Basic Genealogy

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"Basic Genealogy"
Community episode
Nana Barnes whoops Britta.jpg
Troy's Nana Barnes whoops Britta with a switch while Jeff and Amber look on in the background.
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 18
Directed by Ken Whittingham
Written by Karey Dornetto
Production code 117
Original air date March 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)
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"Basic Genealogy" is the 18th episode of the first season of the American comedy television series Community. It aired in the United States on NBC on March 11, 2010.


During Family Day at Greendale, Pierce (Chevy Chase) tries to re-connect with his step-daughter Amber (guest star Katharine McPhee) who becomes attracted to Jeff (Joel McHale). Britta (Gillian Jacobs) gets spanked with a switch by Troy's Nana and Shirley's sons cause havoc for Abed's father (Iqbal Theba).

In the end tag, Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) are trapped in the student lounge vending machine.


Around 4.7 million Americans watched "Basic Genealogy".[1]

Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club was disappointed in the episode and rated it a B. He said that this was the"first week where the sentimental moments and the hugging and the 'You can be a good person, Jeff Winger!' pep talks felt like they sort of overwhelmed some of the other elements of the show that I typically enjoy" and singled out guest star Katharine McPhee for an inconsistent performance.[2]


  1. ^ Gorman, Bill (March 12, 2010). "TV Ratings: American Idol Leads Fox Win; Marriage Ref Loses Yardage". Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (March 12, 2010). "Basic Genealogy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 

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