Parks and Recreation: Who Made the Comedy Grade This Week?

by Rachel Stein April 12, 2013 11:30 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade This Week?

Parks and Recreation dipped into its usual hat of tricks, callbacks and beloved townspeople for "Animal Control" to produce a slightly formulaic episode... not that I'm complaining. Last night's episode cracked me up and made me happy while propelling some hard-earned character development, which is more than I can say about any other TV comedy currently airing right this moment, except for maybe New Girl. I'm not sure if you read my Modern Family reviews, but for a while (maybe an entire season or two, gulp) they became about me pointing out every single awful thing about that show followed by our commenters asking me to please stop being an awful grouch about a sitcom, to which I say: "If you just watched Parks & Rec and read my reviews of that, there'd be no issues here! You'd know I do have a sense of humor, Internet strangers!" But I digress. I'm just trying to say that "Animal Control" was good, dammit, and I'll start writing fangirl-y things about other shows once they put at least ten percent of the effort that this show puts in. Okay let's grade everyone yay!

Parks and Recreation: Who Made the Comedy Grade This Week?

by Rachel Stein December 7, 2012 10:35 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade This Week?

After sitting through a disappointing 30 Rock and the worst Office Christmas episode ever, it was really a relief to watch "Ron and Diane." I think I'm ready to admit that I'm in denial about this season of Parks and Recreation. The episodes make me laugh and I'd certainly still call Parks & Rec one of my favorite shows on TV, but my high expectations for it have officially been curbed. Our Pawnee friends feel like they're suffering from a lack of momentum, and even the episodes where nothing really happens in terms of development are just not as funny as they have been. I think Season 3's harvest festival arc spoiled me rotten in how swiftly Parks & Rec can potentially build a season-long storyline, and even though Season 4 dragged on just a little bit, Leslie winning the election was enough payoff for me. What's the big conceit this time around? Lesliben's wedding? I mean, if that's what it's going to be, of course I'll fangirl out about it and everything (obviously), but there's got to be more meat added to those bones. And given the series' gradually sinking numbers (last week's episode did especially bad), I'm not the only one not feeling the love.

Parks and Recreation: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

by Rachel Stein September 28, 2012 11:01 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

I've come to realize that my favorite Parks and Recreation episodes are the ones that are cartoonish in plot but realistic when it comes to the characters -- last year's "Pawnee Rangers" sticks out to me for doing just that, while last week's "Ms. Knope Goes to Washington" was disappointing because the Leslie-Ben plot was all too accurate while Ron's character was a caricature. Or, I don't know, maybe I just really enjoyed last night's "Soda Tax" because of clever writing and great acting. Either way.

Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump: Here’s the Situation

by Angel Cohn March 16, 2011 10:18 am
<i>Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump</i>: Here’s the Situation

After hearing how bad The Situation was when they taped this roast, I was dreading it, and, well, for his part he totally bombed. Completely. There was deafening silence as he delivered his clunkers which turned to extremely vocal boos during the course of his few minute stint. Jeff Ross tried in vain to assist him, but it was too late, Sitch's comedy career was dead on arrival. However, I'd love it if he was at future roasts, not to deliver any of his own "zingers," but because he was the butt of more jokes than Trump himself. Fair warning, the content below is not for the faint of heart, or really anyone who doesn't have a sense of humor.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 21, 2014 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TV killed the podcasting stars.

<i>Super Fun Night</i>: Not So Much a Super Fun Night As a Potentially Fun One

There's something hiding underneath the surface of Super Fun Night, the new show from breakout star Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids). There's a good idea at its core, one that hits a lot of untapped nerves in the current television landscape, but too many factors are holding it back right now. Granted, the first episode of a series isn't always the best barometer for how a show will turn out, so I'm hoping Super Fun Night will begin to live up to its name soon.

The Michael J. Fox Show: Hasn’t He Been Through Enough?

by Aly Semigran September 27, 2013 6:00 am
<i>The Michael J. Fox Show</i>: Hasn’t He Been Through Enough?

Who doesn't love Michael J. Fox? (Wait, if you don't, you probably shouldn't answer that, as you are a monster). That's the question NBC is banking on for The Michael J. Fox Show to be a hit. That our universal love for the actor will make us overlook just how weak the new series with his name in the title really is. And while Fox's talents and charms are still as undeniable as ever, you can't help root for the guy… to wind up on a much better show.

The Roast of James Franco: Grading the Roasters

by Ethan Alter September 3, 2013 12:42 pm
<i>The Roast of James Franco</i>: Grading the Roasters

Comedy Central netted a big fish for its annual celebrity roast when they got James Franco interested in being mocked and ridiculed by his famous friends -- like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill -- on national television. But the night itself turned out to be a mixed bag, with some of the roasters killing it and others seeming to hold themselves back, not wanting to piss off their pal. Here's our roaster report card from a B-level Roast of an A-list star.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

by Kaitlin Reilly July 31, 2012 2:09 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The The Big C gets a short send-off before joining the other cancelled Showtime shows in the television grave.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, April 27, 2012

by Hillary Goldsmith April 27, 2012 4:42 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, April 27, 2012

Doesn't matter which reality you live in -- this is pretty great news.

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