In the last few episodes of the third season of the television series Community, it is shown that the dean loves the study group and Jeff is his favorite student.

How and when did Jeff becomes the Dean's favorite.

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TylerShads' answer already covers pretty well where in the series we see evidence that Jeff is being favored by the Dean, so I will just add a bit of my view on the "why":

Throughout the series, it becomes a running gag that the Dean is, lets say, a major oddball.

For example he dresses up regularly in strange outfits without any proper reason. More than often in women's clothes too. In later episodes it also becomes apparent that he seems to have a Dalmatian fetish.

It is also hinted at more than once that the Dean might be gay. We can see this, for example, in the interaction in his strange love/hate relationship with the rival Dean from City College.

In my opinion, it is pretty clear that this is the reason why he has a soft spot for Jeff. He feels attracted to him, and regularly makes remarks about how attractive Jeff is. An example of this can be found in the episode 3x12 "Contemporary Impressionists" where Jeff wears Aviator sunglasses, and as soon as the Dean sees him, he falls to the ground screaming.

Oh my god, even his shadow! Look at his shadow!

So in conclusion, I think the Dean likes Jeff so much because he is very handsome, and the Dean feels attracted to him.

  • In S6E04, the Dean notes that as far as his sexuality goes, "gay doesn’t even BEGIN to cover it." Dec 8, 2020 at 21:39

Without any specific references, this seems to have just become another running gag on the show, much like the groups disdain for Pierce or Troy and Abed having crazy antics together.

The earliest I can remember at this moment is about midway through Season 1 when Jeff is dating Professor Slater, the Dean starts to quiz them on their after school 'activities' and the Dean starts going into detail, saying something along the lines of joining them, or just asking Jeff when the joke made it seem like he was quizzing the both of them.

I'll have to do some more research for specifics but this is the earliest I can remember.

Doing some more research, the first actual occurrence of favouritism towards Jeff is S1-E6 where he exploits Jeff to get Troy to join the football team.

Following this, in S1-E9 he shows similar favouritism convincing him to join the Debate Team with Annie.

The episodes I referenced above were S1-E13, making him the chief editor of the college's magazine and after this in S1-E14

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