03/07/2012 12:58 pm ET

'Community': Watch 'Abed's Master Key' Part 1 (VIDEO)

We're just a mere few days away from new "Community" episodes on NBC, but to help satiate the masses, the new web series has begun!

In "Abed's Master Key," Dean Pelton hires Abed to be his temporary assistant and entrusts him with the Greendale Master Key. However, Abed uses his newfound power to help the study group and heads down a dark path.

"These animated shorts are a vital component to our multi-pronged campaign aimed at driving awareness to the show's return to NBC on March 15," Chris Van Amburg, senior vice president of U.S. marketing at Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement. "The 'Community' actors and team were eager to lend their voices and support to an effort intended to engage their loyal fan base that has rabidly kept the show thriving via flash mobs, fan art, viral videos, dedicated fan sites and on Facebook and Twitter."

Check out the first installment of the three-part series below.

"Community" returns to NBC on Thurs., March 15, 8 p.m. EST.