Friday, February 4, 2011

Get it together, people.

Okay so here's a very mini post about last night's Thursday comedy block on NBC.  Community: I didn't get it.  The Office: a very sweet episode and I hope it draws Steve Carrell's time on the show to a nice conclusion that feels natural.  30 Rock: the maternity photoshoot was incredible.  Perfect Couples / Outsourced: I never made it past the first episode.

But I have to reach out to all of my friends who haven't yet heard this message.  You have to watch Parks and Recreation.  It is ...perfect.  I just love it so much.  It's smart, it's funny, the characters are incredibly lovable and you want the best for them.  Adam Scott is in it, and he's adorable.  It even has good messages!  What possible excuse could you have for not watching this?  Please do yourself a favor.  You can skip season one, it was a bore (but not as bad as The Office [US] season one), and just read a synopsis online or something.  Seasons 2 and, so far, 3 have blown it out of the park episode after episode.

If you're not yet watching, I still hope the below line from last night's show will be funny to you.  This is a show about the Parks and Recreation department of a small midwestern town, Pawnee.  The central character, Leslie Knope, is the  most earnest person of time.  Here she is, reading off a list of the town's slogans over the years:

"Pawnee, the Paris of America. Pawnee, the Akron of southwest Indiana. Pawnee: Welcome, German soldiers. (After the Nazis took France our mayor kind of panicked.) Pawnee, the factory fire capital of America. Pawnee: Welcome, Vietnamese soldiers. Pawnee, engage with Zorp. (For a brief time in the ’70s, our town was taken over by a cult.) Pawnee, Zorp is dead, Long live Zorp. Pawnee, it’s safe to be here now. Pawnee, birthplace of Julia Roberts. (That was a lie, she sued and so we had to change it.) Pawnee, home of the world famous Julia Roberts lawsuit. Pawnee: Welcome, Taliban soldiers. And finally, our current slogan: Pawnee, first in friendship, fourth in obesity."

Plus all of the actors are just amazing and perfectly at ease being hilarious and endearing, every damn week.  I just want to move to fictional Pawnee and hang out with them.

Dear Parks and Recreation,
I love you.

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