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"Community" History 101 (2013)

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Community: Season 4: Episode 1 -- When Jeff (Joel McHale) announces his plan to graduate early, Abed (Danny Pudi) retreats to his "happy place"--a cheesy sitcom version of Greendale where the study group must start over as freshmen. Meanwhile, Troy (Donald Glover) fights with Britta (Gillian Jacobs) over a first-day-of-school tradition and Annie (Alison Brie) worries that she is the only one of her friends who hasn't changed for the better.


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7 February 2013 (Season 4, Episode 1)
The dean creates a Hunger Games-style competition for admission into a History of Ice Cream class--the final class Jeff needs to graduate. Meanwhile, a fear of graduation causes Abed to retreat to his happy place. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger

Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry

Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir

Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett

Alison Brie ... Annie Edison

Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes

Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton

Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang

Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne

Fred Willard ... Alter-Pierce

Irene Choi ... Annie Kim

Richard Erdman ... Leonard

Charley Koontz ... Neil

Chelsea Harris ... Freshman Girl

Danielle Kaplowitz ... Vicki

Ben Zelevansky ... Postman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda Alexandria ... Instagram Bestie

Liz Porter ... Dancer

Gary Hoffman ... Dean Games Competitor (uncredited)
Brooke Lynn Howard ... Instagram Bestie (uncredited)

Brandon Rush ... Male Unicorn (uncredited)
Brad Slaughter ... Unicorn (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Tristram Shapeero 
Writing credits
Dan Harmon (created by)

Andy Bobrow (written by)

Tim Saccardo  staff writer

Produced by
Andres Anglade .... associate producer
Jake Aust .... producer
Andy Bobrow .... co-executive producer
Megan Ganz .... producer
Adam F. Goldberg .... consulting producer
Adam F. Goldberg .... supervising producer
David Guarascio .... executive producer
Gene Hong .... co-producer
Patrick Kienlen .... executive producer
Moses Port .... executive producer
Tristram Shapeero .... executive producer
Timothy Silver .... co-producer
Ben Wexler .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Ludwig Göransson 
Film Editing by
Christian Kinnard 
Casting by
Josh Einsohn 
Production Design by
Denise Pizzini 
Costume Design by
Mary-Kate Killilea 
Makeup Department
Gina Ghiglieri .... key makeup artist
Pam Lljubo .... makeup department head
Production Management
Timothy Silver .... unit production manager
Cynthia Stegner .... post production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Cuthbert .... dga trainee
Emily Hogan .... second second assistant director
Ryan Krayser .... second assistant director
Dan Mulvaney .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael Biggie .... painter
Leslie Borchert .... art department coordinator
Christopher Branan .... construction gangboss
Don 'Tex' Clark .... on-set dresser
Shoghig Gagossian .... set dressing/props production assistant
James Kroning .... property master
Michelle Mace .... art department assistant
Melissa McSorley .... prop food stylist
Garrett Vosburg .... key greensman
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... production sound mixer
Mike Anderson .... utility sound
Mark Binder .... re-recording mixer
Mark Binder .... supervising sound editor
Rob Cunningham .... boom operator
Bechen de Loredo .... foley mixer
Dan Hoal .... adr recording engineer
Doug Mountain .... dialogue editor
Nick Shaffer .... sound co-supervisor
Patrick Sexton .... series promo sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Pienkos .... digital compositor
Kevin McMahon .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Barron .... camera operator
Giselle Brewton .... assistant camera
Timothy Luke .... second assistant camera
Darby Newman .... first assistant camera
Lisa Stacilauskas .... camera operator
James M. Sterba .... camera operator
Animation Department
Ben Kalina .... animation producer
Casting Department
Ben Pollack .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erin Fisher .... costumer
Editorial Department
Hannah Bergstrom .... post-production coordinator (as Hannah Boyce)
Kenneth Rich .... assistant editor
Ali Solaymanieh .... assistant editor
Jodi Trocchio .... assistant editor
Music Department
Trevor Armstrong .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Leahy .... music coordinator
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Alison Rosenfeld .... music coordinator
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Alex E. Burns .... transportation
Other crew
Kyle Bayles .... production assistant
Leah Bourne .... second assistant accountant
Tony Gonzalez .... choreographer
Dan Harmon .... executive consultant
Howie E. Kremer .... writers assistant (as Howie Kremer)
Joshua L. Laolagi .... production assistant
Erin Mitchell .... showrunner's assistant
Chris Moss .... assistant choreographer
Liz Porter .... assistant choreographer
Jonathan Weber .... lead office production assistant (as Jon Weber)
Jonathan Weber .... lead office production assistant
Charles Chen .... stand-in: Ken Jeong (uncredited)
Matthew Crnich .... title designer (uncredited)
Charly Flanigan .... craft service (uncredited)
Estrella Perez .... payroll (uncredited)

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Writing credits
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Dan Harmon  created by

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Additional Details

22 min
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Did You Know?

The first episode without the contribution of creator and former show runner Dan Harmon. Harmon left the show after creative differences with Sony, the show's producers.See more »
Annie Edison:Whatevs, we'll take it next semes. Ter. Semester.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Hunger Games (2012)See more »
Greendale is Where I BelongSee more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
There's gotta be a joke here, 7 February 2013
Author: athomed from United States

Reviewing this episode without taking a moment to discuss the circumstances around season 4 (the Dan Harmon((less)) season) of Community would be like ignoring the eight-hundred pound gorilla in the room. As anyone will point out, plenty of successful shows have transitioned between showrunners. After watching History 101, the premiere to season 4, I have mixed feelings on whether Community will survive. I want it to. I've been a Harmon fan for years and I wish him continued future success in film and on television. Community was his baby.

The episode opens with the study group beginning their senior year. Jeff is only one history credit from graduating. The only history class available is The History of Ice Cream. The class is overbooked so students who want a seat in the classroom have to go through the Hungers Deans for red balls with Dean Pelton's unique (and impossible to forge as he explains) bite marks. The group, disillusioned with Jeff's eagerness to graduate, disperse and leave him to fight for all seven balls.

Yes, this is the premise for the episode. But it's also the first chance Community has to win back and grow its audience. History 101 delivers on some goals and not so much on others. I'm a little worried after viewing the first episode that the mythology and relationships on the show are simplified now. I've replayed parts of it and don't find the jokes to have the same staying power of the first three seasons.

I do think that History 101 did a valuable thing. With Abed's TV and the dance with the Dean, it showed us the new showrunners are willing to take some risks. You can't take the weird out of Community. It's that quirkiness which sets the show apart. I'm not sure they can sustain it, but I hope we all won't feel by mid-season that they gave up and tried to turn it into it the next 30 Rock or The Office. Community has its identity already.

As I stated at the beginning of this review, Community was Harmon's baby. It's hard to envision anyone else successfully raising it. But I'm willing to have my mind changed. The cast is as strong as ever. The chemistry is there. I hope the writing and the work behind the scenes is able to take it over the top.

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