Parks and Recreation: Season 3
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Dedicated government employee Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live) and her fellow colleagues return for big laughs from the small town of Pawnee, Indiana, in the hilarious third season of Parks and Recreation. Their funny antics continue as they ramp up for their most important civic project yet: The Harvest Festival. As Leslie plans, prepares and publicizes, her co-workers take on other challenges such as a crippling flu, the statewide softball tournament and the sad demise of a local icon: a miniature house named Li’l Sebastian. Created by Greg Daniels (The Office, The Simpsons) and Michael Schur (The Office, Saturday Night Live) and featuring phenomenal guest stars, such as Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Parks and Recreation is being hailed as, “The smartest comedy on TV.” (Entertainment Weekly)
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Parks and Recreation's winning streak continues...still the best show on TV right now. So many new developments. So many new classic episodes/moments. So much is right with this show that it's hard to know where to begin. Let's see we've got the successful intergration of Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott). Speaking of...there's another adorable relationship unfolding between Ben and Leslie. But my favorite as far as couples go is still April and Andy. And if not for NBC's flub of accidentally promoting April and Andy's awesome sauce wedding they would have taken everyone by surprise with probably the most charming TV wedding I have ever seen. And what really is amazing is that they are more loveable/ interesting to watch as a married couple. From them being horrible housekeepers, to them eating turkey chili with a shared plastic fork off of a frisbee, to their role playing and contests of seeing who can get the most money from people at the Snakehole Lounge...there are so many things that have been funny, sweet and original about them.
But there have been great moments with the other major characters as well: Ann and Leslie anger dancing in "The Fight". Ron swiveling his chair around his circular desk in a vain effort to avoid citizens in "The Bubble". The Return of Tammy 2. The Return of Jean-Ralphio. The Return of Detlef Schrempf. Tom seemingly becoming a budding mogul with Jean-Ralphio (their company's name is Entertainment 720). Which I hope means that we get to see more of Jean-Ralphio ("Flushed with Cash"). The ecstasy that was "5000 Candles In The Wind", and the potential agony that is Tammy 1 (Just the mention of her made Tammy 2 run for cover). And what's gonna happen with Leslie? Will she run for and/or become Mayor? Will she and Ben go public with their relationship? And after Ann being a party girl most of the season is she going to continue to ride the wildside with Donna or was that a gleam in Chris' eye and what does that mean to Ann? And will Jerry ever be recognized as the great artist he is by the rest of the Parks department? ("Shut up Jerry") I guess we'll just have to find out next season...
For the uninitiated you'll have to forgive me if my review seemed to be relevant to only those who have been watching the show. To you, I say you have all summer to catch up and see why most people think this show is great. I think I read somewhere that P&R is going into syndication so that gives you another way to check it out...just remember that while the first season (the first 6 episodes) isn't awful things don't really get cooking until the 2nd season.
The first two seasons are good because there was a good plot for the characters to pursue. So I would rate them with 4 stars. However in season 3, with the introductions of Rob Lowe character, unnecessary IMHO, and a new love interest for Leslie Knope, Ben, the story lines go nowhere. The Indian guy who seemed fresh in the first season, gets to be insufferable by season 3: loud mouth and flashy without substance. The boss, who looks grumpy all the time but has a kind heart, is loved by many viewers but actually does not have much acting to do. The temp girl overdid the knowing looks. Of all the supporting characters, only Andy shows any real human traits and is actually funny.
Amy Poehler did a good job as a competent public worker and the glue that hold everything together. But the show writers should go for some goals each season just as they did the first two seasons. That way the story line will stay focus and not veering into unfunny subplots.
As I wrote this review I have not watched the season 4 but I do hope it is improved over this season.
Parks and Recreation, which is shot in a mocumentary style, follows Deputy Leslie Knope, played by the hilarious Amy Poehler, a mid-level bureaucrat working in the Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department. In season one, we find Leslie on a quest to build a park for her city, but she runs into many obstacles along the way and hilarity ensues. Though the show's main focus is Leslie, Parks and Recreation would not be the same without its outstanding cast of supporting characters. Leslie's boss, Ron Swanson, played by the brilliant Nick Offerman, is a mustachioed, meat-eating libertarian who despises his job almost as much as his two ex-wives, both named Tammy - one of which we meet in second season. April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) is Ron's unruly assistant whose pessimism and inability to care about doing her job correctly is perfect for Ron's aversion to taking calls and meetings with other local government officials or citizens of Pawnee. Ann Perkins, played by the beautiful and charming Rashida Jones, is Leslie's best friend and confidant. Though Ann is a nurse at the Pawnee Hospital during season one and season two, she comes to work with Leslie at the Parks Department in season three which causes a little bit of friction between the two in episode 13 called "The Fight." The other cast of characters includes Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, a new member of the Parks Department who Leslie hates at first but soon develops a different opinion, Chris Pratt as the dense but loveable Andy Dwyer, and Rob Lowe as the Indiana State Auditor Chris Traeger.
The Parks and Recreation Season 3 DVD set is comprised of three discs, all of which have bonus features. The first disc contains the first six episodes along with deleted scenes, a hilarious trailer commercial for "Ron & Tammy 2," the episode where Ron's ex-wife Tammy returns for a second time, as well as commentaries by Adam Scott, Amy Poehler and Michael Schur (the show's creator) for "Flu Season" and Nick Offerman, Meghan Mullaly, and Jim O'Heir for "Ron & Tammy 2." But the best bonus feature on disc one is the hilarious 20-minute gag reel that shows just how wonderful the dynamic is between the members of the cast. Discs two and three contain more deleted scenes, commentaries, and promos.
Parks and Recreation started out with dismal ratings. It was often compared to The Office, 1) because it was advertised as being from the creators of The Office, 2) because of its mocumentary style which became synonymous with The Office, and 3) it had a leading character that seemed to be just as naïve and wacky as Michael Scott, the inept and immature regional manager of the paper and printer company Dunder Mifflin Inc. However, Parks and Recreation has since completely separated itself from that association thanks to the brilliant writing of show and its characters. The character development and genuine humor are what makes Parks and Recreation truly enjoyable to watch.