It’s part way into the first week of courses for Greendale Community College’s 2009 fall term. The Dean, Craig Pelton, is seeking to give an inspirational speech while greeting the new freshmen but ends up failing poorly. In the distance, Jeff Winger sees the train wreck while trying to overlook another student called Abed Nadir. Abed is in the middle of discussing Jeff his life story when he cuts him off. Jeff asks him for a report on a female classmate he saw in the Spanish class they both take. Abed notifies him that her name is Britta and quickly begins to rattle off various facts about her. Surprised, Jeff Thanks, Abed before going off to meet an old friend of his, Educator Ian Duncan. Jeff Winger is disbarred and ceased from his law firm when it is realized that he lied about owning a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. This leaves him with no option but to register at Greendale Community College to receive a legitimate degree. Jeff immediately becomes attracted to his activist classmate, Britta Perry, and plans to run a study group to spend time with her. Nevertheless, his intentions go awry when she invites Abed Nadir, a pop culture-loving nerd, who commands other classmates along Shirley Bennett, a Christian single mother, naïve over-achiever Annie Edison, ex-high school football star Troy Barnes, and retired millionaire Pierce Hawthorne. Despite their dissimilarities, the group soon become close friends. While taking select groups together term after semester, the group members are often lined into helping the college’s flashy Dean, Craig Pelton, in his projects to make the school appear more reputable, as well as the must to deal with the antics of their unhinged teacher Ben Chang.