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Football, Feminism and You 

Jeff talks Troy into playing for the college's football team, sparking Annie's anger. Pierce helps the dean come up with a new mascot, and Britta tries to become Shirley's bathroom friend.

Director:

Joe Russo

Writers:

Dan Harmon (created by), Hilary Winston | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang (credit only)
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton
Charlotte Newhouse ... Professor Baker
Bill Parks ... Football Player
Sashi Bommakanty Sashi Bommakanty ... Security Guard / Abed Look-a-Like
Bertrand Roberson Jr. Bertrand Roberson Jr. ... Security Guard / Troy Look-a-Like
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Storyline

Jeff needs to convince Troy to join the school's football team in order to save his career. Just when he thinks he has Troy convinced, Annie steps in and throws a wrench in the plan. Meanwhile, Shirley teaches Britta the etiquette of girl talk. Written by NBC Publicity

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

First episode where the Dean walks into the study room with the group. See more »

Goofs

When Troy and Jeff are out on the football field palm trees can be seen in the far background. Colorado does not have any naturally growing palm trees as they cannot handle the intensely dry and cold climate. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Winger: I'm locked out of my old kingdom. You're not. You see what I'm saying?
Troy Barnes: You're saying I could be a lawyer.
Jeff Winger: I'm saying you're a football player! It's in your blood!
Troy Barnes: That's racist.
Jeff Winger: Your soul!
Troy Barnes: That's racist.
Jeff Winger: Your eyes?
Troy Barnes: That's gay?
Jeff Winger: That's homophobic.
Troy Barnes: That's black.
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Connections

References La Bamba (1987) See more »

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Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E06- "Football, Feminism and You")
21 June 2014 | by MaximumMadnessSee all my reviews

(This is the sixth part in an ongoing series, in which I am writing brief reviews of each and every episode of Dan Harmon's beloved cult- comedy "Community.")

"Football, Feminism and You" is one of those episodes. I acknowledge that it's a perfectly solid, well-made example of the series. I acknowledge that the performances are good and the jokes land. I acknowledge that I should really enjoy it. But something about it just rubs me the wrong way. And I can't quite put my finger on it.

While Troy (Donald Glover) contemplates joining Greendale's football team (presumably to re-live his days as a High-School football star), Annie (Alison Brie) and Jeff (Joel McHale) begin to butt-heads over the matter. Annie feels that it wouldn't be good for Troy, while Jeff attempts to convince him otherwise... although Jeff's motivation may be more selfish. At the same time, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) attempts to get closer to Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) by joining her during bathroom- breaks to chat. However, their personalities clash, leaving Britta feeling like an outsider. All the while, Pierce (Chevy Chase) tries to help the Dean (Jim Rash) come up with a new mascot for Greendale... leading to some truly bizarre (and even disturbing) results.

As I said above, this is technically a good episode. And there are aspects I enjoyed. But the main storyline just didn't do anything for me. I personally found the two "B-story lines" (concerning Shirley/Britta and Piece/Dean Pelton) much stronger, and generally far more humorous that the A-storyline centering on Troy. And it has nothing to do with the performance of Glover. In fact, he does quite well in this episode. But I just couldn't get a sense of anything to attach myself to emotionally or humorously with his storyline here. And thus, whenever I see this episode, I often find my mind wandering during his scenes, waiting for the other story lines to pop up again.

Thankfully, Glover is able to really shine during other episodes (Glover is, after all, a darned fine actor and a brilliant comedic presence), thus making up for this episode in my opinion.

As it is, this is one of the weaker Season One episodes for me. It's still worth seeing, but it's definitely not an episode I would consider to be "essential." It gets an average 6 out of 10 from me.


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