us are just wired differently. I don’t make shipper videos FYI. You’re all about extremes aren’t you? You know there is something called middle ground.

          • Amelia says:

            That’s cool. I was genuinely curious, not trying to insult or make fun of you. You’re right. I shouldn’t make assumptions about people based on how they watch tv. Now I might even make a Community Youtube thingy just for the he|| of it. Why not? I still have 2 weeks of summer break left before I get too busy with school.

      • minalba says:

        I completely agree with this comment. Many of us are not teenagers, we just appreciate a good story when we see it.

    • Amelia says:

      I think you have to give Dan Harmon a little more credit than that. He’s not going to turn his show into Gossip Girl. All the young fangirls are fantasizing that a Jeff/Annie pairing will be butterflies and roses all the time but I don’t think that’s Harmon’s plan. Seriously, have you read that guy’s blog and twitter accounts? He’s kind of a curmudgeon. Maybe by putting the characters together and showing them having problems will cool off the over-zealous shippers?

      • Teresa says:

        All the young fangirls are fantasizing that a Jeff/Annie pairing will be butterflies and roses all the time…

        Uh, no they are not. If it played out that way I guarantee most J/A shippers would hate it. If you’re not familiar with something you really shouldn’t go spouting off fallacies as if they are facts. And we’re not all young some of us are in our 30’s, 40’s and maybe even 50’s oh and some are even gasp male!

        I do agree with you that Dan will not make Jeff/Annie go smoothly and he shouldn’t. The show isn’t about romance and no one knows it more than he does. He also recognizes that Joel and Alison have great chemistry and that Jeff/Annie are a popular pairing so he’s smart enough to use that to his advantage.

    • Christine says:

      I think you’re kind of over-exaggerating. First of all I don’t think the spoilers have made it seem like there is going to be a Jeff/Annie love fest next season. They just said that they’re going to address it in some way. Second, there are plenty of other things to love about Community other than relationships between the characters. I actually hated all of the Jeff/Britta in the first season, but I still watched the show because it was hilarious. Even if they delve into the Annie/Jeff relationship this season, the main focus of the show will always be the study group. I don’t see that changing at all this season, regardless of who Jeff is interested in.
      I also resent the statement that everyone who wants to see this explored, is a teeny-bopper. I am a grown woman, and I’d love to see more of these two. In my opinion, I’d rather watch a couple with actual chemistry, rather than a couple that seem more like bickering siblings when they are together.

      • Teresa says:

        Preach it! :)

      • Amy says:

        I also hated Jeff/Britta thing but i still watched Community.. that’s becuz its not a show about relationships. It has plenty of other stuff worth loving.

      • Missy says:

        Same here, when I watch TV, I want to see spark, chemistry. Britta and Jeff have none of that, but J/A do. That’s the whole reasoning behind my shipper preferences.
        And you’re totally right about watching the show even when every episode was about Jeff and Britta. Those “fans” who are giving up because of a little J/A now weren’t really watching for anything other than J/B. Which to me is the definition of teeny-bopper.

      • minalba says:

        Very well said, Christine. Couldn’t agree more!

    • Amy says:

      when two characters have chemistry, it makes the show more interesting.. you don’t have to be a teensger to appreciate that

    • giggles says:

      This. Shippers seem to always ruin shows because they’re loud and vocal and never shut up and it looks like it’s happening to Community. This relationship drama is not needed on this show. I will not continue to watch this show if it’s going to turn into Gossip Girl.

      • Jane says:

        Community will never turn into Gossip Girl. You seem to have a penchant for hyperbolic melodrama, but rest assured, Community does not. They will handle any Jeff/Annie romance with expert comedy and wit, as they have done everything up to this point. Personally, I can’t wait. Jeff and Annie are amazing together. I love them, and I’m even more excited about season 3 now that this news is out!

    • Olivia says:

      Aw, don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you, honey.

    • Cassie says:

      I’m so disappointed as well. I can’t stand Jeff and Annie, it’s not even the age difference, I just feel repulsed when they’re having “romantic” scenes.

  20. bob says:

    yeah, i’m not really on board with them having a serious relationship. it’s fun every now and then that they have this kind of tension, but it’s honestly kind of gross. jeff is supposed to be almost 40 (if not already)and annie is supposed to be barely 21. the relationship seems really juvenile, particularly on annie’s end. whenever the possibility of a relationship comes up, it always comes across as cutesy and precious, and it doesn’t seem real. if jeff HAS to end up with someone in the group, it should be britta.

    • Meghan says:

      Jeff is NOT supposed to be 40!!! He’s supposed to be in his early to mid 30’s. Which would make it a 12-15 year age difference. The same age difference that would be between Jeff and Bitta, if Jeff actually was 40, like you thought. I believe Britta is 28, or some where around there. I do agree that in the first season a relationship between Jeff and Annie probably wasn’t plausible, but I think Annie has grown up a lot over the last year, and she’s way more capable of handling a relationship with Jeff than Britta is. Britta basically admitted in the third episode of season 2 that she only slept with Jeff because she hates herself. That’s not really the mental state of someone who should be looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone the guy who she slept with that made her feel that way. Jeff and Britta were also secretly sleeping with eachother this season and freely dating other people. This does not seem like the foundation of a healthy relationship. It actually shows a huge lack on interest and lack of respect for the other person.

      • bob says:

        i should clarify: i wasn’t advocating for a britta and jeff pairing. my point was that the only person i can see him having a relationship within the study group, if he absolutely had to date within the group, would be britta. to further clarify, i don’t think they should be in a relationship, i just see one with her more plausible than one with annie.

        • derp says:

          Jeff is actually 33-34 depending where his birthday lies. He was 19 in 1997 as referenced in intro to poly sci. and if i recall correctly Britta was 28 in s1, which would make her 29-30 now right?

          Arguing about age differences is a bit of a cop out, we know these characters traits in and out, if this was happening in s1e02 then it might be warranted, but 50 episodes down the line, not really, its a pretty weak excuse.

  21. Jannelle says:

    This is really exciting news! I’m not a shipper, generally, but these two (Jeff/Annie) really snuck up on me with their spectacular chemistry and I’m really invested in their journey and possibilities. Age isn’t even a factor for me because the characters and the actors playing them transend all of that. Community won’t ever be just about a romance, but it is about these characters figuring out who they are and who they want to be an possibly who they want to be with, usually with hilarious results. All I know is that I really trust Dan Harmon and the writers to do right by Jeff/Annie. So, I say Bring.It.On…

  22. laila says:

    this is a happy, happy day!!!

  23. jolie says:

    amazing. i love these two together!!!!!!!!!

  24. DG says:

    This is so gross.

  25. Robin says:

    This is exciting!

  26. Theodore says:

    YEs!!

  27. Anie says:

    Good. News.

  28. Alison says:

    Best. Show. Ever.

  29. aria says:

    Bring it on!!

  30. aria says:

    AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. An6ra says:

    Happy day!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait for them to hook up :X:x:X:X…I love Annie&Jeff!!!

  32. Nicole says:

    Sooooooo gross. Seriously, I do not understand how anyone can not be weirded out by these two as a couple. There is no way this can work out. Annie’s “butterfly voice” will drive Jeff crazy. And hello, she’s physically assaulted him more than once. How is that ok with anyone? (Honestly, if anyone should have been punched in the S2 premiere, it should have been Britta punching Annie for totally throwing herself at Jeff after she KNEW Britta just told him she loved him or Britta punching Jeff for being a creepy old man. But no, the only crazy, angry, aggressive one of the group is Annie.) Additionally, Annie is never going to be completely satisfied with Jeff because he’s never going to be able to meet her way-too-high boyfriend expectations. She’s always trying to change him to fit this perfect little mold and “Jeff Winger never learns.” She doesn’t care about making him a better person. She just wants him to be good enough for her. She’s just as selfish as he is. Britta tries to make him a better person too but also accepts him 100% for who he is. Jeff and Britta are best friends who also are sexually attracted to eachother. That is the basic formula for a perfect romantic relationship. Jeff and Annie have attraction (the creepy kind) and that’s it. If Jeff is seriously going after Annie in S3, it can’t be considered as anything more than an early mid-life crisis probably sparked by jealousy of Britta dating a younger guy (Troy) or something.

    • Christine says:

      I’m sorry, could you possibly give examples of Britta trying to make Jeff a better person? Because I sure as heck haven’t seen any of it over the course of the past two seasons. In The ‘Paradigms’ episode I thought it was made pretty clear that Jeff and Britta while together, end up doing pretty crappy things to their friends. Annie has helped Jeff to be a better person in the episode from season one with Troy playing football and in the episode with Pierce’s step-daughter. She helps him to be a better friend and to really examine what he’s doing. I have never seen Britta make Jeff care about anyone but himself. Also, I really don’t think that they are best friends. I think they’re good freinds, but I wouldn’t say they’re any better friends than Jeff is with Abed or Annie, or even Troy.
      Plus, Jeff and Britta were sleeping together all of last season, and they were both dating other people. How does that show that they really care about eachother? That shows me that they could give a crap about eachother. In the episode with Shirley’s baby shower Jeff didn’t seem even a little annoyed by her dating that guy Troy and Abed were freinds with. That really doesn’t seem like the beginning to a great relationship.
      I’m not a hardcore Jeff/Annie shipper, but I’d rather see Jeff end up with Pierce than with Britta. They’re seriously toxic for eachother.

      • Amber says:

        I can think of several examples of Britta making Jeff a better person. First, the pilot. When Britta learns Jeff turned everyone against eachother just for a shot in her pants, she makes him fix it. He does… for Britta. In the episode where he attempts to get paired up with Britta for a Spanish project, he ends up with Pierce. He refuses to work with him and hurts Pierce’s feelings. Britta reveals Pierce’s intention to befriend him and Jeff feels bad. So he sacrifices his grade on the project to make Pierce (and Britta) happy. Or there’s the time he won’t get off Abed’s couch. He’s lost his condo, his car and he’s depressed. Britta is the one who shows up with his fancy faucet and a pep talk. It works and he picks up the pieces of his life and rejoins society thanks to Britta. In another episode, she follows him into the men’s room to urge him to repair the mess he’s made of Shirley’s marriage. All Annie wants to talk about is whether he “wants her or he doesn’t”. Britta alerts him to the consequences of his bad behavior and he rushes out to find Andre because Britta told him to. I do not understand the Annie love-fest. I don’t. She has betrayed everyone in the group so many times. Even the two examples you gave of her “helping Jeff be a better person” further prove my point of how selfish she is. She only cared about Troy not joining football because she worried then he would become too popular to notice HER. She urged Jeff to participate in her scheme for her own selfish reasons not to transform Jeff. She didn’t want Jeff screwing around with Pierce’s step-daughter because SHE liked Jeff. If you want to argue over who has the best moral compass to make Jeff Winger a better man, it is Britta. She’s far from perfect, that’s for sure. But if you put her up against Annie in a test of integrity, loyalty and compassion, Britta wins every time. However, I believe the key to a successful relationship is not who can CHANGE the other party more but rather who can simply ACCEPT them for who they are. Britta and Jeff ARE best friends because she accepts him and he accepts her. He said in the drunk dial during the Valentine’s episode last year that she’s his “favorite friend”. They hang out without the study group. They sit next to eachother. He definitely talks to her more than he does Annie. I don’t think the sexual nature of their relationship this past year proves it was meaningless. I think the fact that it continued for an entire YEAR shows there are some real feelings there, but they’re both just too scared/immature to face them right now.

        • Markee says:

          I agree with you so much, Amber. This brother and sister and “they bring out the worst in each other” arguements are total bull. Jeff and Britta have something deeper and more meaningful than the teenage blooper thing going on with Jeff and Annie. I’m disgusted by those news.

        • Orin says:

          @Amber Most of the examples you gave were from Britta version 1.0 when she was the “Jeff Police” as Dan Harmon called her in the commentary on the Season 1 DVDs. Since then the dynamic between her and Jeff shifted and she went from the character who tries to change Jeff for the better to the one who now encourages his bad behaviour. The change came about because it was pretty much the only way the writers could make two actors who have zero chemistry together interesting. They couldn’t make them entertaining as striaght forward romantic pairing so they revised them to be the couple who should never be together.

          Look at the shmitty kids ep where they do the d’uh off, easily the dumbestmoment on the show. Or the one where she manipulates Jeff to try and break up Annie and Vaughn right after she tells Annie she’s OK with them dating. In season 2 it’s made even more clear how horrible these two are together when they have the gross love competition. Later on when it’s Troy’s birthday they act like total douches to all thier friends particularly Shirley. When it’s revealed in Paradigms memory ep that they’ve been sleeping together it’s even stated outright by the study group how awful they treat the others when they are together. I just don’t see how anyone can still think thse two together are a good idea.

        • J says:

          Jeff didn’t cause the Shirley/Andre situation. That was Shirley, Chang, and Pierce. Yes, Jeff was trying to get rid of Rich and that’s why he wanted Chang in the group, but he didn’t know about Shirley and Chang at the time. And the reason Britta went in the bathroom was to convince Jeff to talk to Andre, not to encourage him to be a better person. Andre needed a guy to talk with and Jeff is the obvious choice. Also, don’t forget that Britta went in their to flash Neil for concert tickets.

          Annie wasn’t selfish in that situation. She was the first and ONLY one in the study room to reprimand Jeff for insisting Chang remain in the group over Rich. She told him that it wasn’t silly anymore and that Shirley was in crisis, and THAT is what made Jeff feel bad and escape to the bathroom. Annie stuck up for Shirley there, and later in the bathroom for herself. She had a right to confront Jeff about trying to get rid of Rich.

          Jeff and Annie both call each other on their B.S. Another example is Intro to Political Science, where Jeff was acting like an arrogant jerk and Annie got caught up in the competition. They both learn from each other, and care what the other thinks about them, and not because they guilted each other into it. It just happened naturally.

          Annie will fight for Jeff. When she found out about Jeff’s lawyer friend screwing him over, she was ready to show Jeff this guy wasn’t his friend. What was Britta doing? She was off flirting with a guy who was offering her a vacation house in exchange for sex.

          And Annie didn’t discourage Jeff against Pierce’s stepdaughter because she was into him, there was no indication of that at all, or any hint of jealouse. It was because of Pierce.

          And the best indication of all is the Season 3 premiere,when Annie is the only person in the group to see through Jeff’s B.S. speech and turn it around on Jeff to prove the point of what a hypocrite Jeff was being. Annie has matured and has shown time and again she can not only keep up with Jeff, but to call him out when needed. She doesn’t want him to change who he is, just be the best version of himself.

    • Lena says:

      I agree with you on everything. I thought I was alone feeling this way. IMO, Jeff and Britta are made for each other, they are like the two halfs of the one whole. How people can’t see this is beyond me. I guess the sexual “chemistry” between Annie and Jeff is too attractive. Well I can feel this “chemistry”, but it doesn’t make me ship them. For some reason it makes me really sick. Jeff and Britta on the other hand have an adult relationship, they will always remain “the couple” for me.

      • Meghan says:

        I guess I just don’t see how Britta and Jeff have an adult relationship. She said that she only slept with him because she hates herself. That’s one of the saddest lines I’ve ever heard a female character say on tv. And then the fact that she continued to sleep with him through out the entire season makes me think that she has some serious soul searching to do. I think Britta thinks that she’s either not good enough, or not capable of having a serious adult realtionship, so she sleep with Jeff because it’s easy. I’ve never seen either of these two act like they care about the other person on a deeper level or that they even have that much respect for eachother. I’m not saying that Jeff and Annie are a perfect couple or that they belong together, I’m just saying that at least they have some kind of spark when they are in scenes together. When I watch Britta and Jeff I honestly feel like I’m watching siblings bickering. I was really surprised when I found out they were sleeping together all season because there was zero chemistry or sexual tension between the two all season.

      • Ash says:

        How do Jeff and Britta have an adult relationship, may I ask? I’m actually curious to hear why. Because I don’t see it.

        They both may be closer in age if that’s what is meant by adult, but they are like two siblings together who constantly fight. They both are both insecure and damaged people who basically bring out the worst in each other.

        They were having sex on and off during Season 2, yet noone in the study group knew about it and during that time they were BOTH pursuing and dating other people. They showed this several times throughout the season.

        They are too much alike, that’s the problem. There’s no need for growth there.

    • Becca says:

      Um. Annie dated Vaughn in the first season so I don’t get how your “way-too-high boyfriend expectations” argument works since I don’t remember him changing after they started dating and there was an age difference there as well.

      • Ashley says:

        Yeah, Vaughn was probably 10 years older than Annie when they dated. So for some say that Jeff is too old for Annie, when noone ever said that about Vaughn, is frankly completely hypocritical in my opinion.

        Not to mention Rich, who the study group had no problem with and looked older than Jeff to me.

    • Jane says:

      Nicole, you sound very angry about this. I understand people who prefer Jeff/Britta to Jeff/Annie. I’m just not one of them. I think Jeff/Annie are better, but I don’t hate Britta, and I don’t think it benefits anyone to go around saying nasty things about Annie or Jeff/Annie. I don’t do that about Jeff/Britta.

      Both couples have merits, both couples have things about them that make them interesting to watch. I personally think Jeff/Annie are more engaging, as do the majority of fans.

    • Briony says:

      “But no, the only crazy, angry, aggressive one of the group is Annie”

      You two have that in common.

    • Someone Else says:

      You kind of have a point about Annie being violent with Jeff. But then again, I have to overrule that point on the grounds that it’s irrelevant. This is a comedy, and that was hilarious.

      We don’t need to talk about it like it’s a potential domestic violence case. Somehow I can’t see Annie beating Jeff were they in a relationship. (Unless Jeff’s into that sort of thing.)

      And I have to think that if Jeff still has the hots for Annie after she’s punched him in the face, he must *really* like her. (Maybe Jeff *is* into that sort of thing.)

  33. Lena says:

    Don’t like Jeff/Annie together. I hope it won’t last for long, because I want to watch this show without feeling sick to my stomach.

    • Meghan says:

      What is with all these comments about people being sick to their stomach? I’m actually being serious by asking this, not sassy or sarcastic. Is it the age difference? Is it just the fact that you dislike them together? I’m really interested in knowing why this makes people so physically ill. I personally think there are pretty serious issues with Jeff and Britta ever being an actual couple, and I think they have no chemistry, but that’s as far as my feelings go. I don’t think I’ve ever allowed a relationship on a television show to make me physically sick.

      • :-P says:

        Easy. A father/daughter dynamic with sexual undertones {or, what might be an overtly sexual father/daughter dynamic in S3} will always trigger a ‘sick to the stomach’ reaction in some people because it feels incestuous. The study group is a quasi-family and Jeff is clearly the “dad.” That’s not to say they shouldn’t go through with a storyline like this. Sometimes that ‘sick to the stomach’ feeling is a good thing. The willingness to explore a slightly taboo theme can accidentally elevate a silly tv show into something close to art.

        • No signature says:

          Despite the fact that Annie has clearly stated that Jeff and Britta are not her “greendale parents” those fans have taken that idea and really ran with it as an excuse to try and dismiss the pairing. If they are the parents than what is Shirley who actually is a parent? In fact jeff and britta act pretty juvenile at times, especially whenever they are around each other. They are far from the mature responsible types one would think of as parents.

          • Ashley says:

            Yeah, and I think this is perfectly demonstrated by Mixology Certification. Jeff and Britta don’t know any more than any of the group at the end of the day. They may be older, but wiser not so much.

  34. Ella says:

    YES! I love Jeff/Annie and have been waiting super patiently for it since the disappointing turn it took in the Season 2 premiere.

  35. Cath says:

    Awesome news! I love that the writers are going where the chemistry and the story potential is. I trust that they’re gonna do it justice without overloading the show with it.

  36. anonymous says:

    Can I please ask what a “shipper” means??? I’ve seen it used in the comments of a lot of “Gossip Girl” posts and figured it was something that was made up by the kids. Please explain. Thanks :)

    • Becca says:

      I had no idea what it meant until last year. According to urban dictionary:

      The term “shipper” comes from supporting a ship. To ship something means a person wants two characters to get together and/or shows support for two characters already together. The term “ship” came from the X-Files fandom, when fanfics were written about Mulder and Scully. The fans then called themselves shippers. It quickly spread and is now the title a person gives themself if they believe two charcters should or will be together (The characters can be from anything: Books, Movies, Television, Video Games, and even Actors/Actresses). It is not limited to the couple actually happening, a person can ship something just because they enjoy the possibility of them getting together or even just because they think they would look good together.

      • anonymous says:

        Thank you! Seems like they could’ve come up with a word that makes more sense but oh well. Unless of course I just think of it like Will’s boyfriend Vince from “W&G” did when he said something like “it’s called a relationSHIP, if one of you jumps, then the “ship” sinks”. Makes perfect sense now :)

  37. giggles says:

    Ugh. I don’t think this show needs all this romantic pairings stuff. I know I don’t watch it for that. And since Jeff/Annie has such a huge fanbase, I have a horrible feeling that this pairing is going to take over the show. It’s going to be about them all the time. And yes, the age difference bothers me, too. I never rewatch the episodes that are all about them. Please don’t make me have to skip most of season 3 because of them.

    • Jane says:

      I love Jeff & Annie. The age difference is 12-13 years, and it doesn’t bother me, as it doesn’t for most of the fans (since, as you correctly pointed out, Jeff/Annie has such a huge fanbase). I love rewatching all episodes, especially the ones that feature them. Conspiracy Theories was a BRILLIANT episode, no matter how you slice it.

  38. Jenn says:

    This news makes me excited. I love the idea of a Jeff and Annie pairing. And I don’t think that someone as genius as Dan Harmon will be stupid enough to actually put them in a dating relationship (or anything close to that) because they’re nowhere near that point. Annie and Jeff both have a lot of maturing to do before they’d ever be in an actual relationship, but I like the idea that they’re not going to have more conversations like in “Asian Population Studies” or “Paradigms” where Jeff just lawyers his way out of discussing feelings for Annie. Because – while I don’t want them together at this moment in time in the series – I think they need to at LEAST come to terms with the fact that they both have feelings for one another and maybe, just maybe, should figure out what to do about said feelings.

    And honestly, like I said earlier, the writers are not going to turn this into some shippy soap opera. Dan Harmon won’t even turn it into a cliched “will-they-won’t-they” like Jim and Pam (as he said in interviews before about relationships and the show). And, I mean, for people who love Jeff/Britta, we’d have the same arguments going on if this news was about them instead of J/A. Dan will always ALWAYS do what is best for the show, and not cater to people who love certain ships. He’s not Ryan Murphy here, folks. To me (and I’m speaking for every J/A shipper out there too, I would bet) it will ALWAYS BE the study group first, and romance will always just be the icing on top.

  39. Tammy says:

    this is soooooooo exciting! i thought they were done after Annie and Abed kissed..i like these two together and i trust the writers especially Dan Harmon to do whats right for the show

  40. Matt says:

    Coincidence that I’m listening to Gravity right now? I think not!

  41. Jane says:

    BEST. NEWS. EVER.

    Jeff and Annie are AMAZING. Can’t wait for season 3!

  42. Kelly says:

    This is amazing, the few haters in here don’t really matter because there is a lot of people who genuinely enjoy these two. Hopefully they’ll be handled properly.

  43. Candice says:

    Before reading this, I was looking forward to season 3. Now I’m not. :(

  44. me says:

    lol @ all the jeff-loving teenies in here.

    • giggles says:

      Yes. They’re picturing themselves as Annie. Maybe that’s why they’re all for Jeff and Annie being together.

      • Ashley says:

        Seriously? I’m 26, and I think Jeff and Annie would be a great couple. I doubt many teenagers watch this show, just saying. Not exactly their target demographic.

        • Shelly says:

          Just because you “doubt many teenagers watch this show” does not automatically mean you are an expert on what Community’s target demographic is. Truth be told, Joel McHale was just quoted in an interview the other day saying how young their audience is. I think he probably knows a bit more on the topic than you do. Just saying. And this whole J/A crap feels to me as a ploy to make the teenie boppers happy and keep them watching. So OK, you’re allegedly 26. Since we’re throwing out assumptions and pretending we know everything around here, I’m willing to bet you make up a VERY small percentage of the Jeff/Annie shippers. I think the theory that all the teeny-boppers picture themselves as Annie and hope for the unrealistic outcome of actually getting the “hot older guy” in real life makes far more sense. JEFF AND ANNIE IS CREEPY!!!!!!

          • Marie says:

            13 year age difference is not creepy. Jeff is 33 going on 34. Annie is 20 going on 21. I don’t think that’s creepy, sorry.

            My closest friend is dating a guy 11 years older than her and has been for 6 years now. She was 20 and he was 31 when they started dating.

          • Ashley says:

            Yes, I’m “allegedly” 26. Why would I lie about my age? I don’t pretend to know everything.

            What I do believe, and I don’t think I’m wrong in this, is that Community is not a T.V. that would typically appeal to teenagers. A lot of us would probably not watch if that was the case.

            It’s not that type of show. It doesn’t focus on romance and never has, nor does it have storylines and humor that cater to that age group.

            So to assume that most people that “ship” Jeff and Annie are just teenagers wanting to fulfill some idealistic youthful fantasy is presumptuous.

            I have friends in perfectly healthy relationships with similar age differences.

            A 13 year age difference is hardly uncommon, nor is it big enough to fall into the “old enough to be my father” category.

          • Someone Else says:

            I think it’s a much lower percentage of “teeny-boppers” than you think. While the college aged and younger fans have more time an inclination to post on Twitter, Tumbler, and LiveJournal, I know there are quite a few older Jeff/Annie fans.

            Also, you don’t have to be in love with Jeff or identify with Annie to think they make a good couple. I have no particular affinity or attraction for Jeff or Joel McHale (no offense to Joel, he’s a physically attractive guy, just not my type), and while I share some OCD qualities with Annie, I’m most similar to Britta in personality. Yet I think Jeff and Annie are really cute together.

  45. minalba says:

    Fantastic news! Very much looking forward to the writers developing their story further.

  46. Al says:

    I come here to read shippers rage, J/B fans are delivering haha.

    On the topic though, I trust Harmon to play this properly, relationships are potential goldmines for comedy and I’m glad that he is going into it with the largest fanbase possible to minimize damages if it doesn’t work out.

    I’m interested to see how this plays out because we all know Harmons stance on relationships.

  47. Gus says:

    The word “relationship” doesn’t necessarily means romance. Jeez…

  48. Anna says:

    I think the age difference should be a bit irrelevent by now. It’s not like when they met Jeff zeroed in on her. They kissed, nothing came of it and they stayed friends. Anyway, Annie will be 21 this year and she takes/tries to care of herself financially. I think the fact that they actually know each other now and didn’t jump each other in season one makes it MUCH less creepy. I think it’s fine not to like their dynamic, but the age difference, at least to me, is just irrelevant.

  49. Tortilla says:

    OMG some of these comments about the age difference made me think that they were hooking up Annie with Pierce! The age difference is not that bad. I like Jeff and Annie together and I do agree that Jeff/Britta is more of a brother/sister relationship.

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