Parks and Recreation Season 5 Review “Ben and Leslie; Correspondents’ Lunch”

Back in October, NBC was riding high. Revolution was a legitimate hit, Sunday Night Football was its usual dominant self, and The Voice fatigue didn’t set in as the show continued to do solid numbers. For a while, the once beleaguered network became number one in the all-important demographic. These numbers coupled with Bob Greenblatt tacit desire to move on from his low rated critical darlings almost seemed to doom Parks and Recreation. It seemed like an unjust end for a show that viewers watched become the best comedy of television. In typical Parks fashion, we hoped for the best, but knew chances were slim at best. Of course, we know how this story has changed: NBC pulls an NBC and quickly sinks back to the bottom once its top three shows go on hiatus. This downward movement all but ensures Parks and Recreation will return for a sixth season. However, this season of the show wasn’t written with a sixth season in mind. Mike Schur and company set out to provide viewers with the best possible ending you can give a show without totally tying everything up. It may seem like a macabre way to write television, but if it produces more episodes like "Ben and Leslie", then we should hope more of our shows go about writing in this way.

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