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Contemporary American Poultry 

Jeff's plan to get chicken fingers from the school cafeteria for the study group quickly evolves into a mafia movie-style endeavor with Abed calling all the shots.



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Travis (as Brian Norris)


Jeff and Troy take on the chicken finger shortage that has a gripped Greendale Community College. Witnessing this show of activism by her fellow students causes Britta to struggle with the unsatisfactory number of causes she currently supports. Written by NBC Publicity

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22 April 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The scene where everyone is kissing Abed's hand is a parody from the Godfather (1972) where Michael Corleone's caporegimes are seen kissing his hand. See more »


When Jeff is trying to convince the other to stop working for Abed, notices on the wall behind him are present in some cuts but not in others. See more »


[Troy named his monkey Annie's Boobs]
Annie Edison: And please rename that monkey, and this time not through a contest on Twitter.
Troy Barnes: It's his Twitter account. He can do what he wants.
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References Sixteen Candles (1984) See more »


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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E21- "Contemporary American Poultry")
2 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(This is the twenty-first part in an ongoing series, in which I am writing brief reviews of each and every episode of Dan Harmon's beloved cult- comedy "Community." Originally conceived as a response to NBC's cancellation of the series before it was revived for its final season on Yahoo.)

Greendale goes "Goodfellas" for this often funny send-up to mafia flicks that packs in plenty of big laughs even if it has a few oddball moments that don't quite add up. With sharp writing and clever direction, not to mention a big focus on fan-favorite character Abed, "Contempoarary American Poultry" is a another fine addition to the excellent first season of the cult-favorite "Community." Though it might not be my personal favorite, it's definitely a great half-hour of television entertainment. And what more can you ask for?

Chicken Fingers are all the rage at Greendale Community College, but the study-group can't seem to catch a break with the tasty treat. Soon enough, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Abed (Danny Pudi) hatch a plan to take over the school's supply of chicken, and they quickly work with the rest of the group and form a sort-of "chicken mafia." But as you can guess, things don't work out quite as perfectly as they might have seemed at first...

With the show's decidedly heavy leaning on meta-humor, the mafia styled story works exceptionally well, and makes a lot of sense "in universe." You get to see all the tropes and clichés play out with the most unlikely of subject matter, and you'll get many a laugh out of the proceedings. The acting is also completely on-point here, and it's nice seeing Abed sort-of become the "Don of Chicken Fingers." It's a great comedic storyline for the character, and provides endless entertainment value. I do think a few of the jokes can come off as a bit forced and strained, which is where it loses a point for me, but all in all, this is "Community" near its comedic and high-concept best.

I give "Contempoary American Poultry" a near-perfect 9 out of 10.

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