Whatever you'd call the equivalent of a "rags to riches" story in terms of a television program's critical appreciation, that's what 2012 has been for NBC's Community. On Monday night, the sitcom, which only a few months prior had been in the midst of a threatening hiatus due to low ratings, earned the title of Best Comedy at the second annual Critics Choice Awards for television.
But as if to drive home the fact that this world just refuses to give Community fanatics any true joy, the series' creator Dan Harmon, whom NBC fired as Community showrunner for the upcoming fourth season, was not present to accept the award. As Harmon Tweeted shortly after the ceremony, "Congrats, Community, and thank you, critics. Sorry I was unable to have been invited!" The brilliant mind behind NBC's greatest artistic testament to human relationships since Cheers was ousted from his showrunner position shortly after the network announced that Community would receive a Season 4; this event publicized Harmon's contentious relationship with the studio, akin perhaps to his relationship with series star Chevy Chase. The Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy was accepted Community cast members Joel McHale (leading man Jeff Winger), Gillian Jacobs (bad-at-everything Britta Perry), and Danny Pudi (best-character-in-the-history-of-television Abed Nadir), as well as executive producer Russ Krasnoff. Back when Community was first nominated for the honor, speculation about the program's Emmy chances arose. Now, they're even more feasible — the 2012 Emmy ballot is just aching for Greendale Community College. Below is a complete list of this year's Critics Choice Award winners: Best Drama Series Homeland (Showtime) Best Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC) Best Actress in a Drama Series Claire Danes - Homeland (Showtime) Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad (AMC) Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Christina Hendricks - Mad Men (AMC) Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Lucy Liu - Southland (TNT) Best Reality Series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel) Best Reality Series - Competition The Voice (NBC) Best Reality Show Host (Tie) Tom Bergeron - Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Cat Deeley - So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) Best Talk Show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Best Comedy Series Community (NBC) Best Actor in a Comedy Series Louis C.K.- Louie (FX) Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Tie) Zooey Deschanel - New Girl (FOX) and Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation (NBC) Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC) Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Julie Bowen - Modern Family (ABC) Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Paul Rudd - Parks and Recreation (NBC) Best Animated Series Archer (FX) Best Movie/Miniseries Sherlock (PBS) Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock (PBS) Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Julianne Moore - Game Change (HBO) [Image Credit: NBC] More: 'Community' Season Finale: #SixSeasonsAndAMovie 'Community': Why It's Okay that Dan Harmon's Show Is Over John Oliver: The Internet is 'Killing' 'Community' Community