Community: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (17 Sep. 2009)

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An ex-lawyer is forced to return to community college to get a degree. However, he tries to use the skills he learned as a lawyer to get the answers to all his tests and pick up on a sexy woman in his Spanish class.

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A fast-talking lawyer whose license has been revoked enrolls at Greendale Community College to pursue a legitimate degree. With the help of a band of misfits, he forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work. Written by Anonymous

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Danny Pudi is, like his character Abed Nadir, half-Polish (Pudi is half-Indian, while Abed is Palestinian on his father's side) and Pudi is also 1/16th Filipino, as he himself stated for a Community promotional ad that aired on Fox Philippines. See more »

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Near the end, the group is standing right outside the library, and Britta invites Jeff to come back upstairs, indicating their study room is on a higher floor. Subsequent episodes reveal their study room to be on the ground floor. See more »

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Duncan: Have you ever heard of the saying "Cheaters never prosper"?
Jeff Winger: Duncan, if I wanted to learn something, I wouldn't have gone to community college.
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In honor of "Community", a review of every episode. (S1;E01- "Pilot")
9 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(Edit: As of June 30, 2014, "Community" has been renewed for a sixth season. This ongoing series of reviews will continue as I have time to write them, however.)

Today, May 9th, 2014, marked a very sad day for fans of the cult NBC TV- show "Community"- it is the day the series has been officially canceled after 5 seasons.

"Community" has been a big part of my life during the past few years. Its beautiful writing and wonderful humor have gotten me through some hard times. And it does very-much hurt to see it go. But I am planning on going back and re-watching the entire series start-to-finish again. And in honor of the series- possibly my favorite sitcom of all time- I have decided to have some fun by writing short reviews for each and every episode, one- by-one. (Although I will warn people- I tend to hold controversial views with some episodes- I love some episodes that others hate, and I somewhat dislike a few episodes that fans otherwise hold in high regard.)

Who knows how long this will take? Maybe it'll be done within a few months... maybe a few years. But I will finish it eventually. (Plus, I've always thought it would be fun to review every episode of a show, so this presents a good opportunity to do so.)

The appropriately-named pilot episode... erm... "Pilot", is a really good establishment for the series. We follow disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), as he enrolls in the seemingly-underwhelming Greendale Community College as part of a deal to get his license back. During the first week of classes, he meets a rather gorgeous fellow student named Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), and feigns being a tutor as a way to be able to get close to her. His ruse is to start a fictitious study-group and only invite her, so they will be forced to spend time together. However, this plan backfires when Britta invites five other students to join them- Troy Barnes (Donald Glover), Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), Annie Edison (Alison Brie), Shirley Bennet (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Pierce Hawthorne. (Chevy Chase)

Now I would be lying if I said this was a perfect episode. It falls into many of the tropes that pilots must unfortunately go through in order to establish tone and characters. And as a result, it emerges as one of the less-humorous episodes of the season, because so much time has to be spent setting things up. Something about pilot-episodes, especially for comedies and sitcoms just makes them stand out as slightly less organic than subsequent episodes.

That being said, I do think this is a fundamentally good episode. The cast meshes well here in their introductions to one-another. Jeff and Britta shine in particular, and it was this episode that started my secret hopes and shameless "shipping" of them them. They just seemed perfect together to me, even when others disagree. The humor is also quite solid. Particularly amusing are some of the silly quips passed back and forth between Troy and Pierce during while the group is seated at the study-table. And the episode does just drip of style... even though it's slightly darker and more restrained than the episodes that come after it. It has a very cinematic feel to it. Which I really admired.

For a pilot episode, this is surprisingly solid. And it set up for what I feel is one of the best sitcoms to grace our screens in the past 10 years.

"Pilot" for me gets a very-good 8 out of 10.


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