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(Entertainment Weekly)   Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now   (popwatch.ew.com) divider line 62
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2013-02-22 12:56:49 PM
That was a wonderful episode.
 
2013-02-22 02:29:17 PM
"Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"

I'm still trying to parse that headline.

I'll get back to you if I make any progress.
 
2013-02-22 02:50:17 PM
Was there a show on another channel at the same time explaining why Parks & Rec is one of the best written shows on TV?
 
2013-02-22 03:02:11 PM
I find it shallow and pedantic
 
2013-02-22 03:07:25 PM
Sweetums!
oi46.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-22 03:07:57 PM
I like The Money Pit.

Also, a sitcom with nothing left to say forced one of the dating couples to get married?  That's a new one.
 
2013-02-22 03:09:08 PM
"They can't hack into a typewriter. That's all I have to say" -Ron Swanson

Did anyone else think of dittybopper during this scene? He reminds me a bit of Ron at times.
 
2013-02-22 03:10:58 PM

GoodyearPimp: I like The Money Pit.

Also, a sitcom with nothing left to say forced one of the dating couples to get married?  That's a new one.


Sometimes, an old idea that is well executed is a wonderful thing. This is one of those cases.
 
2013-02-22 03:16:01 PM

Shadow Blasko: "Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"

I'm still trying to parse that headline.

I'll get back to you if I make any progress.


Please let me know as well, I'm also struggling.  As of right now, I've concluded the logical syntax implies subby did not like the show, but that's a tenuous conclusion at best.
 
2013-02-22 03:18:35 PM

loveblondieo: That was a wonderful episode.


Agreed.
I really like the optimism of this show. Once they figured out that Leslie's limitless sense of hope that she could make her little corner of the world a better place was the beating heart of the show, it all really came together around season 2. It is a nice contrast to The Office, which has just turned into a cynical, nihilistic mess, especially now that they seem to be trying to kill the one little light of hope on that show, the Jim and Pam relationship. I don't mind dark comedy, but The Office almost makes you want to kill yourself in the later seasons because it is just so utterly hopeless
 
2013-02-22 03:19:29 PM
But that show still has Aziz Ansari in it, right? And that guy is just  TERRIBLE.
 
2013-02-22 03:20:20 PM

Mad_Radhu: "They can't hack into a typewriter. That's all I have to say" -Ron Swanson


The end bumper where Ron makes the rings was funny.
 
2013-02-22 03:20:45 PM
The only thing that could have been better than Ron fashioning the wedding rings out of Anne's sconce, is if he had added an ingot from his personal gold stash to the alloy.

/"People who buy things are suckers."
 
2013-02-22 03:23:44 PM
After the completely horrible shiatpile season 1 was I just can't watch it any more.  I hear it got better, but every time I see it I just want to set off an EMP so that no one in a 5 mile radius will have to suffer.

Should have started with season 2.
 
2013-02-22 03:26:09 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: After the completely horrible shiatpile season 1 was I just can't watch it any more.  I hear it got better, but every time I see it I just want to set off an EMP so that no one in a 5 mile radius will have to suffer.

Should have started with season 2.


One of the finest examples in TV history of a show Growing the Beard.
 
2013-02-22 03:29:37 PM
it's no 30 Rock
 
2013-02-22 03:36:40 PM

Shadow Blasko: "Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"

I'm still trying to parse that headline.

I'll get back to you if I make any progress.


I don't understand the confusion.
 
2013-02-22 03:36:53 PM
Couldn't care less.  Only reason I watch that show is

i2.listal.com
 
2013-02-22 03:43:44 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: After the completely horrible shiatpile season 1 was I just can't watch it any more.  I hear it got better, but every time I see it I just want to set off an EMP so that no one in a 5 mile radius will have to suffer.

Should have started with season 2.


Give season 2 a shot.  Parts of it, especially the government interaction with the townspeople, reminds me of the Simpsons.
 
2013-02-22 03:45:07 PM
I actually didn't, my DVR for some reason decided to stop recording it for like 5 minutes, and then started recording again.  The other show I recorded at the same time as that recorded fine, so its not like I lost sat. signal.
 
2013-02-22 03:48:59 PM

BKITU: Zarquon's Flat Tire: After the completely horrible shiatpile season 1 was I just can't watch it any more.  I hear it got better, but every time I see it I just want to set off an EMP so that no one in a 5 mile radius will have to suffer.

Should have started with season 2.

One of the finest examples in TV history of a show Growing the Beard.


DAMN YOU, I just wasted 45 minutes on that website. Again.

/linking to TV tropes should be illegal
//grumble grumble
 
2013-02-22 03:59:18 PM
I have FINALLY, after almost 6 looooong years, and many, many submissions, broken the code of how to get a headline green lit. Make sure it makes absolutely no sense!

/ I'm sorry it was early. Made sense to me at the time
// Suck it, haters. The episode was fantastic last night
/// Subby
 
2013-02-22 04:00:58 PM
Is that why The Office wasn't on?

No, no I did not watch it. I hate Amy Poehler with the fire of a burning suns, I will not watch that show.
 
2013-02-22 04:07:49 PM

cameroncrazy1984: But that show still has Aziz Ansari in it, right? And that guy is just  TERRIBLE.


He makes me stabby.

I watched the first three episodes of P&R and did not laugh once. I've heard its great but I didn't see it.
 
2013-02-22 04:08:35 PM

GoodyearPimp: Also, a sitcom with nothing left to say forced one of the dating couples to get married?  That's a new one.


This wasn't forced.  The characters develop and change over time.  Which means some of them get married as a result.  This isn't like Friends, where people get together and breakup just to have something to do.  The relationship between Leslie and Ben just reached its natural conclusion.  In the meantime, they have had no trouble keeping other people out of relationships because it makes no sense for their character.  It's really a well done show in that regard.
 
2013-02-22 04:16:19 PM

pudding7: Shadow Blasko: "Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"

I'm still trying to parse that headline.

I'll get back to you if I make any progress.

I don't understand the confusion.


the headline is saying that if you watched the episode, you missed why it's a good show.

headline doesn't make sense.

-1

without re-writing subby's headline too much, headline should've said,

"Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you saw why this show is one of the best written on TV right now."

or, going the other way,

"Did you miss Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"
 
2013-02-22 04:19:10 PM

sure haven't: Is that why The Office wasn't on?

No, no I did not watch it. I hate Amy Poehler with the fire of a burning suns, I will not watch that show.


I did not care for her on UCB.

I hated her on SNL.

The first season of PnR she filled me with the rage of a thousand suns.

After that though - she's changed my mind.  I not only don't  dislike her, but I find her to be really enjoyable and talented.
 
2013-02-22 04:28:07 PM

calbert: pudding7: Shadow Blasko: "Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"

I'm still trying to parse that headline.

I'll get back to you if I make any progress.

I don't understand the confusion.

the headline is saying that if you watched the episode, you missed why it's a good show.

headline doesn't make sense.

-1

without re-writing subby's headline too much, headline should've said,

"Did you catch Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you saw why this show is one of the best written on TV right now."

or, going the other way,

"Did you miss Leslie and Ben's wedding on Parks and Recreation last night? If so, you missed the reason why this show is one of the best written on TV right now"


Ah, got it.  I think I've been on Fark so long my brain automatically engages the "make sense of bizarre headlines" filter.
 
2013-02-22 04:29:19 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: After the completely horrible shiatpile season 1 was I just can't watch it any more.  I hear it got better, but every time I see it I just want to set off an EMP so that no one in a 5 mile radius will have to suffer.

Should have started with season 2.


Same thing happened to me. I shudder to think what I would have missed if I hadn't gone back and given it another try.

It becomes a good show by the end of season 2, and a great show by the end of season 3. It's been awesome ever since.

Seriously, go back and just start there. It's a completely different show by the time the season's over.
 
2013-02-22 04:36:20 PM
Manly tears were shed last night..What I love is the dedication to continuity of this show, Waffles, Lil Sebastian, Gerrys large dong, Eggelton, Phed Hapley and so many more. And I like how they use the town as a fictional character like Springfield and Arlen Texas.

Most of all I really like how they work to be very optimistic and funny as the same time. P&R has made a bad day better a couple of times
 
2013-02-22 04:37:12 PM
media.tumblr.com

/obvious
 
2013-02-22 04:38:01 PM

ReapTheChaos: Couldn't care less.  Only reason I watch that show is

[i2.listal.com image 600x400]


Besides wanting to tonguepunch her fartbox just on general principle, she does a fantastic job with her relatively underwritten role in the show: disdainful of everyone but fiercely loyal to her husband, even though she knows he's a dimwit. I'd suggest that the entire show should be about April and Andy, but I realize that the only reason her character works so well is because she's doled out in tiny doses, and thus, doesn't become overexposed.

/wishes Aubrey Plaza would get overexposed...
 
2013-02-22 04:43:20 PM
I got to see the first 15 mintues of the show, then Direct TV decided that was all it needed to record of that episode.

I did however get to see all of the next episode.
 
2013-02-22 04:56:47 PM

Strolpol: Zarquon's Flat Tire: After the completely horrible shiatpile season 1 was I just can't watch it any more.  I hear it got better, but every time I see it I just want to set off an EMP so that no one in a 5 mile radius will have to suffer.

Should have started with season 2.

Same thing happened to me. I shudder to think what I would have missed if I hadn't gone back and given it another try.

It becomes a good show by the end of season 2, and a great show by the end of season 3. It's been awesome ever since.

Seriously, go back and just start there. It's a completely different show by the time the season's over.


I'm not going to sit through 48 episodes of crap and "awkward humor" (think of Ben Stiller and Jim from American Pie) to get to the good parts. I'd rather watch Better Off Ted for sixth time.
 
2013-02-22 05:02:52 PM

Mike Chewbacca: I'm not going to sit through 48 episodes of crap and "awkward humor" (think of Ben Stiller and Jim from American Pie) to get to the good parts. I'd rather watch Better Off Ted for sixth time.


That's also why I don't like the Office.  I just don't like 'humiliation humor'.  They did it 20 years ago called it Boy Meets World.
 
2013-02-22 05:14:16 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Mike Chewbacca: I'm not going to sit through 48 episodes of crap and "awkward humor" (think of Ben Stiller and Jim from American Pie) to get to the good parts. I'd rather watch Better Off Ted for sixth time.

That's also why I don't like the Office.  I just don't like 'humiliation humor'.  They did it 20 years ago called it Boy Meets World.


That, and I worked in a soul-crushing cubicle job for nearly 12 years. There's no way in fark that after a long day in my drab gray cube I'm going to watch a bunch of OTHER pathetic cubicle drones on TV.

/yes I was a cubicle drone
//Veronica also called us hobbits
 
2013-02-22 05:16:04 PM
breaking bad
house of cards
mad men
community
downton abbey
newsroom
game of thrones
modern family
30 rock
louie
boardwalk empire
futurama
colbert

PnR could be thrown in there somewhere
 
2013-02-22 05:17:25 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Mike Chewbacca: I'm not going to sit through 48 episodes of crap and "awkward humor" (think of Ben Stiller and Jim from American Pie) to get to the good parts. I'd rather watch Better Off Ted for sixth time.

That's also why I don't like the Office.  I just don't like 'humiliation humor'.  They did it 20 years ago called it Boy Meets World.


humiliation humor is the cornerstone of all british comedy.
 
2013-02-22 05:26:12 PM

craigzy: Zarquon's Flat Tire: Mike Chewbacca: I'm not going to sit through 48 episodes of crap and "awkward humor" (think of Ben Stiller and Jim from American Pie) to get to the good parts. I'd rather watch Better Off Ted for sixth time.

That's also why I don't like the Office.  I just don't like 'humiliation humor'.  They did it 20 years ago called it Boy Meets World.

humiliation humor is the cornerstone of all british comedy.


Well sure, but it doesn't SOUND mean-spirited when they do it in their happy little accents.
 
2013-02-22 05:42:14 PM

Uzzah: ReapTheChaos: Couldn't care less.  Only reason I watch that show is

[i2.listal.com image 600x400]

Besides wanting to tonguepunch her fartbox just on general principle, she does a fantastic job with her relatively underwritten role in the show: disdainful of everyone but fiercely loyal to her husband, even though she knows he's a dimwit. I'd suggest that the entire show should be about April and Andy, but I realize that the only reason her character works so well is because she's doled out in tiny doses, and thus, doesn't become overexposed.

/wishes Aubrey Plaza would get overexposed...


If her, Rashida Jones or Nick Offerman aren't in the scene, I fast forward through it anyway.
 
2013-02-22 06:01:32 PM
No.  My DVR cut it off 18 minutes in.

/Did get to see Ron Swanson punch a guy.
 
2013-02-22 06:33:23 PM
The only reason I caught a few minutes of it was people's lethargy after watching Community, as it inevitably leads to scouring TV Tropes and potty breaks before Archer. It wasn't terrible, although where the hell did Amy Poehler learn to not laugh at her own jokes? She was a complete disgrace to Weekend Update on SNL.

/cut-rate James Mason
 
2013-02-22 06:50:03 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: sure haven't: Is that why The Office wasn't on?

No, no I did not watch it. I hate Amy Poehler with the fire of a burning suns, I will not watch that show.

I did not care for her on UCB.

I hated her on SNL.

The first season of PnR she filled me with the rage of a thousand suns.

After that though - she's changed my mind.  I not only don't  dislike her, but I find her to be really enjoyable and talented.


Huh... I just realized that this is how I feel about her too. She's finally learned to tone down her energy a little bit, and it makes her much more likeable.
 
2013-02-22 07:14:15 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Mike Chewbacca: I'm not going to sit through 48 episodes of crap and "awkward humor" (think of Ben Stiller and Jim from American Pie) to get to the good parts. I'd rather watch Better Off Ted for sixth time.

That's also why I don't like the Office.  I just don't like 'humiliation humor'.  They did it 20 years ago called it Boy Meets World.


I think the Germans have a better word for it:   http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Fremdsch%C3%A4men

/Actually know people who have to watch The Office the way little kids watch horror movies, looking through their fingers.

//My niece can only listen to it, she can't bring herself to actually watch it.
 
2013-02-22 08:54:18 PM
I actually powered through season one and kept going, and I am glad that I did. I did so when maybe only the first two seasons were on Netflix, and it spurred me to start watching the show regularly.

Rare is the show that is centered on an idealistic, honestly positive person who has brought people together that look out for and help one another that doesn't feel corny or contrived. This is that show. It deserves better than it has received from viewers and from the Emmys.
 
2013-02-22 09:15:48 PM
www.esquire.com

DJ Roomba in the house!
 
2013-02-22 09:36:05 PM

Smelly McUgly: I actually powered through season one and kept going, and I am glad that I did. I did so when maybe only the first two seasons were on Netflix, and it spurred me to start watching the show regularly.

Rare is the show that is centered on an idealistic, honestly positive person who has brought people together that look out for and help one another that doesn't feel corny or contrived. This is that show. It deserves better than it has received from viewers and from the Emmys.


Couldn't agree more!
 
2013-02-23 12:03:27 AM
Well, awesome.

As someone who hasn't been able to watch any of this season, I love having episodes endings told to me.
 
2013-02-23 12:15:13 AM
I don't follow the show, but its apparent that only my dumbest friends every talk about this show or Community. And by dumb, I mean seriously devoid of intelligence.

As such, I automatically lump anyone who admits to watching PnR with fans of Community, Honey Boo Boo, Storage Wars, Cake Wars, and/or that show pretending that Amish have anything that could be considered a "mafia".

In all honestly, none of them realize what exploitative humor is. Shh, don't tell them.
 
2013-02-23 12:34:12 AM
Im getting tired of them looking at the camera everytime something awkward happens. It was funny on the office and now parks and recs... still a great show.
 
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