Parks and Recreation
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Parks and Recreation
2009 | USA
| Laughs: 8.6 (Laugh Out Loud) | imdb
This show is a small-government version of The Office
in olden days when it was funny, but without the cliff-hangers and dramatic tension that bring viewers back but do little for comedy. There may be some office romance in this Parks Department of a small Indiana town, but will they get together, or won't they? We don't care. Like in Seinfeld
, there is no profanity (it is NBC), and as in Seinfeld each episode is self-contained, with two or three strands that get resolved by the end: the only hook is that you want to watch another one to laugh and smile some more.
Here is my assessment as I was nearing the end of season two: "So far, the show is terrific. Each episode makes me laugh. Some TV series in the history of television have delivered more laughs, but few have been more consistent."
As if to prove me wrong, the show then hit a rough patch but recovered early in season.
In season 4, there was a noticeable drop in quality. Season 5 was even worse, with the honorable exception of the character of April, who carries much of the show's comedic weight—what little is left of it.
It seems a typical case of a good thing having run its course, the writers having run out of inspiration, and the network wanting to stretch it out as long as the ad revenues flow in.
We'll see if Season 6 does any better.
(Last viewed: September 2013)
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Some of the Cast of "Parks and Recreation"
1: Nick Offerman (see other TV series involving Nick Offerman)
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2: Adam Scott (see other TV series involving Adam Scott)
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