Contemporary American Poultry

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"Contemporary American Poultry"
Community episode
Community S01E21 - Contemporary American Poultry.jpg
The study group is late for Chicken Fingers at the cafeteria.
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 21
Directed byTristram Shapeero
Written byEmily Cutler
Karey Dornetto
Production code123
Original air dateApril 22, 2010 (2010-04-22)
Guest appearance(s)
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"Contemporary American Poultry" is the 21st episode of the first season of the American comedy television series Community. It aired in the United States on NBC on April 22, 2010.


Jeff's (Joel McHale) plan to get chicken fingers from the school cafeteria for the study group quickly evolves into a mafia film-style endeavor with Abed (Danny Pudi) calling all the shots and the group being cold towards Jeff as they get drunk (sometimes literally) on their own power. When they begin fighting amongst each other, they go to Jeff to apologize but he initially snarls that they have to deal with their own mess, before a more sincere apology from Abed restores the balance of the group. The episode features several cultural references from mobster films such as Goodfellas and The Godfather.

In the end tag, Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed perform the classic mime escalator illusion for the rest of the study group. The group leaves before they can see them perform the elevator clothing exchange bit.

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Around 3.67 million Americans watched "Contemporary American Poultry".[1]

Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A- calling it "an elaborate Goodfellas parody, executed with panache" and praising the show for how "it manages to find a way to balance all of this with character moments that are genuinely winning and sweet."[2]


  1. ^ Gorman, Bill (April 23, 2010). "Thursday Broadcast Finals: Vampire Diaries, Supernatural Adjusted Up; Community, Office Adjusted Down". Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  2. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (April 23, 2010). "Contemporary American Poultry". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 27, 2013.

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