Jeff Winger, a lawyer whose degree has been revoked, finds himself at Greendale Community College where he forms a study group consisting of Pierce, Britta, a 28-year old drop out; Shirley, a middle-aged and recently divorced woman; Abed, a pop-culture junkie; Annie, a perfectionist; Troy, a former high school football hero; and Senor Chang, the Spanish professor.
When Senor Chang assigns the class a project that requires partners, Jeff works to become Britta's partner. However, his attempts backfire and he ends up with someone he didn't want to work with. Meanwhile, Shirley and Annie help Britta with a social justice cause.
Jeff signs up for a class thinking it will be an easy A. However, Jeff soon discovers that he will need to do a lot more work than expected to pass. Meanwhile, Britta helps Abed with his dream to study film.
Jeff and Shirley bond over their shared love of gossip. Meanwhile, Britta starts dating a new guy on campus.
Senor Chang warns that he'll give failing marks to the whole class unless the cheater admits to his/her indiscretion. Jeff then defends the one who comes forward. Annie and Pierce team up to compose a new school song.
While Jeff urges Troy to sign up with the football team, Britta learns girl talk etiquette from Shirley.
Jeff is crushing on his statistics professor and is bent on asking her out on a date. He needs to choose between pursuing her or showing up at Annie's Day of the Dead party. Pierce accepts and deals with his being old.
Jeff's schoolmates come to his aid when they learn he is living out of his car. Pierce joins Vaughn's band while Annie and Troy plan out his date with another girl.
Jeff and Annie team up to square off against City College in the debate championships. Meanwhile, Pierce uses hypnotherapy on Britta to help her quit smoking; and Abed's films seem to predict the future.
Jeff is asked by his classmates to talk to Senor Chang about the absurd amount of homework he assigns. Meanwhile, Troy and Abed lose their biology lab experiment subject.
Britta dares Jeff to find himself a partner for a double date with Pierce and his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Shirley and Britta lend their hand as Annie tries to learn anatomy for a special health fair presentation in school.
Shirley does the preparations for an upcoming holiday party. Jeff goes up against a school bully after being challenged to a fight.
While Jeff takes on the role of Greendale Gazette Journal's editor, the gang must decide whether or not to admit an eager classmate into their study group.
Jeff struggles to keep his affair a secret. Troy and Britta choose to reveal their secret to their friends.
When Annie starts hanging out with Britta's ex-boyfriend Vaughn, Britta and Jeff vow to protect her. Meanwhile, Pierce feels left out at Troy and Abed's movie night.
Due to the aftermaths of a terrible mistake, Jeff attempts to reconcile his friendship with Britta. Shirley and Annie want to pull a prank on Señor Ben Chang.
Jeff is excited to show off his pool skills in his new billiards class, only to have his will tested when shorts, not designer jeans, are the required uniform to play. Meanwhile, the gang focuses on helping Abed woo a potential mate by bringing out different sides of his personality.
Its Family Day at Greendale Community College and the gangs families come to campus to join in the fun. Meanwhile, Jeff agrees to help Pierce connect with his stepdaughter Amber. Things take an interesting twist when Amber shows an interest in Jeff.
Jeff unexpectedly takes interest in his new pottery class when another student shows natural talent. Meanwhile, Pierce brings Britta, Shirley and Troy along for a ride at his boating class.
While Britta tries to make up for a prank gone wrong, Shirley and Annie become the new security officers on campus. Meanwhile, Pierce does everything he can to try to reach a higher level in his Buddhist Church.
There is a chicken finger shortage at Greendale Community College, which Jeff and Troy attempt to take on.
After Pierce steps over the line with Shirley, the group is divided. Meanwhile Jeff and Shirley take on some bullies - and their mother.
The sexual tension between Jeff and Britta is a popular topic among the members of the group; a contest turns the campus into a war zone.
Senior Chang does not have a teaching degree, Greendale Community College is forced to bring in a new Spanish teacher. Meanwhile, Troy discovers a trade he truly excels in.
Britta and professor Slater fight for Jeff's affection and Troy is upset when Abed doesn't ask him to move into his dorm room.