Community's Pilot episode premiered on September 17th, 2009 at 9:30pm EST. It was written by Dan Harmon and directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.


Jeff Winger is a disbarred lawyer and has enrolled at Greendale Community College in an attempt to get his license back. He plans to exploit his friendship with the school's psychology professor, Dr. Ian Duncan, to get ahead.

In the cafeteria, on his first day, Jeff meets Britta, an attractive girl from his Spanish class, and convinces her to join his non-existent study group, hoping to get some time alone with her. However, when he shows up at the library, he discovers that Britta has invited Abed, another student from their class. Jeff tries, unsuccessfully to get Abed to leave, but then gets called away by Dr. Duncan, who makes a futile appeal to Jeff's conscience, and eventually agrees to provide Jeff with answers to every test he will take while at Greendale.

When Jeff returns to the study group, he finds out that Abed has taken the liberty of inviting Troy, Shirley, Pierce and Annie to join.

Jeff, now eager to get away, starts a fight among the group, then leaves to see Dr. Duncan again. Dr. Duncan hands him a sealed envelope, but only in return for Jeff's Lexus. When Jeff returns to the group, they are still fighting. So, Britta tells Jeff that she will go out with him if he can calm them down. Jeff makes an inspiring speech, but Britta sees through him and he is asked to leave. Before Jeff takes his leave, he
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confesses everything and mentions that he has the answers to the test. As the group begins to get upset again, he walks out.

When Jeff gets outside, he discovers that all of the papers inside of the envelope are, in fact, blank. He confronts Dr. Duncan, who tells him that he wanted to teach him a lesson. As he is getting ready to leave, he runs into the group again, and explains that he is a fraud and that he doesn't have the answers to the test. The group, taking pity allows him back in, and they go off to study.


Community premiered on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 during NBC's 9:30pm EST time slot.

7.68 million viewers tuned in for the pilot episode, and it was rated 3.7 in the 18-49 demographic.