I am totally in love with Parks and Recreation. It had an uneven abbreviated S1 last spring but has really found its rhythm this season. Amy Poehler has toned down her Lesley Knope and made her really charming and smart and less Michael Scott-ish, yet still semi-oblivious (“The thing about youth culture is, I don’t get it.”) The rest of the ensemble has been fleshed out more and are hilarious in their own right.
My heart, however, belongs to Andy Dwyer the moronic ex-boyfriend of Rashida Jones’ character. Last season he was a recurring character and ended up stealing any scene he was in. This season he’s a regular and getting him a job as the building shoe shine boy has been a brilliant way to keep his dense but loveable bonehead in the mix.
And I have SO much love for Ron Swanson the 80’s coiffed boss of the Parks and Rec department. His deadpan delivery, his love of “pretty brunette women. And breakfast foods”, his moonlighting as a cheesy jazz club sax player. LOVE him. Each week it is a contest to see who will make me laugh harder. Each week it is a tie.
The Office on the other hand – eh. The past few seasons I have been loving it less and less. Pam has become really obnoxious. Jim is totally ineffectual. Dwight’s weird wackiness has become cruel and unpleasant to watch. And this plotting to get Jim? Ugh. I love me some Andy ‘nard Dog Bernard (“do not test my politeness!”) and Creed (“I live by the quarry. We should hang out by the quarry and throw things down there!”) and it is still funny enough, but I am laughing harder at one episode of P&R in then in a couple of TO.
So start watching it already! You’re already DVR’ing TO and 3o Rock! NBC and Hulu have eps – I recommend Greg Pikitis, Ron and Tammy, and Hunting Trip for a taste of how great this show is.