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

by Rachel Stein October 25, 2012 10:03 pm
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade This Week?

Full disclosure: This episode was spoiled for me, so the whole time I watched "Halloween Surprise," I just wanted to get to the engagement already. It's frustrating, because this was supposed to be special. It was going to be my big night and it was completely ruined. Humph.

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

by Rachel Stein October 18, 2012 10:03 pm
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade This Week?

I laughed a lot during "Sex Education," but I wouldn't call it a great episode of Parks and Recreation. Season 5 has been off to a fairly slow start, and I'm wondering if sectioning off two major players of the cast to another city maybe wasn't the best idea in the world. I love Ben and April together, but aside from building a nice little friendship, I don't really see how far the plot of the show can be moved along with the two of them joking around in Washington... unless one (or both?) of them leaves their partner, something that I'm pretty positive isn't going to happen. (Though my research has led me to find a tiny community of Apren/Benpril shippers and apparently there's some pretty convincing fan fiction out there, though I sure as hell am not ever going to read it.)

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

by Rachel Stein October 5, 2012 10:54 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

"How a Bill Becomes a Law" did not feel like a standard Parks and Recreation episode -- and I mean that in a good way. The jokes were a little more advanced, and instead of relying on what we already know the characters do so well, the writing centered on the new roles and relationships we've been seeing in Season 5. Turns out, the episode was written by Dan Goor, who also penned such Parks & Rec greats like "Hunting Trip," "Freddy Spaghetti," "Harvest Festival," "Li'l Sebastian," and "The Trial of Leslie Knope," (to name a few), so they guy clearly knows what he's doing. The episode felt tight, the subplots hit their marks and we're actually starting to see some real character development play out on-screen. Let's get to grading. Please and thank you.

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.

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

by Rachel Stein September 21, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

How excited are you that Parks and Recreation is back for Season 5? How great was it to see the old gang again? How much did you think, "I really hope Amy Poehler is happy in her personal life!"? How disappointed were you by last night's episode?

Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott and Aubrey Plaza Talk Season 5

by Samantha Rullo September 19, 2012 4:16 pm
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>‘s Adam Scott and Aubrey Plaza Talk Season 5

It's been a very long summer without our favorite local government, but they're finally back. Parks and Recreation will return for its fifth season tomorrow, and we couldn't be more excited to catch up with the Pawnee gang -- even if a few of the members are out-of-town. We talked to Adam Scott and Aubrey Plaza about their characters, and in between cracking us up and bringing out our inner fangirls, we learned what to expect for the new season.

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

by Rachel Stein May 11, 2012 11:21 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

I know I should probably be stressing out over Parks and Recreation still being in limbo for a Season 5 (at least as of this writing) while deciding whether "Win, Lose, or Draw" was better than last year's Season 3 finale, "Li'l Sebastian," but honestly, all I want to do right now is sit in a high-quality leather chair and reflect on a season of television that made me happy.

<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

We've reached the penultimate episode of a pretty fantastic season of television... not that the gradually sinking ratings really reflect it. Last week's "The Debate" had the least U.S. viewers in the series' history, with the previous weeks behind it not faring much better. I don't fear Parks and Recreation being cancelled -- I'm just trying to say that it'd be ideal if everyone and their moms watched this show together to help build a better Pawnee. Though, it does make I... sad.

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

by Rachel Stein April 27, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

One of my fears after watching "The Debate" is that Parks and Recreation will go hardcore sitcom on us and make someone other than Leslie or Bobby Newport win the City Council seat. It's not my favorite trope out there, and I know I should give this show a bit more credit than to go that route without a bigger picture in mind, but the writers clearly have so much fun with Fester Trim (Buddy Garrity Brad Leland), Brandi Maxxxx (Mara Marini) and, to a lesser degree, Manrico Della Rossa (Gary Carlos Cervantes) -- does anyone else feel like he's oddly phoned-in? -- that I feel only cautiously optimistic about not being let down.

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

by Rachel Stein April 20, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

Did anyone else feel that the initial few minutes of "Live Ammo" were like being back at the first day of school after a long summer filled with boring family vacations and a broken leg that prevented you from even going to camp? Leslie in sneak-around clothes! Tom's crazy apartment! The Jabba the Hut theme song! It might have something to do with a slightly disappointing few weeks of Community episodes, but other shows aside, Parks and Recreation makes me happy, and "Live Ammo" was a great episode. Everyone was in their element, the pairings were fun, the main plot was satisfying, the side plots were funny and, once again, my notes are basically the entire script. Maybe others found this episode to be full of more of the same "Isn't Tom wacky?" and "That Ron sure loves meat!" shtick, but unlike Ringer, the hiatus made what might have been a little stale feel extremely fun. Let's grade the Pawnee gang and spread the word for Knope 2012.

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