Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why I eventually came to love Parks & Rec

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We don't have cable TV.  We have a TV, but we just use it for movies and Netflix so we don't really watch that many shows.  (And when you randomly throw out a line from an extremely pervasive commercial, we have no idea what you are talking about.  Sorry.)  But we like it that way.

Parks and Recreation was not a show we originally watched from the beginning.  We watched a couple of episodes since it came on before or after something we watched back when we had cable, but we never really got into it.  The Office was a show my husband started watching long before it was mainstream and we knew it was made by the same people, but it just didn't seem as good.

Fast forward a few years and I much prefer it.  I know it seems really dumb at first and I definitely didn't think it was funny to begin with (I'm looking at you, Jessica), but it has me now.  It's a common plot device these days--an extremely diverse group of people who really care about each other.  They all work together in a small department of the city, Parks and Recreation.  While some of the plots are kind of ridiculous, I ended up being really won over by the way that everyone on the show really cares for each other and tries to help.  Especially Leslie, the main character.  Whereas Michael Scott was awkwardly funny on The Office, Leslie Knope is awkward and funny and kind.  And her co-workers and friends appreciate it.  She works very hard to do the right thing and while many of her co-workers don't agree with her, at the end of the day they all see how much she cares and reciprocate.

Maybe it's easy to write happy stuff.  My husband pointed out that The Office was more difficult to sustain because there wasn't that redemption and goodness to make you fall in love with the characters.  I guess that's true, but it doesn't change the fact that I still really like and appreciate Parks & Rec.


  1. Thanks for writing this! We don't have cable either. We just watch shows and movies on Amazon Prime. I watched the first episode of Parks and Rec awhile ago but had kind of forgotten about it. Maybe your review will convince Michael that we should give it a try!

  2. Same thing for us with Parks and Rec....we jumped on that wagon later, but it has quickly become one of our favs! :0


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