Parks and Recreation Recap: Tiny Furniture

Twenty-two episodes a year is a lot of episodes (here seems as good a place as any to remind that the revered original U.K. iteration of The Office ran thirteen, total), and of Parks and Recreation’s many impressive qualities is its total control over that pacing and scope. The show has an uncanny instinct for knowing how long is too long for a subplot arc, for knowing how far is too far for a character tic, and just in general, for knowing when it needs a proper story to push things along and when the established ecosystem and relationships are enough. Showrunner Michael Schur is very much on the record as far as what he learned about writing from Cheers, and it’s hard to think of another comedy that’s used those lessons so well. Read More...


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