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Modern Warfare 

Greendale Community College is transformed into an apocalyptic war zone when the dean promises the winner of a paintball competition priority registration, and it could fan the flames of sexual tension between Jeff and Britta.


Justin Lin


Dan Harmon (created by), Emily Cutler




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton
Dino Stamatopoulos ... Star-Burns
Richard Erdman ... Leonard
Erik Charles Nielsen ... Garrett Lambert
Brian Michael Jones ... Pawn
Ulysses Lee ... Chess Club Geek #1
Patrick Rafferty ... Chess Club Geek #2


The sexual tension between Jeff and Britta becomes a hot topic among the study group. Meanwhile, what starts out as a simple contest for a chance at early class registration turns the peaceful campus of Greendale Community College into an all-out war zone. Friendships are tested, as only one student can be victorious. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

6 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The highest rated episode of Community along with Season 3 Episode 4, "Remedial Chaos Theory" See more »


When Troy is talking to Shirley about taking out the other 5 of the study group, the toothpick in his mouth appears/disappears multiple times. See more »


Britta Perry: Shirley, I'm gonna win that prize for you and your boys!
Shirley Bennett: That's nice.
Jeff Winger: Shirley, I'm gonna win that prize, but not for you or your boys!
Shirley Bennett: That's less nice.
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Spoofs The Mentalist (2008) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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One of the best concept episodes ever! Aside from S3 E4
26 May 2018 | by Br4ve-trave1orSee all my reviews

As I'm making my way through what is a insanely flawless TV series I stumble across a gem---a half parody with homage all rolled into 30 minutes. This episode is the grand slam of the season where you say finally, "Dan Harmon and the creative minds behind this series are truly gifted!!" Now I know what the list of the most creative things about this series and why paintball is so special! Since I'm just watching community for the first time ever, it took me around 5-6 episodes to get it and I wondered why the most unique-special-stand out episode was right towards the end, and after processing it I came to the conclusion that this season was paced perfectly. It grew and grew as you went along. Something began to happen where you started noticing all these high concept episodes and pop culture vibe about this show making it one of the best comedies I've ever seen!! I thought I had seen the last of all the great comedies since The office and arrested development. Sure, Brooklyn 99 is consistently great and you can count on having a good time watching the good place. Theres been funny series since I've binged the office a couple of years ago but nothing that filled the void and parks and rec couldnt do it BUT community does! It's a stand out comedy as one of the best and this episode is one of the best episodes I've ever seen executed in a series!!!

If you're having doubts about this show having just begun watching it, hang in there it turns into a complete monster and will you have you laughing like crazy and in awe at the creative juices! Joel McHale is essential to this and it's awesome to see Donald Glover before he created his own series. You will mark this episode "Modern Warfare" as the one episode to go with the mount Rushmores of best high concept episode of all time!

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