Community: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

Season 1

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Snarky and fast-paced with a surprisingly tender undercurrent and an engaging cast, Community is one of the best new comedies of the season.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 843

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Air date: Sep 17, 2009

An ex-lawyer is forced to return to community college to get a degree. However, he tries to use the skills he learned as a lawyer to get the answers to all his tests.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2009

Jeff takes steps to ensure that Brita will be his partner in Spanish class, but winds up with Pierce instead.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2009

Brita comes between Abed and his father when she signs him up for a film class, and Jeff risks failing a class unless he "seizes the day."

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Air date: Oct 8, 2009

Jeff and Shirley bond by making fun of Britta's new hippie boyfriend, which doesn't go well for any involved. Meanwhile, Troy and Abed become pawns in Annie's psychology experiment.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009

Señor Chang is on the hunt for a cheater and threatens to fail the entire class if the culprit doesn't come forward. When someone confesses, Jeff comes to their defense.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2009

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.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2009

Will Jeff blow off Annie's Halloween party and sell out his other classmates in order to get a chance to score with a sexy professor?

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Air date: Nov 5, 2009

When Jeff loses his home and his car, he is forced to move into Abed's dorm room. Troy has a big date, but jealous Annie is trying to help? Pierce becomes the keyboardist for Vaughn's band.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2009

Jeff reluctantly agrees to be Annie's debate partner, Britta humors Pierce by letting him try hypnotherapy on her, and the gang begins to think that Abed's films may predict their future.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2009

Jeff hangs out with Senor Chang to get out of an essay. Meanwhile, Abed and Troy search for their missing lab mouse, and Pierce helps Shirley out with a presentation.

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A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.

Cast & Crew

Joel McHale
Jeff Winger
Chevy Chase
Danny Pudi
Abed Nadir
Gillian Jacobs
Britta Perry
Alison Brie
Annie Edison
Ken Jeong
Ben Chang
Jim Rash
Dean Pelton
Lauren Stamile
Professor Michelle Slater
John Oliver
Professor Ian Duncan
Craig Cackowski
Officer Cackowski
John Michael Higgins
Professor Whitman
D.C. Pierson
Mark Millot
Iqbal Theba
Gobi Nadir
Russ Krasnoff
Executive Producer
Joe Russo
Executive Producer
Anthony Russo
Executive Producer
Gary Foster
Executive Producer
Dan Harmon
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Community Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (27)

Their psyches may be broken, but they still have hearts, and you will root for them, not mock them. Community even expresses in its title something glaringly missing from so many Americans' life. You'll find it here, Community promises.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Thursday night's premiere isn't quite there yet, but since a sitcom with engaging characters remains a lovely thing, "Community" is well worth a shot.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One of the pleasing things about "Community'' has to do with what it is not. The show doesn't fit into any of the more familiar half-hour comedy formats on network TV right now.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

I've seen the pilot episode at least four times already and I laugh just as hard at the jokes now as I did the first time.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

"Community" can be fresh, funny, smart and extremely aware of its own cleverness.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Community's handful of misfired jokes and one romantic plotline that never really went anywhere don't negate it from being one of the all-time great TV sitcoms.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

As the actors grew more comfortable in their characters, Harmon scaled up Community's storytelling ambitions, delivering theme episodes (paintball! musicals! Claymation!) that set the standard for all sitcoms that have followed since.

Apr 4, 2020 | Full Review…

There's a fine line between exploiting a serious condition and finding the humanity in it, and Danny Pudi, who plays Abed -- described by NBC only as a "pop-culture junkie" -- walks that line masterfully

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Taking advantage of the rest of this amazing cast proves the show can be just as funny and lead to more unique plotlines.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

In all honesty, though, this is Danny Pudi's show. His turn as the genius that is Abed is simply a revelation. Pudi's ability to turn on a dime is astonishing.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

While it had some rocky episodes early on, Community has grown into my favorite comedy currently on television. Its inspired understanding of traditional television storytelling and anarchic rule-breaking has kept the show from ever growing stale.

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Routinely made me laugh harder than anything else on NBC's acclaimed Thursday night line-up.

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Community: Season 1

  • Apr 03, 2021
    What sets Community apart from other sitcoms is its ability to balance smart, snarky, sardonic humor with mature, emotional, and soft-hearted undertones that remind one of an after-school special. Additionally, the varied and talented cast of Community serve as quite the booster, providing a list of depthful characters with faults who continued to grow as people with each passing season.
  • Mar 15, 2021
    it is my fav comedy show
  • Feb 19, 2021
    I really enjoyed this series a lot and loved the cast and special guests. The only thing or should I say character that I did not enjoy was Shirley. The way she speaks runs right through me like nails on a black board. It makes me cringe. I can't handle that "sweet", I'm so "innocent" yet completely judgemental, close minded and manipulative voice and mannerisms. It's why I can't stand religion. Don't get me wrong, Yvette Nicole Brown, played that role wonderfully, so wonderfully that she irritated me beyond the words I've already written. That's when you know the role was cast well which is why I watched the entire series. Well casted and worth watching.
  • Feb 01, 2021
    Community season 1 was good, but as usual you will need to get through half of the season before the character's personalities are established and they have rapport with each other. But that is when the dynamics are the best and there is sense of everyone trying to adapt to each other. The laughs only increase and you will be happy you watched. Definitely worth a go, you will be glad you did!
  • Jan 11, 2021
    Came to this party extremely late, but it's 100% hitting the spot for low-commitment comedy. Why did I ignore it before? And how did I have no idea what the premise was? I always thought it was about a community center... and now I realize it's because it started at the same time as Parks & Rec and I smushed them in my mind.
  • Dec 18, 2020
    The show got stronger as it progressed. And it jokes through that might not be said today
  • Nov 09, 2020
    the first season is the best of the series, the episode "comparative religion" shows how much community is skittish on the themes.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    One of my very favorite shows. "Community" is such a basic premise, but the incredible casting, writing, and originality make it one of the funniest and charming shows out there. There's such much character development throughout the series, you can really see the characters changing and growing together, well, as a community. Each episode's plot is always unique. The show does a lot of out-of-the-box exploring of genres, not all of which work incredibly, but that's what gives the show it's charm. Community is one of those shows that I could rewatch a million times and never get bored of.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    Community is one of the funniest shows I've seen and it had me laughing out loud many times each episode. The characters are well drawn and diverse, and the actors are excellent. Highly recommended.
  • Aug 10, 2020
    Hilarious, heartwarming and unique. The loveable band of misfits continues to age well, the humor always hits and continues to remain hilarious even after multiple rewatches. There really is nothing quite like community, and i doubt there will be again.

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