Dec
11
2009

Parks and Recreation

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Are you guys watching this show? I mean, honestly, it's genius. We started off pooh-poohing it, mostly because it looked like a rip-off of The Office---which we also started out pooh-poohing because it looked like a rip-off of the British Office---but now I would hasten to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps we like Parks and Recreation even better than The Office. (Not as much as 30 Rock, though. Boy, there is a real shifting hierarchy to this Thursday night TV! We live such wild lives! Come over one night and play Scrabble on the couch with us while we drink hot cocoa and talk about our overdue library books!)

Anyway, like The Office, Parks and Recreation is a "mockumentary"---I think "mockumentary" is almost as cringe-worthy a word as "shopportunity" from those stupid Marshalls commercials, what do you think?---but the jokes are sometimes just a little.....sharper.  The first season started off pretty slow, so don't let that put you off, but the current season has improved by leaps and bounds. It's set in fictional Pawnee, Indiana---which even has its own (hilarious!) website---and while the eye candy on the show doesn't quite measure up to that provided by one Mr. Jim Halpert (and how could it?), it's not exactly full of slouches either.

Are you watching? You should be. I mean, maybe it would be less annoying when I quoted lines from the show if you were.

 

35 Comments

1
Amy --- Just A Titch
Dec 11, 2009

Tom Haverford is my new fave character. But nothing beats 30 Rock. Also, if you like "mockumentaries" (genre, not name) have you seen Modern Family? It's excellent, too.

2
Manda
Dec 11, 2009

I was hooked at this year's Halloween episode. Amy Poehler is hilarious!!

3
Krysta
Dec 11, 2009

I coulnd't quite get into the first season, but man this new one... it is so, so good!

4
beyond
Dec 11, 2009

i think it's pretty genius too, especially this season. much better than the (american) office.

5
Meg
Dec 11, 2009

I love Ron. I love his fondness for breakfast and his mustache and all his ex-wives named Tammy. Good call. This show is brilliant. I'm loving how they've been developing a real ensemble feeling to the cast. That's what was missing for me last season.

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HeatherLynn
Dec 11, 2009

Never watched it but L.O.V.E. 30 Rock! I think its the funniest show on television!

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Amy
Dec 11, 2009

I have watched this show since the first season and I agree it has improved this year. I think my favorite new development is everyone's inexplicable hatred towards Jerry.

8
Pinkie Bling
Dec 11, 2009

I LOVE this show!! Happy to hear other people are into it, too.

Mark is no Jim, that's for sure...but whatever, it is SO FUNNY!

How about the hunting episode?? Hilarious.

All hail 30 Rock!

9
Holly
Dec 11, 2009

Even though I love TJ Maxx, I actually find the term Maxx-onista sort of cringe-worthy.

10
Danielle
Dec 11, 2009

I always feel so bad for Jerry.

I pooh-poohed this show last season and I was so surprised that it made it to a second one while Kath and Kim didn't (I loved that show). This season is hilarious though.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Dec 11, 2009

Danielle, have you see the original Kath and Kim? The Australian one? So much funnier!

12
jen
Dec 11, 2009

I've watched Parks & Rec since the very first episode. It's definitely gotten better this season. I love Andy and the intern, and everything else - love getting to see more characters instead of just Leslie Knope. And definitely funnier than The Office this season.

13
Becca
Dec 11, 2009

I have a few confessions: I have never watched The Office OR 30 Rock. What does that say about me? And I doubt that I'll ever watch Parks and Recreation but it does sound funny!

14
Suz
Dec 12, 2009

Oh I love this show. I work for the federal gov't and a co-worker in another dept watches this show as well...after the big fight with the library (on Parks and Recreation) we got into a debate that lasted several days about which department would be more like the Parks Dept. and which would be the more fun Library Dept.

And now every time a female co-worker helps me out I have to resist the urge to say "government girls stick together" - it's a losing battle.

15
Maggie
Dec 14, 2009

I *adore* seeing the soap operas of municipal workplaces put to screen... the show captures so quietly brilliantly the highs and lows of government work. I'm a public meeting AND Amy Poehler nerd, and couldn't be more pleased.

I feel the exact same way about Parks and Rec. When it started I wasn't sure what to think of it. I was convinced that P&R was trying too hard, I mean COME ON PEOPLE, you're no Office.

But now that Jim and Pam are married I feel like Parks and Rec is what the Office USED to be.

Oh man. I am totally coming over to watch next week. I'll bring wine.

17
Delaney
Dec 14, 2009

We are love-love-loving Parks and Rec. Consistently better laughs on that show than my true love 30 Rock, which has been pretty slow this year, and even The Office, which is having a particularly strong season, in my humble opinion. The secret to Parks and Rec's more recent successes: RON SWANSON. And all the other peripheral characters. I love the cop boyfriend, I love Tom Haverford, I love the other random office denizens. Good stuff!

18
Erin
Dec 14, 2009

Parks and Rec had become our My Name is Earl - it languished on our DVR because we preferred everything else. The first season of PnR was (italicized) The Office (but Leslie is Dwight). This season is so much better! But not as good as Modern Family!

19
Kate
Dec 15, 2009

A tad bit off topic, but I have got SUCH a crush on Jim Halpert. *swoon*

20
Alexa
Dec 16, 2009

I LOVE this show. It is funny without being mean--hard to do in this sort of show. I mean, think about how easy it would have been for the characters to be played only as people to mock. But instead it's sort of...tender. BUT STILL HILARIOUS. Like I said: LOVE.

21
Kristabella
Dec 16, 2009

It IS better than The Office! So is Community (do you guys watch that?)

Parks & Rec is so much better this season. I laugh out loud at least once every episode! SO FUNNY!

Ron Swanson IS THE BEST!

22
Laura
Dec 17, 2009

Oh my god. I have been telling anyone who will listen or give me eye contact about this show. If this show gets canceled, I'm never watching TV again. BEST. SHOW. EVER. I just sit on Hulu and listen to episodes all day, and try to disguise my silent laughing as coughing.

23
Sonja
Dec 23, 2009

OMG, I LOVE P&R. I am SO with you on this and I don't understand why more people aren't flipping over it. Silly people! :) (btw, love the blog – such a gorgeous design!)

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