Community

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2009 on NBC
7.2
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Jeff Winger enrolls into Greendale Community College after his law degree is revoked and immediately finds a way to make his student life a breeze. He pretends to be an expert in Spanish forms a study group with a bunch of misfits to impress a girl named Britta.moreless

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  • If you don't find this show funny, you may need to get checked out...

    10
    It may seem, at first glance, that this show is about a guy named Jeff Winger who unhappily winds up at a community college when his law degree is found to be less than legit, but it is really about so much more than that.

    In his first day, he starts a fake Spanish study group just to try and get closer to Britta Perry, but winds up with a room full of six other students, all varying in age, nationality and social backgrounds. he blows them all off at first, and Britta sees right through him. But, in the end, they accept him and he accepts them. This show has a lot of heart. After just the pilot I found myself really caring for the characters. Each of them bring something unique to the table: Jeff is the narcissistic leader; Britta is an activist (sort of); Shirley is the sweet mother hen; Annie is the smart one; Abed is so innocent and provides countless television references (LOVE IT!!); Troy is kinda dumb but can deliver a line and make me laugh every time; and Pierce, well... while he can be abrasive and bigoted, he definitely has his moments.

    This show will be one of my very top favorites for a very, very long time.moreless
  • Meh

    5.0
    From the previous reviews I expected a lot more. Constant comparisons to Stripes just confuse me as I have not seen it, likewise Chevy Chase does nothing for me, over this side of the pond he is nothing more than the dad from the National Lampoon's Vacation films, which are not top of my list for repeat viewing, and other stuff like Caddyshack and the Three Amigos. The concept of a Community College is another idea that doesn't really translate well to us overseas, and is not explained all that well. Then there's Jeff who is a dishonest lawyer (are there any other kind), not the most sympathetic of characters, I honestly don't care about the story of him going back to college because he lied about his education. I was interested to see John Oliver, but don't think he was used that well, either his accent has changed since being in America or he was asked to do a slightly different one from his normal one. He was much better in Important Things with Demetri Martin.

    Maybe this series gets a lot better but I was not blown away, at the moment it's sad to say that the only reason I will give episode 2 a viewing is because Britta and Annie are both beautiful and I liked the actress who plays Annie in Mad Men.moreless
  • It gets better.

    7.0
    Not a consistently barnstorming start from a tv show, but this has clearly done something well to get to Season 3.



    This first episode introduces an interesting group of characters, not all of which appear funny initially. That said, Abed is shaping up to be an all-time favourite.



    Regardless of what you think of this episode, do yourself a favour and push through to the second. It gets considerably better.
  • Better the second time.

    7.5
    When I saw this episode when it first aired I wasn't overly impressed. The story seemed weak and it looked like it was going to be only a showplace for Joel McHale. However, I was immediately drawn to Abed. What a great character!



    I continued to watch the show, enjoying it more and more as the season progressed. I got to know the characters and felt like I wanted to be friends with each one. So much so that I purchased the season 1 DVD the week it was released.



    I watched the pilot episode on the DVD and saw its brilliance. Now that I know the characters I love this episode. It spends time setting up each seemingly stereotypical community college student in the study group. We needed this set-up episode in order to enjoy the rest of this stellar season.moreless
  • Pilot episode.

    7.5
    A good start to NBC's "Community" Watching it the first time around, I wouldn't say it was the strongest comedy in Prime-time, but it was still pretty good. We've got dynamic characters that all have a "thing" about them, which makes them intriguing. All of the characters are instantly likable, and some of the jokes unexpectedly worked here.



    Now I doubt this show will become one of my favorites but it's definitely better than some of the other stuff that's on TV right now from what I can see from the pilot. The end of the episode left us with a good feeling, and Jeff's speech was really great about what makes humans different from everything else.



    I do have to commend this show on it's writing, but I don't know if I have to commend the show on it's acting. Most of the actors are fairly new except Chevy Chase and Yvette Nicole Brown. But actors like Joel Mchale, I fail to take seriously, and I think we all know why.



    There are better pilots out there, but this is pilot is good enough to tune in next week.moreless
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