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Jeff Season Five
Jeff Winger
Portrayed by: Joel McHale
First appearance: "Pilot"
Last appearance: "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"
Date of birth: November 20, 1974
Department: Law
Position: Law professor


Look at me. It's clear to all of you that I am awesome. But I can never admit that because that would make me an ass.
— Jeff Winger, "Pilot".

Jeffrey Tobias "Jeff" Winger (played by Joel McHale) is a graduate of Greendale Community College and currently a Professor of Law at the school. He was born in Denver, Colorado to his parents William Winger and Doreen Winger née Fitzgerald. His father divorced his mother in 1983 when he was very young and would go on to have another child named Willy Junior. As an adult, Jeff became a very successful defense attorney specializing in DUI/DWAI/DUID cases, traffic offenses, and juvenile crimes for over six years. He worked for a law firm called Hamish, Hamish & Hamlin that was founded by Ted. At work, he was often partnered with another lawyer named Mark and the two were known as "Tango & Cash" respectively. A drunk driving case Jeff handled involved a Psychology Professor named Ian Duncan with whom he became good friends. At the height of his success at the firm, Jeff's fraudulent academic credentials were exposed by a colleague of his named Alan Conner. Jeff was disbarred with his license suspended until he earned a legitimate degree. For four years he went to Greendale Community College with this goal in mind. During this time, he became close friends with a study group he formed. After having earned an Associate's degree in Education, he briefly returned to practicing law and started his own law firm. It was unsuccessful and he returned to Greendale where he accepted an offer to teach Law. He was also reunited with his study group and joined a special "Save Greendale Committee" to improve campus life.


I'm no sociopath. I always know what I'm doing is wrong. I'm just a guy that doesn't like taking tests, doing work, and getting yelled at. So if you think about it, I'm the sanest person here.

–Jeff, "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps"

Jeff possesses a sarcastic wit along with a vain and egotistical personality. This is due to his mother having overpraised him as a child [1]. He claims to be Agnostic [2] but this can be seen as an example of his tendency not to put any effort into anything. His charming personality and persuasiveness are traits which served him well when he was an attorney. As a child he admired the divorce lawyer hired by his parents because he did his job without letting his personal feelings get in the way [3]. This, along with an unfortunate incident with a bully named "Big Cheddar" [4] helped shape the more negative aspects of his personality. Jeff hates talking about his feelings and tries to maintain a facade of detached aloofness. His frequent avoidance of such emotional conflicts often results in moments of vulnerability [5]. Usually, he tries to keep people at a distance and avoids opening himself up to others [6]. This can be tied into his father's abandonment of him at an early age [7]. However, Jeff's time with the study group has been a more positive influence and he's been honest about appreciating his time at the school [8]. Although his study group originally tended to look to Jeff as their leader, they eventually began to rely on him less in this role.
Jeff Winger Season Two sitting promo pic2
Jeff Winger Season Two promo pic sitting

Character history[]

Season One[]

You've stopped being a study group. You've become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you a Community.

–Jeff, "Pilot".

School year synopsis

After his law firm discovered that Jeff's bachelor's degree was falsified, Jeff was disbarred. He enrolled at Greendale Community College to earn a legitimate degree. He hoped to exploit his friendship with a professor who worked there, Ian Duncan, in order to secure an easy graduation. Another student named Britta Perry caught his eye and he pretended to be the head of a Spanish study group to impress her. Unexpectedly, a real study group is formed with other members of his class thanks to Abed Nadir. Jeff became the reluctant leader of the group and together they dealt with the unusual college life at Greendale. Jeff also had to contend with a few romantic troubles throughout the year. This included dating his Statistics professor Michelle Slater, an unexpected attraction, and his continuing flirtation with Britta. His relationship with Britta reached its climax at the annual Paintball Assassin game when they had sex. This resulted in a love triangle showdown at the Transfer Dance Formal at the end of the school year. Michelle and Britta both publicly declared their love for him and Jeff found himself unable to choose. Jeff left the dance without answering either of them only to complicate matters further. He ran into Annie outside the dance and after commiserating over their respective relationship troubles the two shared a moment and ended up kissing.

2009-2010 semester
During Jeff's first week at Greendale, he met fellow Spanish 101 student Abed Nadir and tried to get the attention of another classmate named Britta Perry. This involved forming a fake Spanish study group which backfired on him when she invited Abed and he, in turn, invited Annie Edison, Shirley Bennett, Pierce Hawthorne and Troy Barnes. He also attempted to convince his former client Professor Ian Duncan to help him cheat on his classes. Despite Jeff's best efforts, he was unable to manipulate either situation in his favor. Exposed as a fraud to the study group and taught a lesson in cheating by Duncan. While he contemplated his next move, he crossed paths with the study group who took pity on him and allowed Jeff to rejoin them ("Pilot").

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Jeff and the Study Group.
Jeff became the de facto leader of the group much to Britta's annoyance. They were all charmed by him particularly Pierce who wanted to be his best friend. When the Spanish teacher Ben Chang paired up the class for an assignment Jeff tried to become Britta's partner. Instead, he wound up with Pierce who attempted to turn the simple assignment into a big production. After wasting several hours, Jeff left Pierce to join Britta at a protest she was attending. A drunk and angry Pierce showed up and made a spectacle of himself. The next day in Spanish class, Britta guilted Jeff into doing the presentation with Pierce. However, despite all of the pomp and circumstance in their presentation, they ended up getting an "F" ("Spanish 101").

Spanish 101 Main photo
Jeff and Pierce finished their presentation.
Jeff signed up for an Accounting class taught by Professor Eustice Whitman believing it was an easy "A". Whitman was influenced by a certain movie and Jeff unexpectedly found himself struggling with his assignment to "Seize the day". At the same time, he got wrapped up in family drama between Abed and his father. Britta encouraged Abed to take a film class over his dad's wishes. As part of a film assignment Abed cast Jeff and Britta as his mom and dad in a documentary he was filming. He later showed the completed project to Jeff, Britta and his father which convinced him to allow his son to pursue his dream. As a reward for helping her and Abed, Britta kissed Jeff in front of Whitman who declared he finally passed his assignment ("Introduction to Film").

IF JB First kiss
Day seized!

Sometime later, Jeff and Shirley unexpectedly bond over their love of gossip and making fun of their fellow students. He is also learned about Britta's new boyfriend, the campus hippie named Vaughn Miller. At Britta's insistence, Jeff put aside his jealousy and tried to be friends with him. When Britta showed Jeff a love poem Vaughn wrote to her, he shared it with Shirley and accidentally the rest of the study group. Vaughn found out and dumped Britta who was angry Jeff betrayed her confidence. Shirley and Jeff decided not to hang out anymore as all their gossiping and mocking wasn't good for either of them. She does tell Jeff he still has a chance with Britta who had a sex dream about him. Later, Jeff apologized to Britta who accepted as she understood with the tough spot she put him in ("Social Psychology")

When Britta was caught cheating on a Spanish test a disciplinary tribunal consisting of Dean Pelton, Duncan and Chang was held in Borchert Hall to deal with the matter. Jeff volunteered to represent her but found his efforts hindered when she confessed her guilt. During recess, she accused Jeff of only wanting to help her so she would sleep with him. Jeff admitted it was part of the reason but his main focus was trying to help a friend not get expelled. Britta revealed getting caught was intentional as she was driven by her fears of inadequacy. Jeff used her damaged psyche as a new defence and got her sentenced reduced to one year's worth of mandated therapy sessions from Duncan. Afterwards, Britta begrudgingly thanked Jeff as they watched Pierce perform the new school song on the campus quad ("Advanced Criminal Law").

When Jeff refused to be a part of Greendale's promotional materials, he got blackmailed by Dean Pelton to recruit Troy for the football team. Annie was upset when he succeeded and Jeff pointed out that she selfishly wants Troy all for herself. Annie countered that may be true but unlike Jeff, she genuinely cares for Troy. Later, Jeff went to the gym where the football pep rally was being held. Jeff confessed to Troy how he manipulated him into becoming a quarterback again. Troy didn't care as the team was so horrible it allowed him to play for the love of the game free of pressure. Outside the gym, Jeff ran into Annie who showed up to support Troy and apologized for his actions. They were interrupted by Pelton and Pierce who introduced the school's new mascot ("Football, Feminism and You").

Eventually, Jeff moved on from wooing Britta and set his sights on his Statistics professor Michelle Slater. She refused due to the impropriety of dating one of her students. Undeterred, Jeff convinced Chang to get him into a faculty Halloween party Slater was attending. This meant ditching a "Dias De Los Muertos" party Annie was hosting where he was to be the guest of honor. Jeff was rejected again by Slater mostly due to the study group crashing the party. Once he sent his friends away, he took advice from Chang and won Slater over. They were about to leave campus together when Jeff was told by Troy that Pierce needed his help. Jeff reluctantly ended his plans with Slater to see to the emergency. After it was resolved he stayed for Annie's party and danced with her to make up for his absence earlier ("Introduction to Statistics").

Jeff was thrown out of his condo after he failed to make payments on it. He was forced to live out of his Lexus which was discovered by Shirley and Britta. When his car was towed away, he accepted an offer from Abed to move temporarily into his dorm room. Unfortunately, his stay had a negative effect on him as he became too complacent and unfocused. Abed noticed his personality shift and asked Britta to help to get Jeff back to normal. Britta snuck into Jeff's condo and retrieved his expensive Italian faucet heads. She gave it back to Jeff to remind him of who he was and to snap him out of his funk. Jeff was motivated enough to clean up and find a place of his own. He caught up with Abed and Britta at a campus concert and thanked them for their help ("Home Economics").

Jeff was bribed with a faculty parking spot if he agreed to partner with Annie for an intercollegiate debate against City College. His poor performance almost lost them the match but Greendale got a reprieve due to a scheduling conflict. It wasn't until the opposing debater Jeremy Simmons bullied Annie that Jeff took the contest more seriously. He studied with Annie which caused an unexpected sexual tension between them to flare up. At the rescheduled second half of the debate, Team Greendale pulled a commanding lead. A desperate gambit by Jeremy caused Annie to counter with her own unorthodox response. She kissed Jeff to prove her point resulting in the judges declaring Greendale the winner. Afterwards, Jeff awkwardly congratulated Annie who suggested he just pat her before he left ("Debate 109").

"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Jeff hooks up with Dean Pelton's newest assistant Sabrina Shmuckle.

"Comparative Religion": Jeff takes on the school bully Mike Chilada over Shirley's objections.

"Investigative Journalism": Jeff is made the editor of the school newspaper and must also deal with a student named Buddy who wants to join the study group.

"Interpretive Dance": Jeff commits to an official relationship with Michelle Slater when it's revealed they had been secretly seeing each other over Winter Break.

"Romantic Expressionism": Jeff and Britta conspire to break up Annie and Vaughn.

"Physical Education": Jeff butts heads with his new Billiards class teacher Coach Bogner over having to wear gym shorts to class.

"Basic Genealogy": Slater breaks up with Jeff causing him to seek out a rebound conquest which he finds in the form of Amber, Pierce's ex-step-daughter.

"Beginner Pottery": Jeff takes Pottery as a blow-off class but ends up actually caring about it when he finds a rival named Rich who becomes the star of the class.

"Contemporary American Poultry": Jeff finds himself on the outs with the study group when Abed assumes control using them in his Chicken Finger Association.

"The Art of Discourse": Jeff and Britta face off against three obnoxious High Schoolers.

"Modern Warfare': Jeff and Britta reach a turning point in their relationship while they and the study group compete in the annual campus paintball assassination game.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Michelle Slater and Britta compete with each other over Jeff's affections.

Season Two[]

Well, I only ever liked one person: my mom. And she liked my dad. And after all the dust and custody was settled, the guy I really admired--admired not liked, mind you--was the lawyer leaving the courthouse in a great-looking suit and a sky-blue Mercedes SLK.

–Jeff, "Accounting for Lawyers".

School year synopsis

On Jeff's return to Greendale for the study group's second year together, he immediately had to deal with repercussions from his actions at the Tranny Dance last semester. Jeff is forced to reevaluate his goals after a brief return to his former life. Among the various escapades and hijinks, he had with the study group, Jeff dealt with his complicated feelings for Annie, his increasingly acrimonious relationship with Pierce and a secret affair he was keeping from the study group. He ended the school year participating in a second Paintball Assassin game where his issues with Pierce came to a head. During the contest, Pierce quit the study group just as the paintball contest itself escalated. Greendale's rival school City College interjected themselves into the competition which led to Jeff and Troy gathering the remaining players and forming an alliance against the interlopers. Under their leadership, a two-pronged assault was launched against the paintball invaders. Jeff was eliminated while leading a squad of students to take down the Paintball Gatling gun. Ultimately, Pierce won the paintball contest and saved the school much to Jeff’s shock. Afterwards, Jeff and the study group agreed to forgive Pierce for his past behavior. Jeff personally invited him to rejoin them next semester but Pierce refused and declared he was done with the group.

2010-2011 semester

"Anthropology 101": Jeff gets into a game of romantic "chicken" with Britta along with Annie's obvious school girl crush on him.

"Accounting for Lawyers": Jeff reconnects with an ex-co-worker from his old law firm.

"The Psychology of Letting Go": Jeff is shaken when he learns that despite being health conscious, he has high cholesterol.

"Aerodynamics of Gender": Jeff and Troy discover a mysterious campus groundskeeper named Joshua and his serenity granting trampoline.

"Cooperative Calligraphy": Jeff and the study group search group Study Room F for Annie's missing pen.

"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design": Jeff and Annie team up to investigate the mysterious "Professor Professorson".

"Mixology Certification": Jeff and the study group celebrate Troy's 21st birthday at a bar.

"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas": Jeff and the study group help Abed by participating in a group therapy session to deal with his recent nervous breakdown.

"Asian Population Studies": Jeff tries to stop Rich, Annie's latest crush, from joining the study group.

"Advanced Dungeons & Dragons": Jeff tries to help Fat Neil out of his depression by having the study group play a game of Dungeons & Dragons with him.

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": Jeff has a fight with the study group and takes a break from them by watching a soccer game with Ian Duncan and Ben Chang in his apartment

"Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking": Jeff is forced to confront his daddy issues when Pierce claims he has located his father and has set up a meeting between them.

"Intro to Political Science": Jeff competes against Annie in an election for student body president.

"Critical Film Studies": On Abed's birthday, Jeff has a special dinner with him.

"Competitive Wine Tasting": After being rejected by an attractive student named Wu Mei in favor of Pierce, Jeff tries to expose her real intentions.

"Paradigms of Human Memory": Jeff's year-long secret affair with Britta is revealed by Abed to the rest of the study group.

"A Fistful of Paintballs": Jeff becomes jealous of a participant in Greendale's latest paintball assassination game who quickly made a name for himself as "The Black Rider".

"For A Few Paintballs More": Jeff leads a paintball commando squad against City College invaders who are taking part in the annual paintball assassination game.

Season Three[]

I'm going to go get a drink.

Jeff avoiding dealing with things, "Remedial Chaos Theory".

School year synopsis

In the study group's third year at Greendale, Jeff started the new semester off on the wrong foot with his latest teacher, Professor Marshall Kane. He also spent his year in therapy having dealing with his daddy issues, facing his complicated feelings for Annie, discovering a shared past he had with Shirley, and negotiating a peace between the warring factions of Pillowtown and Blanketsburg. When the Biology class was cancelled before the end of the school year, he and the group are forced to lose their credits and retake the class. In anger, they instigated a riot in the cafeteria which led to them all being expelled. They redeemed themselves when Jeff and the group save Greendale from the rule of its new overlord Ben Chang. They are all reinstated but Troy is forced to join the Air Conditioner Repair School and told never to see his friends again. Despite the loss, Jeff and the rest of the group retake Biology during the summer. On the day of the final exams, he was asked to represent Shirley against Pierce in a Greendale Summer Court case over the title of ownership for their joint business venture "Shirley's Sandwiches". He faced off against Pierce's representative, his former law firm colleague Alan Conner. Alan bribed him with his old job at the firm to throw the case. Instead, he resolves the dispute amicably with a "Winger Speech". In retaliation, Alan told Jeff he was responsible for getting him fired. Jeff already knew and thanked him as he sincerely appreciated his time spent at Greendale.

2011-2012 semester

"Biology 101": On his first day of school, Jeff gets kicked out of the study group's latest class by angering the teacher, Professor Marshall Kane. While trying to get back in class he gets sprayed by monkey gas which temporarily makes him unstable. Feeling abandoned by the study group he confronts them in Group Study Room F and attempts to destroy the study table with an ax. Pierce later takes the blame for his behavior and Jeff is forgiven by the group. He also makes amends to Professor Kane and is allowed back into class.

"Geography of Global Conflict": Jeff encourages Annie to face off against her nemesis Annie Kim.

"Remedial Chaos Theory": While at Troy and Abed's housewarming party for their new apartment, Jeff proposes the roll of a Yahtzee die to determine who should go downstairs to get the pizzas from the delivery guy which creates six different scenarios.

"Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps": Jeff and Britta investigate who may be the most psychologically unstable member of the study group.

"Studies in Modern Movement": After skipping out on helping Annie move into Troy and Abed's apartment, Jeff is blackmailed by Craig Pelton to spend the day with hi at the mall.

"Documentary Filmmaking: Redux": Jeff is cast to play Dean Pelton in the new commercial for Greendale Community College.

"Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism": Jeff and Shirley team up to take down German exchange students hogging the Foosball table and discover they have a shared past. She bullied him when they were kids and beat him in a game of Foosball. She further humiliated him by causing him to pee his pants after jabbing him with a Foosball shaft. He forgives her after realizing she truly regrets what she did and has since changed for the better.

"Regional Holiday Music': Jeff is convinced by Annie to participate in the Greendale Glee Club's Christmas pageant.

"Contemporary Impressionists": Jeff sees a new therapist who over medicates him with anti-anxiety pills. This leads to an ego field rampage at a Bar Mitzvah where he is shot by Ben Chang with a tranquilizer gun.

"Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts": Jeff struggles to write a toast for Shirley and Andre's upcoming nuptials. At the rehearsal dinner, he and Britta get drunk and try to convince the pastor to marry them.

"Digital Exploration of Interior Design": Jeff and Annie discover a poison pen letter in his locker from someone named "Kim".

"Pillows and Blankets": Jeff takes advantage of the feud between Troy's Blanket Fort and Abed's Pillow Fort to avoid taking classes.

"Origins of Vampire Mythology": Jeff and Shirley go to a carnival being held on the campus grounds to investigate a former boyfriend of Britta's named Blade.

"Basic Lupine Urology": Jeff and Annie prosecute Todd for the sabotage of the study group's yam Biology project.

"Course Listing Unavailable": Jeff is angered that he and the study group are being forced to retake Biology and helps to incite a riot at Star-Burns memorial service.

"Curriculum Unavailable": Jeff and the study group attend a group therapy session with Abed which leads to a startling revelation.

"First Chang Dynasty" Jeff and the study group plan an elaborate caper to rescue a kidnapped Dean Pelton and put an end to Chang's rule over Greendale.

"Introduction to Finality": Jeff is given an ultimatum by Alan and must choose between loyalty to his friends or his future career as a lawyer at his old law firm.

Season Four[]

I'm just a grown man who can't look his own friends in the eye for too long because I'm afraid that they'll see that I am broken.

Jeff telling his father how badly his leaving affected him, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations".

School year synopsis

In the study group's fourth year at Greendale, Jeff is actually eager to start the year. He reveals to everyone that he is only a few credits shy from graduating having taken additional courses online over the summer. He is forced to participate in a competition called "'The Hunger Deans" in order to secure spots for each of the study group members in a class they all signed up for. In his personal life, Jeff finally gets closure with his father issues. He reunites with William Winger on Thanksgiving Day and also is introduced to his half-brother Willy Jr. whom he bonds with over how poorly their father treated them. He has a similar bonding moment with Pierce after he agreed to go to an old-fashioned barbershop with him. He also investigated Ben Chang's claim of amnesia when he returned to school. He continues to open up to the study group even sharing with them his most shameful secret and owned up to his past misdeeds. After passing his History class, he gets enough credits to graduate and starts to feel anxiety over leaving his friends to return to his former life as a lawyer. He imagines a scenario involving "The Darkest Timeline" which ends up reaffirming that he is no longer the selfish guy he was when he started at school. Later at a graduation ceremony thrown by his friends, he thanks them for changing him for the better.

2012-2013 semester

"History 101": Jeff competes in the Hunger Deans competition to win spots in History class for himself and the study group.

"Paranormal Parentage": After dealing with Pierce and seeing him handle his family problems, Jeff finally decides to call his father to deal with his own personal issues.

"Conventions of Space and Time": Jeff attends an Inspector Spacetime convention with Troy, Abed, Britta and Annie and learns he has a resemblance to character on the show called "Thoraxis".

"Alternative History of the German Invasion": Jeff gets the study group to take part in an elaborate ruse to stop The Germans from using Group Study Room F.

"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations": Jeff finally reunites with his father, William Winger, on Thanksgiving Day.

"Advanced Documentary Filmmaking": Jeff tries to prove that Chang is faking his "Changnesia" and brings in his ex-wife Alessandra Chang to prove it.

"Heroic Origins": Jeff learns that the first big case he won as a lawyer involving a stripper named Mysti which cost him his job also might have accidentally led to the end of Shirley and Andre's marriage.

"Advanced Introduction to Finality": Jeff is anxious about graduating from Greendale and daydreams that Evil Jeff"The Darkest Timeline" has crossed over to corrupt him.

Season Five[]

I'm not becoming a teacher Abed, that's lame.

–Jeff, "Repilot".

School year synopsis

After a law firm he started goes under, Jeff is reunited with the study group for another year at Greendale Community College. He accepts a teaching position at school as the new Law professor. He and the study group join a "Save Greendale Committee" tasked with bringing harmony to the school's campus. Jeff and Annie investigate the campus menace known as the "Ass Crack Bandit" which comes to an abrupt end when they learn of Pierce Hawthorne's death. After attending his funeral, Jeff and the group submit to a private inquest into Pierce's death stipulated by his will. For his participation, he is bequeathed a bottle of fine scotch and a Liquid nitrogen cooled cylinder of Pierce's sperm. Jeff joins in a campus-wide game of "Hot Lava" hosted by Abed in honor of Troy who is leaving Greendale. Jeff and the Save Greendale Committee decorate the Mid Term dance with disastrous results. He later helps Duncan try to woo Britta and attempts to take down Shirley when an app makes her a bully again. Jeff later discovers a stash of possibly lucrative textbooks which he and the committee unsuccessfully try to fence. He joins the committee in trying to help Buzz reconnect with his son Hank through a game of Dungeons & Dragons. On his fortieth birthday, he takes anti-ageing pills and falls into a coma and imagined he was in a G.I. Joe cartoon. when Greendale is about to be sold to the Subway corporation, Jeff and Britta try to cope with the situation by becoming engaged. The two reluctantly join the rest of the committee in a desperate quest to save the school. During the quest, Jeff used his feelings for Annie to power an emotion fueled computer that freed him and his friends from an underground laboratory they were trapped in. After the committee is successful in stopping the sale of the school, Jeff and Britta officially call off their engagement.

2013-2014 semester

"Repilot": Jeff makes an unexpected return to Greendale.

"Introduction to Teaching": Jeff settles into his new job as a Law professor with the help of Professor Buzz Hickey.

"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Jeff and Annie team up for another escapade trying to catch the elusive "Ass Crack Bandit".

"Cooperative Polygraphy": From beyond the grave Pierce continues to question Jeff's sexuality begin giving him his bequeathal.

"Geothermal Escapism": Jeff participates in Abed's farewell "Hot Lava" game to Troy which becomes an epic school event.

"Analysis of Cork-Based Networking": Jeff and the save. Greendale Committee regret taking Chang's advice on a theme for the midterm dance.

"App Development and Condiments": Jeff teams with Britta to take down Shirley and a status ranking app which is the newest campus sensation.

"Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons": Jeff and the committee play a game of "Dungeons & Dragons" with Buzz and his son Hank.

"G.I. Jeff": Jeff imagines he is having an adventure in the 1980's cartoon "G.I. Joe".

"Basic Story": Jeff and Britta get engaged after he finds out that Greendale is getting sold to Subway.

"Basic Sandwich": Jeff and the gang attempt to save Greendale, and then he and Britta mutually decide to break up.

Season Six[]

You did it Jeff Winger. This is your school now.

–Jeff, "Ladders".

School year synopsis

Jeff returned for a sixth year at Greendale triumphant after having rescued the school from closing. However, a disaster the Save Greendale Committee failed to prevent led to Dean Pelton hiring a consultant named Francesca "Frankie" Dart. Initially, Jeff clashed with Frankie but eventually accepted her and inventor Elroy Patashnik into the group. He and the new committee dealt with an attack ad City College was going to air against Greendale, a program allowing convicts to attend school via tele-robots, having their personal emails released to the public by a hacker and getting drawn into yet another paintball conflict. Throughout the semester, Jeff became increasingly depressed and noticeably drank more alcohol. This led to an emotional breakdown where he admitted to Abed he feared he'd be stuck at Greendale alone as all his friends left him. He is forced to confront this possibility at the end of the school year. Both Annie and Abed announce they are leaving for the summer to pursue opportunities outside of Greendale. He had a conversation with Annie where he confessed his anxieties along with his true feelings for her. She convinced him to accept the pros and cons of his situation and they shared a brief kiss. Afterwards, he drove Annie and Abed to the airport and saw them off. He then went to The Vatican bar and shared a drink with the remaining members of the committee.

2014-2015 semester

"Ladders": Jeff, Britta and Annie clashes with the committee's new consultant Frankie Dart.

"Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care": Jeff and Frankie try to rescue Dean Pelton from a virtual reality machine he bought from inventor Elroy Patashnik.

"Basic Crisis Room Decorum": Jeff advises the committee to be as underhanded as City College when they learn the rival school plans to air an attack ad against Greendale.

"Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing": Jeff encourages the Dean to lie for a promotion.

"Laws of Robotics & Party Rights": Jeff clashes with a convict attending Greendale via a telepresence robot.

"Basic Email Security": Jeff and the committee's emails are leaked by a hacker.

"Advanced Safety Features": Jeff tries to get Elroy to like him.

"Intro to Recycled Cinema": Jeff is upset when his scene in a low-budget film is about to get cut.

"Basic RV Repair and Palmistry": Jeff and the committee go on a road trip with Elroy to help him deliver a giant hand that Pelton bought.

"Modern Espionage": Jeff finds drawn into a secret paintball conflict despite his promise to Frankie that he would help her put an end to those shenanigans.

"Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television": Jeff is forced to confront his worst fears about being left behind.


In the study group[]

Jeff was considered the leader by default within the study group. As much as he made a show of lamenting this he inwardly embraced being in charge. Although at times he exploited his position more often than not he did right by the study group. In time he came to care greatly for them and even admitted they changed him for the better. When he became a teacher he became depressed at the thought of everyone leaving him behind while he stayed on as faculty. Eventually, he came to accept that they needed to go out and try to live in the real world away from the craziness of Greendale like he once did.

Britta Perry (See main article: "Jeff and Britta")
Jeff's aggressive pursuit of Britta in his first year at Greendale led to the formation of the study group. Initially, they considered themselves to be the group's parental figures but settled on just being their friends. They became lovers during their first year at school and during their second year began a secret friends-with-benefits relationship. Eventually, they mutually decided to stop the arrangement once their friends learned about it. Despite three separate occasions where they got engaged, they had a platonic and at times antagonistic relationship.
Britta and Jeff
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Annie Edison (See main article: "Jeff and Annie")
Annie was charmed by Jeff along with the rest of the study group and a mutual attraction bloomed after they shared an unexpected kiss. This underlying sexual tension continued throughout the rest of their time at Greendale. However, Jeff kept his distance from Annie, uncomfortable with the age difference. It wasn't until their sixth year together at school that he admitted how he felt and the two shared a brief kiss. She assured him that they might not have missed their chance by stating that future was not set. He later drove Annie and Abed to the airport for summer internships they had out of state.
Notable appearances:
Abed Nadir (See main article: "Jeff and Abed")
Jeff met Abed first before the study group was formed. Initially he acted as Jeff's flunky but thus eventually became a more equal friendship. They briefly became roommates which further cemented the relationship. Like the rest of the study group, Jeff accepted Abed's odd behavior and was shown to be very protective of him. Abed is one of the few members of the group Jeff goes to for advice. After their sixth year at school, Jeff drove both Annie and Abed to the airport when they left Greendale for job opportunities out of state. Jeff hugged Abed twice before he departed.
Notable appearances:
Shirley Bennett (See main article: "Jeff and Shirley")
As with the other members of the study group, Shirley has a mostly maternal relationship with Jeff. Although annoyed with her mother-henning and sermonizing, Jeff respected her beliefs and appreciated that she cared so much for her friends. In their third year at school, they learned about a shared history they had. When Shirley was 12-years-old she publicly humiliated a 10-year-old Jeff by making him wet his pants in a game of foosball. They have since made peace with the past and have become even closer. Jeff even stated that Shirley was the only one who understood him. Shirley has been shown to be one of the best influences on Jeff during his time at Greendale.
Notable appearances:
Pierce Hawthorne (See main article:"Jeff and Pierce")
Pierce was at first in awe of Jeff as was the rest of the study group and tried repeatedly to become his best friend. He later became envious of Jeff's status in the group and often claimed Jeff was gay. Despite this, Pierce showed several times that he did care about Jeff and on rare occasions offered some helpful advice. Jeff and the study group would later mourn Pierce's passing and take part in a polygraph test which was dictated in Hawthorne's will.
S101 BFF's
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Troy Barnes (See main article: "Jeff and Troy")
Troy initially looked up to Jeff admired his way with women, particularly Britta whom he had a crush on. Jeff and Troy are the two most physical members of the group and sometimes compete in athletic contests. As Troy began to assert himself more Britta suggested Jeff felt threatened by him. When Troy left on his trip around the world he told Jeff he was the coolest person he knew. Jeff responded that Troy was actually cooler since he was leaving Colorado, something he himself had never done.
1x12-Troy Jeff Forrest Whitaker
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Other notable relationships[]

Ian Duncan
Years ago, when Jeff was still a lawyer for Hamish, Hamlin and Hamlin, he successfully defended Ian Duncan from DUI charges and the two become friends. This relationship is the primary reason Jeff decided to go to Greendale after he was disbarred for faking his credentials. He had hoped to exploit their friendship to cheat his way to a legit degree, which Duncan refused. Although Ian is at times as unethical as Jeff, he will sometimes try to teach him a lesson. The two remain friends and drinking buddies.
Duncan and Jeff
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Michelle Slater (See main article: "Jeff and Slater")
In Jeff's first year at Greendale, he romantically pursued his Statistics professor Michelle Slater. They started dating secretly but eventually were found out by his friends and Dean Pelton. A brief rough patch occurred due to a pair of drunk dials exchanged between Jeff and Britta. Despite forgiving him for the misunderstanding, she suddenly and unexpectedly dumped him. At the end of the school year, she admitted to Jeff she made a mistake. This led to a showdown between her and Britta for Jeff at the Tranny Dance. After they both declared their love for him, Jeff found himself unable to respond. Taking advantage of a distraction, he shared a look with Slater before exiting the dance.
Jeff and Slater
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Dean Craig Pelton
The Dean has a crush on Jeff and always tried to make a move on him, often touching him inappropriately and talking suggestively to him. A few times the Dean will go too far such as when he blackmailed Jeff to spend the day with him at the mall. Although annoyed by his creepy advances, Jeff has shown to be somewhat fond of the Dean and even had fun on their "date" together. He has gone as far as forgiving Dean for his crazy antics on the set of a Greendale commercial he was filming and also hatching a plan to save Craig from Chang after he is kidnapped and replaced by Faux-by.
4X1 Jeff dipping the Dean
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William Winger
William Winger is Jeff's father who left him at a very young age. William is contacted by Jeff in his fourth year at school in order to confront his unresolved abandonment issues. They meet on Thanksgiving Day and after some awkwardness, they start to bond. However, a Jeff is infuriated when William suggests him leaving had a positive impact on his son. Jeff finally unloads all the animosity he's been carrying and tells William how badly his abandonment affected him. William feigns a heart attack but Jeff sees through the ruse and leaves finally having attained a measure of closure for the years of bitterness he felt towards his father.
4X5 Jeff and William
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Willy Jr.
Willy Jr. is Jeff's half-brother whom he met at the Thanksgiving dinner at his father's home. Willy grew jealous of the rapport Jeff quickly formed with William. However, Jeff left after their father made a thoughtless comment. Jeff drove away unaware that Willie Junior was hiding in the backseat. After revealing himself, he asked Jeff to teach him how to be aloof so their father will like him too. Willy made Jeff realize that suppressing his emotions is the same as letting their father off the hook for being a bad parent. After confronting William, Willy Jr thanked Jeff with a hug for saying what he couldn't to their father.
Willy Jr. And Jeff
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Sabrina Shmuckle
Jeff met Sabrina, Dean Pelton's new assistant, when she was helping the Dean with the STD Fair. She caught Jeff's eye and later, after some teasing from Pierce about his recent dating dry spell, he gets her to be his date. Unwittingly, Pierce tricks him into going with him and his new girlfriend Doreen on a double date to the STD fair. Although very attractive, she is too easily charmed and very immature as pointed out by Doreen to Jeff. Later that night, during a parking lot make-out session inside his Lexus, Sabrina's immaturity becomes too much of a turn off for Jeff and he loses interest in her.
Sabrina and Jeff 1
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Jeff has had multiple flings with other girls, including Amber, Pierce's step-daughter. Jeff tries to be a good friend to Pierce and not have sex with his step-daughter, but he eventually gives in. However, upon finding out that Amber is grifting Pierce, Jeff breaks things off with her.
BG Jeff and Amber make out
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In the study group's second year at Greendale, Annie develops a crush on Rich and suggests that he join the study group. In response Jeff finds Quendra and offers her as a better candidate. She walks out before a decision can be made after Pierce insultingly propositions her. At the end of the year paintball game, she joined Jeff's paintball assault squad on the City College machine gun placement. She was inspired by a stirring speech from Jeff only to be disappointed when he quickly changed his tune after getting eliminated.
Taking QUover with a QU
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Class history[]

Student Rec
Student Name: Jeff Winger Major: Education Enrolled: 2009 — 2013
Semester Course Instructor Enrolled Students
Fall 2009 Accounting Prof. Eustice Whitman Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir and Jeff Winger
Spanish 101 Señor Ben Chang Buddy Austin, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry, Toby and Jeff Winger
Statistics Prof. Michelle Slater Jeff Winger
Spring 2010 Art of Pool Coach Herbert Bogner Leonard Rodriguez and Jeff Winger
Beginner Pottery Prof. Marian Holly Annie Edison, Abed Nadir, Rich Stephenson and Jeff Winger
Nutrition Unnamed professor Jeff Winger
Spanish 102 Señor Ben Chang,
Dr. Escodera
Buddy Austin, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Fall 2010 Anthropology 101 Prof. June Bauer,
Dr. Ian Duncan
Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
"Conspiracy Theories in U.S. History" "P. Professorson" Jeff Winger Fake class. Credits revoked.
Unknown 2010-11 Hairstyling Unnamed professor Troy Barnes and Jeff Winger
Spring 2011 Anthropology 102 Dr. Ian Duncan Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Ben Chang, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Fat Neil, Rich Stephenson, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Introduction to Italian Wines Unnamed professor Ben Chang, Pierce Hawthorne, Jeff Winger and  Wu Mei 
Fall 2011 Biology 101 Prof. Marshall Kane Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Todd Jacobson, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Magnitude, Britta Perry, Jeff Winger and  Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne 
Spring 2012 Biology Prof. Marshall Kane Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Todd Jacobson, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Magnitude, Britta Perry, Jeff Winger and  Fat Neil 
Fall 2012/
Spring 2013
History Prof. Noel Cornwallis Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Lukas, Karl, Abed Nadir, Britta Perry, Reinhold and Jeff Winger


Jeff's age[]

Jeff's age in the Season Five episode "G.I. Jeff" is revealed to be forty. This information contradicts established canon that his age at the start of the show around 33-34. It is possible he was lying the entire time, however this revelation conflicts with information in previous episodes as well as statements Community creator Dan Harmon himself had made early in the show's production. Below are several "Community" episodes which hint at Jeff's age.

  • "The Art of Discourse": in 2010 Jeff is called "35" by Mark Cahill and doesn't dispute it.
  • "Early 21st Century Romanticism": In 2011, Ben Chang steals Jeff's driver's license which clearly says "November 21, 1971" (this is actor Joel McHale's birthdate). On DVD commentaries for this episode and also in a tweet to a fan, Harmon dismissed this as a production error and suggested that Jeff was several years younger than him or Joel. At the time McHale was 40 and Harmon was 38.
  • "Intro to Political Science": In 2011, a videotape of Jeff's audition for "The Real World: Seattle" is shown. Jeff says he was "like 19" when he recorded that tape. The Real World: Seattle premiered on June 16, 1998, and if it followed the production schedule of other Real World shows, then it accepted audition tapes the previous year in 1997. This then suggests that Jeff was born around 1978. That puts Jeff's age at that time around 33-34. It should then make him 36-37 in Season Five.
  • "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism": In 2012 Jeff claimed he was 10 years old when he met Shirley "Big Cheddar," who was 12 at the time. If Jeff was lying then he was 14-15 and looked small for his age in the flashback shown. This also means Shirley's age gets increased to 42. Incidentally, the child actor hired to play young Jeff (Jacob Bertrand) was 11 years old at the time.
  • "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations": in 2012, Jeff very specifically tells his father he faked an appendectomy in seventh grade "22 years ago." The average age of a seventh grader is between 11-13, older if Jeff had failed a grade and was held back or younger if he skipped a grade (unlikely as it would probably be something he'd brag about). This is consistent with previous episodes as it places his age at that time to be around 34-35 which would make him 36-37 in Season Five. Additionally, it's unlikely Jeff could get away with lying about his age to his own father.

After "G.I. Jeff" originally aired Community writer and executive producer Andy Bobrow had a discussion with several fans on his Twitter account about this discontinuity and responded with this tweet:

“@Funkapus @SaraLinnLinn We try not to be sloppy. Try to make the characters as real as possible. Sometimes we screw up and everyone tells us.”

Other notes[]

  • The name of the character in the original script was "Jeff Crocker".
  • Jeff may have studied in the country Colombia in the past, as part of the reason he was a successful lawyer prior to entering Greendale was that he had a college degree from "Colombia University," which sounds like the world-famous Ivy League school "Columbia University."
  • Jeff had a chocolate lab named Rosie growing up.
  • Jeff is agnostic.
  • Jeff may own a collection of mint condition Spider-Man comics, ("Home Economics") however this is more likely him simply attempting to sell Abed's comics as during the episode he is living with Abed who is shown to own rare comics. ("Geothermal Escapism")
  • Jeff attempted to pay tuition with airline miles for a time. ("Communication Studies")
  • Four cheese is Jeff's favorite type of pizza.
  • According to Britta, Jeff enjoys nipple play during sex.
  • In the Community College Chronicles, Jeff is played by Andrew Peters.
  • Jeff's favorite stores include The Gap and Banana Republic ("Studies in Modern Movement")
  • When he was 23, Jeff auditioned for MTV's The Real World with the George Michael song, Faith. He changed the lyrics to say "you've got to have Jeff." He's a Libertarian. ("Intro to Political Science")
  • It is shown that Jeff has a PlayStation 3 in his apartment.
  • As implied by Cornelius, Pierce's racist father, Jeff is of Welsh heritage. ("Advanced Gay")
  • He has never told anyone how he styles his hair.
  • Chang lived with Jeff for a while after his wife kicked him out.
  • Jeff is left-handed, although he fires guns with his right hand.
  • Jeff has appeared in every episode of the show.
  • Jeff has kissed each of the female members of his Study Group: Britta in "Introduction to Film", "Modern Warfare", and "Anthropology 101", Annie in "Debate 109" and various other episodes and Shirley in "Contemporary Impressionists".
  • Jeff's character is at least partially based on Dan Harmon's own experiences in college, where he grew attached to his Spanish study group.
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(See article "Winger speeches" for more quotes)

Season One quotes[]

I discovered at a very early age that if I talk long enough, I can make anything right or wrong. So either I'm God or truth is relative. In either case, booyah!Jeff, "Pilot"
You know what I don't get? He never wears a shirt; he never wears shoes: why hasn't he died from lack of service?Jeff dissing Vaughn Miller, "Romantic Expressionism"
Well, it's funny. I enrolled here as a selfish loner, but you and the group have given me a crash course in friendship.Jeff, "Introduction to Statistics"

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  1. In "Beginner Pottery" Jeff has flashbacks of his mother overpraising him
  2. Jeff declares this in "Comparative Religion" when the rest of the study mention their religions
  3. In "Accounting for Lawyers" Jeff recounted this story to his ex-boss Ted
  4. In a flashback shown in "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism", when Jeff was a boy he meet Shirley who humiliated him in a football game by causing him to pee his pants
  5. In "Intro to Recycled Cinema" Jeff's underlying depression erupts when he steals a film the Save Greendale Committee was working on and has a honest conversation to Abed about it.
  6. In "Biology 101"Professor Kane pointed this out to him
  7. In "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" Pierce gets Jeff to freak out by tricking him into thinking he is going to meet his father.
  8. In "Introduction to Finality", after Alan Connor told him he was responsible for his disbarment, Jeff thanked him as he genuinely valued his time at Greendale