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"Parks and Recreation," much improved

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smasher_Sloan, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    This show was a huge disappointment last year, given the history of the people who were in it and creating it.

    I almost gave up on it, but I've been rewarded this season. It's still not at "Office" level, but most episodes have multiple laugh out loud moments. I don't know if they've changed writers or just gotten a better focus, but it's a much better show this season.
  2. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Agreed. This season has been fantastic (except for the episode with the delegation from Venezuela, which fell way flat). Andy cracks me up, as does Ron, aka "Duke Silver".

    Also, Rashida Jones is muh guhfriend.
  3. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Brilliant scene in Parks and Rec last night, with an homage to not just one, but TWO infamous Bob Knight meltdowns. Ron Swanson, coaching a youth basketball team in his Knight sweater, tosses a chair after getting frustrated with the incompetence of referee Tom Haverford. But for the hard core, Swanson then follows, after Tom ejects him, in ordering his team to the locker room before the game's end, a la Knight's take-my-ball-and-go-home incident after he was thrown out while his team was losing an exhibition to the Russians.

    I think Swanson punching a press table hard enough to send a phone flying must have been a deleted scene.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I became a fan of the show last season largely because of this place and the fact that I'm a huge fan of Aziz Ansari, dating back to Human Giant, the last show I ever watched regularly on MTV.
  5. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    I liked that Aziz/Tom wound up reffing the game because he already had the shirt.

    And Rob Lowe - "Ann Perkins!" - is really well used.
  6. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Also, all hail the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.

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  7. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Just want to chime in and say this may be my favorite television show currently on TV.

    I'm watching the two most recent episodes right now and it's just killing me.

    Ron: "I'm going to type every word I know. Rectangle. America. Megaphone. Monday. Butthole."
  8. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    Great show.

    Seemingly every episode, the eight minutes before the first commercial is filled with funny and fantastic things. Nearly every time I watch via my DVR, once I get to the first commercial, I say to myself 'That was only the first eight minutes?' ... So, so good.
  9. SeanKennedy

    SeanKennedy Member

    I'd say it's behind 30 Rock, but definitely one of the funniest shows in TV.

    The first season was not good.
  10. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Tommytinis all around!
  11. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Sounds like I need to re-try it. I watched the first three or four episodes last year and was bored out of my mind.
  12. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    You absolutely should. It's barely even the same show. It started picking up steam midway through last season and has been on an absolute tear since it started back up this year. I'd put it up against any show on TV right now.

    I'm going to be very unhappy if they write Rob Lowe out of the show. His character is fantastic. I'm holding out hope since he's in the credits.
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