It’s part way into the first week of classes at Greendale Community Colleges in 2009 fall semester. The Dean, Craig Pelton, is trying to deliver an inspirational lecture while welcoming the new freshmen but ends up failing badly. In the background, Jeff Winger views the train wreck while attempting to disregard another classmate named Abed Nadir. Abed is in the midst of talking to Jeff about his life story he cuts him off. Jeff questions him for a report on a female classmate he observed in the Spanish class they both take. Abed informs him that her name is Britta and immediately starts to knock off various facts about her. Surprised, Jeff Thanks, Abed before running off to reach an old friend of his, Educator Ian Duncan. Jeff Winger is disbarred and halted from his law firm when it is realized that he twisted some facts about owning a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. This gives him with no option but to enroll at Greendale Community College to obtain a legitimate degree. Jeff quickly becomes drawn to his activist classmate, Britta Perry, and intends to run a study group to spend more time with her. Nevertheless, his plans go awry when she asks Abed Nadir, a pop culture-loving nerd, who directs other classmates along like, Shirley Bennett a Christian single mother, naïve know it all Annie Edison, ex-high school football star and goofball Troy Barnes, and a withdrew millionaire Pierce Hawthorne. Despite their dissimilarities, the group soon become close friends. While taking select gatherings together term after semester, the group members are often lured into helping the college’s showy Dean, Craig Pelton, in his designs to make the school resemble something reputable, while dealing with the antics of their unhinged teacher Ben Chang.
Jeffrey Tobias “Jeff” Winger is a grad of Greendale Community College, who was formerly a practicing attorney-at-law. He was raised in Denver, Colorado by his Father William Winger and mother Doreen Winger née Fitzgerald. His father later left his mother when he was quite tender and later had an another son named Willy Jr., who is Jeff’s half-brother. As an adult, Jeff developed into a very successful defense attorney exercising in DUI/DWAI/DUID cases, traffic misdemeanors, and juvenile crimes for over six years. He worked for a law firm called Hamish, Hamish & Hamlin that was established by Ted. At work, he was often partnered with another lawyer named as Mark, and the two were identified as “Tango & Cash” respectively. A drunk driving case Jeff worked incorporated a Psychology Professor called Ian Duncan with whom he ultimately became great friends. At the height of his authority at the firm, Jeff’s false academic credentials were exposed by a partner of his named Alan Conner. Jeff was instantly disbarred with his license suspended until he merited a legal degree. For four years he went to Greendale with this goal in mind. Throughout this time, he became close friends with a study group he formed. After having obtained an Associates degree in Education, he briefly returned to exercising law and unsuccessfully started his private law firm. Once it folded, he retired to Greendale where he received a job as a Law professor. He was also joined with his study group and acceded to a special “Save Greendale Committee” to enhance campus life.