A lawyer (Joel McHale) whose degree has been revoked forms a study group in the premiere of this comedy series following oddball students attending a Colorado community college. Chevy Chase also stars.
Jeff signs up for a class that he thinks will earn him an easy A, but he soon discovers he misjudged the class and its quirky instructor (John Michael Higgins). Elsewhere, Britta encourages Abed to study film.
Gossiping about Britta's new boyfriend brings Jeff and Shirley together. But when Jeff tries to do right by Britta, he struggles to quit gossiping. Elsewhere, Annie asks Troy and Abed to be guinea pigs for her psychology research team.
Señor Chang tries to weed out a cheater by threatening to flunk the whole Spanish class. After someone confesses, Jeff comes to the aid of the accused. Elsewhere, Annie asks Pierce to compose a song for the school.
Jeff plans to woo his statistics professor, but his pursuit could interfere with Annie's Day of the Dead party, leaving him torn between landing a date and keeping a promise to Annie. Elsewhere, Pierce confronts the aging process.
The gang discover that Jeff doesn't have a place to live and are quick to offer their help. Elsewhere, Annie comes up with a perfect date for Troy and another girl; and Pierce tests his musical chops when he joins Vaughn's (Eric Christian Olsen) band.
Jeff joins the debate team after Annie's partner drops out. Though Jeff assumes he'll excel, he encounters unexpected competition from an obnoxious member of the other team. Elsewhere, Shirley is spooked by Abed's films, which seem to foresee the future, and Pierce tries to help Britta quit smoking.
Jeff befriends Señor Chang at the gang's urging in hopes of reducing the class's homework load. When the pair end up hitting it off, Jeff begins receiving special perks from his new friend. Elsewhere, Troy and Abed lose track of their biology-lab subject.
A bully (Anthony Michael Hall) challenges Jeff, who's also worried about failing Spanish. Elsewhere, Shirley plans a Christmas party for the gang without realizing that not all of them celebrate the holiday.
The study group reconvenes following winter break and could gain a new member if the original members deem their classmate worthy. Elsewhere, Jeff becomes the editor of the Greendale Gazette Journal. Jack Black guest stars.
Jeff works to make amends with Britta after things turn awkward following a drunken phone call. Elsewhere, Annie and Shirley set out to embarrass Señor Chang in order to defend Troy and Pierce's honor.
Jeff looks forward to his billiards class until he learns about the required dress code: shorts. Elsewhere, the group helps Abed highlight different sides of his personality in order to catch the eye of a potential mate.
A Greendale event brings the group's families to campus. Jeff, meanwhile, helps Pierce forge a bond with his stepdaughter (Katharine McPhee), but the plan backfires when Jeff ends up catching her eye instead.
Pierce commits himself to spiritual enlightenment and is willing to go to extremes for his Buddhist church. Elsewhere, Britta's prank, designed to dislodge her negative reputation, goes terribly wrong, forcing new campus-security workers Annie and Shirley to investigate.
A conflict between Pierce and Shirley causes a rift in the study group. Elsewhere, Jeff and Britta go head-to-head with bullies and their mom (Lisa Rinna), and Troy and Abed make a list of goals to accomplish before graduation.
The attraction between Britta and Jeff becomes a topic of conversation for the study group. Elsewhere, the campus turns into a battle zone as a result of a contest awarding early class registration to the winner.