- Contemporary American Poultry: Of mafia films, mostly Goodfellas though there's also a few allusions made to The Godfather.
- The Art Of Discourse: In-Universe, with Abed trying to invoke as many college movie tropes as humanly possible.
- Modern Warfare: Of both post-apocalyptic movies and Heroic Bloodshed action films.
- Basic Rocket Science: While the opening scenes are a Homage to The Right Stuff, the rest of the episode is primarily this to various space movies, with it even being a Whole Plot Reference to Apollo 13 and (to a lesser extent) Space Camp.
- Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design: Of Conspiracy Thrillers, even having a massive chase scene (albeit set in a pillow fort) and taking the classic Gambit Pileup Up to Eleven.
- Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas: Of the Rankin/Bass stop-motion Christmas specials, most notably Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking: Of mockumentary shows, like The Office (US) and Parks and Recreation.
- Critical Film Studies: Of both Pulp Fiction and My Dinner with Andre.
- Competitive Wine Tasting: A more downplayed and In-Universe example, with the ending of the episode featuring Troy starring in an all-black version of Fiddler on the Roof, which is likely this trope in action for Patrick Stewart's all-black show of Othello.
- Paradigms Of Human Memory: As a whole, to the Clip Show episode. The Jeff/Annie and Pierce/Abed music video sequences are also affectionate takes on fan shipping videos.
- A Fistful Of Paintballs: To both The Western and the Spaghetti Western genre.
- For A Few Paintballs More: Despite the Western-style title, this episode's actually closer to being a parody of Star Wars.
- Pillows And Blankets: Of the documentaries of Ken Burns, more specifically The Civil War.
- Basic Lupine Urology: To the entire Law & Order franchise, though it's most apparent in regards to the original series.
- Digital Estate Planning: Of both Minecraft and classic 8-bit 1980s video games, with Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time being the most noteworthy examples.
- The First Chang Dynasty: The heist portion of this episode is a Community-style take on Ocean's Eleven.
- Paranormal Parentage: To the horror genre in general and Scooby-Doo in particular.
- Basic Intergluteal Numismatics: Of Serial Killer-influenced David Fincher-style films like Se7en and Zodiac. The episode also varies between being an Affectionate Parody and straightforward Take That! of Darker and Edgier crime shows like Criminal Minds, Hannibal, and The Killing.
- App Development And Condiments: Of futuristic dystopian 1970s Science Fiction films, with Zardoz and Logan's Run being the most obvious influences. The Fantastic Caste System seen in the episode also draws lots of inspiration from both The Hunger Games and Brave New World. Meanwhile, the trailer for "Koogler" in The Tag is a spoof of raunchy 1980s college comedies.
- G.I. Jeff: Rather obviously, of G.I. Joe.
- Intro To Recycled Cinema: In an In-Universe example, the student film Abed is making is a massive rip-off/Homage to Star Wars: A New Hope.
- Grifting 101: Of The Sting.
Affectionate Parody / Community