Friday, October 10, 2014

Parks and Recreation (It's awesome)

Hey guys, short post today because if I make it much longer it will be me just going on and on about why Parks and Recreation is currently my favorite TV show. If you haven't seen it, you definitely need to check it out, it's great.

I just started watching this show a week ago and I've gotten through four seasons already. It's extremely addicting, but more than that it's really well crafted!

If you haven't seen this show, or you don't know what it's about I'll give you a little summary. The show follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), the Deputy Head of the Parks and Recreation Department of the Pawnee, Indiana, and her many coworkers at City Hall.

For the most part I'm not a huge fan of comedy television. I usually either find it crude or plain unfunny. The other problem a lot of comedy TV seems to be plagued with, is that while the show itself may be funny, the characters are only comic relief and you don't care about them at all.

Parks and Rec doesn't have any of these issues. The show is genuinely funny, while never need to move into territory that could be considered "crude" or "offensive".  The characters, while sometimes sensational, all have qualities that are relatable and as an audience you find yourself actually caring about their struggles, even if they may be ridiculous and comedic in fashion.

The show is shot much like Office, in a "Documentary" style, although the show's events are fictitious. One of my favorite things about the show is the video confession parts, where the characters break the fourth wall and talk seemingly to the viewer. Not only is this usually to reveal some hilarious insight into what the characters are thinking, but it also helps the audience feel engrossed and a part of the show as they are watching it. It's almost as though you, the viewer, are one of the characters.  

The show also explores important social issues. They use comedy to do it, but important issues such as feminism, politics, and government never feel like a punchline, even though this would be easy to do. This is something I applaud the shows creators for. 

Basically the show is just really awesome, and everyone should watch it.  There are 6 seasons so far (they are all on Netflix, fyi) and the 7th season premieres this August. 

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