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Community features several short series of webisodes:

  • "The 5 A's" is a series of informational videos extolling the high points of Greendale, hosted by Dean of Admissions Pat Isakson.
  • "A/V Department" is a series of student films by Abed, specifically "Six Candles" from "Introduction to Film" and two episodes of "Community College Chronicles", an amateur sitcom featuring caricatures of the study group.
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  • "Office Hours" provides a peek into the life of Dean Pelton outside of the study group as he provides other students with advice during his office hours.
  • "The Spanish Video Assignment" is a two-parter featuring Abed and Starburns's video project for their Spanish 101 class. Starburns plays Starburns El Star Prince while Abed plays Starbrows in a quirky, kitschy sci-fi movie. Senor Chang fails the pair for not hewing closely enough to the prompt, but allows them to shoot a sequel for make-up points—provided Chang gets to star as antagonist Señor Tigre.
  • "Study Break" is a three-part series of mini-episodes showing the group's activities during 90-second study breaks mandated by Annie. These were included on the Season 1 DVDs.
  • "Abed's Master Key", a series of animated shorts taking place over the season 3 hiatus.
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  • "Community Airing Someday" is a short video made by the Community cast as a special present for the fans. It was put online after Community's scheduled air date of October 19th was put off and the series was put on an indefinite hiatus (although a February 7th airdate was scheduled before too long).

The Community webisode series "The 5 A's" provides examples of:

  • Bad "Bad Acting"
  • Creator Cameo: Isakson is played by Dan Harmon.
  • Cringe Comedy: There are certainly some elements of it.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "Higher education at the cost of a fancy meal? Bawn appetut!"
  • Laughing Mad: Dean Isakson engages in a bit of this, although it's all on the cutting room floor.
  • Loophole Abuse: Apparently Greendale is so affordable (a maximum of $64 per credit-hour, to be precise) that one of the interviewed students is somehow making a profit simply by attending.
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  • Mood Whiplash: In the outtakes Dean Isakson yells for at least a full minute straight about how he thinks everyone but him is screwing up the entire affair, then transitions back into his fake enthusiasm for another take without missing a beat.
  • Noodle Incident: Dean Isakson makes a vague mention of court settlements, and one of the interviewed students brings up "increased security since the Accident."
  • Punny Name: The a capella group is named the Tune-ition Payments.
  • Show Within a Show
  • Stepford Smiler: Dean Isakson is hiding some real issues.
  • Stylistic Suck
  • Teen Pregnancy: One of the interviewees had one, it seems.
    Young mother: The value made Greendale an...unexpected compromise.
    Young father: (lame shrug)

The Community webisode series "A/V Department" provides examples of:

  • Bad "Bad Acting": The actors Abed got to portray himself and his friends aren't very good, though in different ways and to various degrees. True to form, Britta is the worst; her actor speaks in a stilted way and completely fails to emote — Abed is almost as bad, as his actor radiates awkardness and over-pronounces everything. The rest of the actors are slightly better, but tend to overplay.
  • Character Exaggeration: This version of the characters are pretty exaggerated caricatures of their normal selves, almost to the point of Flanderization.
  • Life Embellished: The first episode of "Community College Chronicles" is simply a somewhat badly-performed and exaggerated abridgment of "Home Economics". The second episode involves lycanthropy.
  • Mary Sue: Invoked. Abed is one in "Pop Quiz," reversing the werewolf curse put on Troy and the "awkward sexual tension" put on Jeff and Annie. Annie even calls him "our favorite character"
  • Ship Tease: Played Up to Eleven with Jeff/Britta in "My Hobo Days" and Jeff/Annie in "Pop Quiz". The latter is lampshaded by Abed, who goes on to state that it was the work of another Spanish curse.
  • Skepticism Failure: "Pop Quiz" involves Britta using a working curse to turn Troy into a werewolf.
  • Special Effect Failure invoked
  • Stylistic Suck
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Frequent for Britta — presumably because her actress can't actually show the emotion in a believable way.

The Community webisode series "Office Hours" provides examples of:

  • Innocent Innuendo: Dean Pelton's assistant misinterprets his texts regarding a hole-punch. invoked
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Greendale Human Being in "Pamphlet Serious".
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Human Being for a cheerleader.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Dean Pelton's independent study assistant in "Independent Study Assistant" propositions him due to a string of dirty texts. Turns out Pelton was talking about a literal hole-punch.

The Community webisode series "The Spanish Video Assignment" provides examples of:

The Community webisode series "Study Break" provides examples of:

The Community webisode series "Abed's Master Key" provides examples of:

The Community webisode series "Community Airing Someday" provides examples of:

  • Audience Murmurs: Troy and Abed's chatter at the very start. Troy's filler chatter of choice is "red leather, yellow leather".
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Chang is wearing one of the Evil Goatees.
    • Annie identifies as a long-time viewer, some time co-host of "Troy and Abed in the Morning".
  • Everyone Join the Party: The study group members agreeing with the October 19th mindset. First Troy and Abed, then Shirley, then Annie, and finally, the rest of the cast.
  • Flashmob: Chang, apparently.
  • Hope Spot: "Troy and Abed airing someday!"
  • Insane Troll Logic: The Powers That Be and their struggle where to put October 19th, followed by their explanation that October 19th is a state of mind rather than a date.
  • Not So Above It All: Jeff and Pierce join in with the "October 19th" saying in the end.
  • Take That!:
    • Really, the entire clip is just one to NBC for pushing the show from it's scheduled premiere date until mid-season.
    • "What powers that be? It's just the two of you pretending to have a show." This sort of reminds you of how NBC treats Community and its staff.
    • The Dean saying, "Guys! Annie's Boobs wanted their own show and I said yes!" is a definite Take That! at NBC for their show Animal Practice.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Somehow, Chang is back at Greendale & on friendly terms with the Dean & Study Group, despite his attempted takeover of the school & nearly killing everyone when he tried to burn down the Records Room..

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