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Men's Magazine GQ Names TV Show Parks and Recreation Sitcom of the Year

Why Parks and Recreation Is the Best Sitcom of the Year

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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HideoutGallery HideoutGallery 7 years
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IsobelBloom IsobelBloom 7 years
I definitely agree with this. I am an office junkie, but I think this should definitely be it's last season. The annual christmas episode used to bring me so much joy... but now? Ugh, it feels more like a chore.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Watched a few more episodes of P and R, and still finds it mostly unamusing. It did improve a bit, but it's either too subtle or just not LOL enough. 30 Rock still kills, especially episode a new definition to High-Definition. Second place for me will be Cougartown, with Courtney Cox going all out and succeeding. Have to watch more Modern Family, but it was quite good the few episodes I've watched. A bit disappointed about Community
Allyace Allyace 7 years
Oh man, and how could I forget HIMYM and BBT!
Allyace Allyace 7 years
I also find P&R painfully unfunny. Modern Family is the sitcom of the year and there are many others I would put in front of P&R: The Office, 30 Rock, Better Off Ted, heck, even Cougartown.
stephley stephley 7 years
I'd give P&R most improved for the season, but don't think it's the best at all - it's finally getting funny, but I think there's a mean streak through it that puts me off. I like the cast and want it to succeed, but I wouldn't vote it a winner yet. Community started out strong and has held up, and 30 Rock is still strong.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
The supporting actors are what make the show. Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, and Aziz Ansari are absolutely hilarious.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I have to disagree. I've tried giving Parks and Rec a fair shake, but mostly it just seems painfully unfunny. There are a few bright spots of laugh-out-loud humor, but for the most part I don't like it. I think most of the supporting actors aren't much good.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
I have to agree. Every single episode of P & R this year has been amazing.
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
What about Community??
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