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Jeff Winger
aka "Tinkletown", "Tango", "Milord","Thoraxis"
Portrayed by: Joel McHale
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television
Date of birth: November 20, 1970's
Home town: Denver, Colorado
Department: Law
Position: Law professor
Doreen Winger née Fitzgerald (mother), William Winger (father), Willy Winger, Jr. (half-brother)


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

Jeffrey Tobias "Jeff" Winger (played by Joel McHale) is a graduate of Greendale Community College who was once a practicing attorney. He was born in Denver, Colorado to his parents William Winger and Doreen Winger née Fitzgerald . His father divorced his mother when he was very young and later had another child named Willy Jr. who is Jeff's half-brother. 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 eventually became good friends with. 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 immediately disbarred with his license suspended until he earned a legitimate degree. For four years he went to Greendale with this goal in mind. During this time he became close friends with a study group he formed. After having earned an Associates degree in Education, he briefly returned to practicing law and unsuccessfully started his own law firm. After it folded, he returned to Greendale where he accepted a job as a Law professor. 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 over praising him when he was a child ("Beginner Pottery"). He is an Agnostic ("Comparative Religion"), although this can be seen as an example of his tendency not to put any effort into anything. He hates talking about his feelings and tries to avoid dealing with emotional conflicts ("Remedial Chaos Theory"). Despite this, he has a charming personality and is known for his persuasive arguments, a trait which served him well when he was an attorney. As Professor Kane pointed out to him ("Biology 101"), he keeps people at a distance and cannot open himself up to others; this is directly tied into his father's abandonment of him at an early age ("Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"). He confessed to his ex-boss Ted ("Accounting for Lawyers") that he admired the cool looking divorce lawyer hired by his parents because he did his job without letting his personal feelings get in the way. This, along with an unfortunate incident with a bully named "Big Cheddar" ("Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"), helped shape the negative aspects to his personality. However, Jeff's time with the study group has been a more positive influence and started to change him for the better. When Alan Connor tells him he was responsible for his disbarment, Jeff thanks him as he genuinely values his time spent at Greendale ("Introduction to Finality"). Although the group originally tended to look to Jeff as their leader, they began to rely on him less in this role.
Jeff Winger Season Two sitting promo pic2
Jeff Winger Season Two promo pic sitting

Character historyEdit

Season OneEdit

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. That relationship reached it's climax at the annual Paintball Assassin game when Jeff and Britta 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.

2009-2019 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 situations to 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").

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. Jeff made up with Pierce but despite all of the pomp and circumstance in their presentation they ended up getting an "F" ("Spanish 101").

Jeff signed up for an Accounting class taught by 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 Britta, Abed and his father's. She encourages 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 projected to Jeff, Britta and his father which convinced Gobi 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").

A disciplinary tribunal consisting of Dean Pelton, Duncan and Chang was held in Borchert Hall to deal with Britta who admitted to cheating on a Spanish test. 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 her new defense and got her sentenced reduced to a one years worth of mandated therapy sessions from Duncan. Afterwards, Britta begrudgingly thanked Jeff as they watched Pierce perform the new school song on the quad ("Advanced Criminal Law").

When Jeff refused to be a part of Greendale 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 just selfishly wants Troy all for herself. Annie countered that maybe true but unlike Jeff she genuinely cares for Troy. Later, Jeff went to the gymn 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 Muertes " 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 leaves 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 abscence 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 he accepted an offer from Abed to move temporarily into his dorm room. Unfortunately his stay had a negative affect on him as he became too complacent and unfocused. Abed noticed his personality shift and asked Britta to help motivate Jeff. Britta snuck into Jeff's condo and retrieved his expensive Italian faucets heads. She gave it back to Jeff to provide him incentive to snap him out if his funk ("Home Economics").

"Debate 109": Jeff teams up with Annie for the intercollegiate debate championship.

"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 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 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 TwoEdit

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 remaing players and forming an alliance against the interlopers. Under thier 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 the Jeffs 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 whose 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 assasination game.

Season ThreeEdit

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 it's 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 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 thier 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 which sees him being 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 FourEdit

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 barber shop 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 FiveEdit

Im 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 Pierces 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 try unsuccessfully 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-aging 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 mid Term 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 SixEdit

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 acceoted 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 becomes increasingly depressed worried that he's stuck at Greendale while all his friends eventually get to leave. Jeff has an emotional breakdown and admitted this to Abed and is forced to confront his fear 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 went to The Vatican bar and shared a drink with the renaming members of the committee.

2014-2015 semester
"Ladders": Jeff, Britta and Annie clashes with the committees 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 as 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 teleprescence 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 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 groupEdit

Britta Perry (See main article:"Jeff and Britta")
Jeff and Britta were the first major pairing, romantic or otherwise, on Community. A clear love/hate dynamic was established between the two with Jeff's aggressive pursuit of Britta romantically in the beginning of Season One. Although Jeff created the study group as a means to impress her, he eventually forms a close bond with with all of them including Britta. Initially, they felt a sense of responsibility towards the other members of the study group and considered themselves to be their Greendale parents. They became lovers and on three seperate occasions even got engaged although each instance was influenced not by genuine emotion but by various circumstances. They eventually settled into a more platonic relationship tinged with a bit of friendly antagonism as they enjoy giving each other a hard time.
Britta and Jeff
Notable appearances:

"Pilot", "The Art of Discourse", "Modern Warfare", "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"

Annie Edison (See main article:"Jeff and Annie")
Annie was initially suspicious of Jeff when they first met but eventually was charmed by him along with the rest of the study group. While romantically pursuing other members of the study group they discovered a mutual attraction after they shared an unexpected kiss. This underlying sexual tension between them continued throughout the rest of their time at Greendale. As suggested by Dean Pelton the two shared various misadventures together at school to sublimate their feelings for each other. Jeff maintained his distance from Annie uncomfortable with the age difference. It wasn't until their sixth year together at school that he finally admitted how he felt and the two shared a brief kiss. She assuaged his belief that they might have missed their chance by stating that future was not set.
Notable appearances:

"Debate 109", "Pascal's Triangle Revisited", "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design", "Asian Population Studies", "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics", "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"

Abed Nadir (See main article:"Jeff and Abed")
Jeff meets Abed first before the study group is formed. Initially in Season One, he acts like Jeff's flunky. Eventually, this evolves into a good friendship, particularly after they briefly become roommates when Jeff is evicted from his condo. Like the rest of the study group, Jeff accepts Abed's odd behavior and has shown to be very protective of him. Abed is one of the few members of the group Jeff often goes to for advice. Abed has admitted he admires Jeff's ability to instantly bond with others because it's something he has trouble with himself despite his close relationship to Troy.
Notable appearances:

"Pilot", "Investigative Journalism", "Critical Film Studies"

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 respects her beliefs and appreciates that she cares so much for her friends. They have recently learned about a history they share together; 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 closer with Jeff even saying that Shirley is the only one who understands him. Shirley has been shown to be one of the best influences on Jeff during his time at Greendale.
Notable appearances:

"Social Psychology", "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism", "Origins of Vampire Mythology"

Pierce Hawthorne (See main article:"Jeff and Pierce")
Pierce initially is as in awe of Jeff as the rest of the study group and tries repeatedly to become his best friend. He later become envious of Jeff's status in the group. He will often claim that Jeff is gay and has made many remarks about this. Despite this, Pierce has shown that he does care about Jeff on several occasions. When Jeff goes crazy in pottery class, he gives him advice about accepting his limitations. He later took the blame for Jeff's actions when he tried to destroy the study table by telling the group he bribed Professor Kane to kick him out of class. Pierce took pity on him seeing how Jeff had a harder time being excluded from the group than he did.
S101 BFF's
Notable appearances:

"Spanish 101", "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking", "History 101", "Economics of Marine Biology"

Troy Barnes
Troy initially looks up to Jeff, especially admiring his way with women. Occasionally, he'll exhibit signs of jealousy over Jeff's relationship with Britta, who he has a crush on. Troy, like the rest of the study group, considers him the official leader but will at times argue with decisions he has made. Jeff and Troy are the two most physical members of the group and sometimes play basketball games together. As the series progresses, Troy struggles with his attempts to be seen as more mature and his childish antics with Abed. He starts to assert himself more and Britta suggested Jeff feels threatened by him now.
1x12-Troy Jeff Forrest Whitaker
Notable appearances:

"Football, Feminism and You", "Aerodynamics of Gender", "Basic Human Anatomy"

Other notable relationshipsEdit

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 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
Notable appearances:

"Pilot", "Pascal's Triangle Revisited", "Early 21st Century Romanticism"

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 admits to Jeff she might have made a mistake. This leads to a showdown between her and Britta for Jeff at the Tranny Dance. After both declared their love for him, Jeff found himself unable to respond. Taking advantage of a distraction, he exited the dance sharing a look with Slater before leaving.
Jeff and Slater
Notable appearances:

"Introduction to Statistics", "Interpretive Dance", "Basic Genealogy", "Pascal's Triangle Revisited"

Dean Craig Pelton
The Dean has a bit of a crush on Jeff and always tries to make a move on him, often touching him inappropriately and talking suggestively to him. A few times the Dean will go too far with his crush 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
Notable appearances:

"Studies in Modern Movement", "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", "History 101"

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
Notable appearances:

"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"

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. He goes back and confronts William and later Willy Jr thanked him with a hug for saying what he couldn't to their father.
Willy Jr. And Jeff
Notable appearances:

"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"

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
Notable appearances:

"The Politics of Human Sexuality"

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
Notable appearances:

"Basic Genealogy"

In the study group's second year at Greendale, Annie develops a crush on Rich and suggests that he join the study group. Seemingly jealous over Annie's attraction and furthered by his own dislike of the Doctor, Jeff finds Quendra and offers her as a better candidate for study group membership. She ends up leaving after being propositioned by Pierce. At the end of the year paintball game, she joins Jeff's paintball assault squad on the City College machine gun placement. She is inspired by a stirring speech from Jeff to continue fighting but he quickly changes his tune after getting eliminated.
Taking QUover with a QU
Notable appearances:

"Asian Population Studies", "For A Few Paintballs More"

Class historyEdit

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 in the Season Five episode "G.I. Jeff" is revealed to be forty. It is unknown what year the episode takes place in; if it is 2014 than this information retcons the Season Two episode "Intro to Political Science" which places his age around 35.
  • The name of the character in the original script was "Jeff Crocker".
  • Jeff is Agnostic.
  • Four cheese is Jeff's favorite type of pizza.
  • Jeff enjoys nipple play during sex.
  • In the Community College Chronicles, Jeff is played by Andrew Peters.
  • In episode 2x15, Chang finds out where Jeff lives by stealing his driver's license. When the license is displayed on camera, it lists Jeff's date of birth as November 20, 1971, which is Joel McHale's actual birthday. It should be noted, however, that Dan Harmon calls this an error, and Jeff is younger than Joel McHale. The ID hasn't been explained.
  • Jeff's favorite stores include The Gap and Banana Republic (Ep 3:7).
  • When he was 23, Jeff auditioned for MTV's The Real World with the George Michael's song, Faith. He changed the lyrics to say "you've got to have Jeff."
  • It is shown that Jeff has a PlayStation 3 in his apartment.
  • As implied by Pierce's racist father in episode 3x6, Jeff is of Welsh heritage.
  • He has never told anyone how he styles his hair.
  • Jeff owns a collection of mint edition Spider-Man comics. (1:8)
  • Chang lived with Jeff for a while after his wife kicked him out.
  • Jeff attempted to pay tuition with airline miles for a time. (1:16)
  • 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 Study Group. Britta (in "Introduction to Film", "Modern Warfare", and "Anthropology 101"), Annie (in "Debate 109" and "Pascal's Triangle Revisited"), and Shirley (in "Contemporary Impressionists").
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(See article "Winger speeches" for more quotes)

Season One quotesEdit

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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