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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.


Tristram Shapeero


Dan Harmon (created by), Emily Cutler | 1 more credit »




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
Brian R. Norris ... Travis (as Brian Norris)
James Earl ... Bouncer
Dino Stamatopoulos ... Star-Burns
Richard Erdman ... Leonard
Erik Charles Nielsen ... Garrett Lambert
Kelsey Gunn ... Woman


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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Annie's Boobs, Troy's pet monkey, is introduced. Annie's Boobs is played by Crystal the Monkey. Crystal the Monkey was named one of tv's highest paid actors in 2012, commanding $12k per episode, and starred in films such as Hangover II, Dr. Dolittle, and the Night at the Museum trilogy. 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 »


Britta Perry: If you knew how they treat those animals, you would eat them faster to put them out of their misery, and then you would throw up.
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E21- "Contemporary American Poultry")
2 January 2017 | by MaximumMadnessSee 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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