Parks and Recreation: Season 5
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Big changes are ahead for newly elected City Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Primetime Emmy nominee Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live) in the outrageous fifth season of Parks and Recreation. Leslie learns that city politics is nothing like the Parks department as she tackles issues such as saving a local mini-golf park and fixing Pawnee’s quaint but ridiculously outdated laws. And life outside the office is just as wild, as she and Ben (Adam Scott, Step Brothers) try to plan their wedding amidst the usual chaos of their friends’ lives. Created by Primetime Emmy Award-winning executive producers Greg Daniels (The Office) and Michael Schur (The Office, Saturday Night Live) and featuring guest stars including Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom), Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) Patton Oswalt (Justified) and Vice-President Joe Biden, watch all 22 “hilarious” (Entertainment Weekly) episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted!
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I especially liked the cameos in this season, particularly the political entities appearing in the season premiere.
If you are new to the show, don't start with season 5. Start with season 1 and work your way to really enjoying season 5.
My favorite aspects of this season: Leslie's adjustment to being a Councilwoman, discovering the ridiculously and amusingly antiquated laws that still technically exist in their town, Tom's relationship with his friend's horrifically crazy sister and his development of "Rent a Swag", the advancement of the Andy/April and Ben/Leslie relationships, and Ron allowing himself to care about Diane and her children while still remaining the Ron Swanson we know and love. (It's hard to even explain Ron to those unfamiliar with the show...suffice it to say that my friend got into Parks by watching clips of Ron on Youtube!) The season flows smoothly and features very little relationship angst---instead, we get minor but more interesting conflicts, insights into society and politics, and tons of joy and laughs. VERY highly recommended!!!
Ok. You are reading this review, which means you haven't watched the show yet and are deciding as to whether or not this is something you might be interested in. Because you haven't seen it yet, the opening paragraph of my review will not make much sense to you. It is my tribute to one of my favorite characters on the show, Chris Trager, played by Rob Lowe. (I have 10 favorite characters ... that's how good the writing and acting is for this show!)
It is a show that a large part of the humor relies on you knowing the characters. This was the mistake I made. Back in the day, when watching tv live was a thing, I caught an episode of Parks and Rec. It happened to be the Season 5 finale. I have to say it didn't impress me. I didn't get it and put the show out of my mind. Precisely 1 year, 3 months and 20 days later, I find myself burnt out on drama/suspense streaming binge watching and actively searching out a light-hearted comedy to watch. The search was more difficult than I thought it would be. I used to enjoy such comedies like The Office, Seinfeld, Family Guy, Cheers, and MASH among others, and I didn't think it would be hard to find a recent comedy that would be able to fill the comedy hole that had been missing in my life. I didn't like what I saw when I began searching through what was available on Amazon Prime. I will admit that I chose to begin watching Parks & Rec not because I thought it had the most potential, but rather because it seemed like the least likely to be just plain awful.
Not high hopes going in, but I was quickly won over after the first few episodes. I laugh out loud at every episode. I find myself rooting for the characters to rise above whatever obstacle they find in their way. I watched seasons 1-5 in a 2 week time period which just ended an hour ago and I feel like I just broke up with an amazing girlfriend. I'm sad but I am looking forward to watching the next season once it makes it to Prime.
If you are on the fence trying to figure out what to watch, jump off that fence and start with the Pilot episode of Parks & Rec. The old adage that you should never judge a book by its cover applies 100% to this show. A sitcom about a small Midwestern town's Parks department isn't sexy and glamorous, but if you take a peek inside you may just find something magical that may impact your life in such a profound way you never imagined possible. Yes, it really is that good!