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One of the Best Comedies on Television,
This review is from: Parks and Recreation: Season 4 (DVD)
Who would have thought 3 years ago that Parks and Recreation would one day be better than The Office? To anyone who has seen Seasons 2 or 3 of Parks and Recreation, this shouldn't be a surprise; this show is one of the best comedies on air right now.
And Season 4 does not disappoint.
At the end of Season 3, Leslie Knope is asked to run for public office with city council elections on the horizon. The first episode of Season 4 picks this thread up directly: the crux of this season centers around Leslie running for office. Unlike previous seasons, this one has a very real and cogent through-line; every episode advances this storyline to some degree. While some of these episodes are serialized in nature, they also do stand alone as fantastic episodes of television. The writing on this show involves a great mixture of wit, awkwardness, absurdity, and sentiment. While many of us were worried that the budding romance between Leslie and Ben would be cheesy and boring (e.g., Pam and Jim,) the writers don't drop the ball.
With all of this said, I don't feel like Season 4 was quite as good as the previous two seasons. This put off many long-time fans, but even with the slight decrease in quality, this season was still head and shoulders above most of today's television. If you are a newcomer to the series, I would recommend starting from the beginning; not necessarily because you will miss too much of the story, but because the earlier seasons are just as funny (and sometimes funnier) than this one. If, however, you have watched the previous seasons of Parks and Rec, Season 4 is worthy of your time, energy, and money.
Recommended for fans of: The Office, Community, Arrested Development.
Particular highpoints of the season:
Episode 2: Ron and Tammys (hilarious finale involving moonshine and Ron Swanson)
Episode 15: Dave Returns (features the return of the awkward cop played by Louis C.K.)
Episode 19: The Debate (the epic showdown between Ms. Knope and her opponent, Bobby Newport Jr.)
Episode 21: Win, Lose or Draw (the satisfying conclusion to the campaign and the season)
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2012 10:06:30 PM PDT
I have had this on pre-order since February but they still don't know when the DVD will be released. Does anybody know what the problem is? We are LONGING to see it!!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 5:26:19 PM PDT
It will be early Sept. before it is out on dvd...
Posted on Jul 5, 2012 2:49:34 PM PDT
C. D. White says:
Great Review, I think this season could have used more Jean-Ralphio. Hopefully we will see more of him next season.
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