NBC comedy Parks and Recreation has been named sitcom of the year by men's magazine GQ — and I couldn't agree more. The dark horse comedy has earned the praise: despite a slow start, the show has found its groove in the second season.
"It just takes time," Rashida Jones told me in an interview a couple of months ago, and she nailed it — Parks and Rec is just now finding its own humor and utilizing each actor to his or her best.
To see my reasons why Parks and Recreation has come into its own this season, just
- Four words: The pit is gone.
- The writers have found the humor that works best for each character. Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope is probably most improved. Now sweet and funny (and a feminist!), Leslie no longer acts like a direct mix of Michael Scott and Liz Lemon.
- It has the advantage of being established but still young. The characters and humor are fresher than that of its Thursday night counterparts — currently, 30 Rock and The Office are both wearing out their well-worn schticks.
- The rest of the cast members have proved themselves beyond expectation. Aziz Ansari is relentlessly funny, Chris Pratt is a adorable despite being a borderline stalker, Aubrey Plaza is delightfully droll, and Nick Offerman is great as the office regulator, Ron Swanson. Rashida Jones even took a character that could be boring and made her realistic and multidimensional.
Add to that some amazing upcoming guest stars, and I can only see this show getting better and funnier. What do you think? Does Parks and Recreation deserve to be called sitcom of the year?
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