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Parks and Recreation: Season 3 Review

I know most   Parks and Recreation   fans out there are lamenting the fact that there were only sixteen episodes this past season, but I kind of feel like the shorter season made for a tighter, funnier run. Of course, I'd always like there to be   more   of something good, but there's also something to be said about restraint and focus. Season 3   of Parks and Recreation was a sweet, hilarious triumph, and aside from a few dangling strands at the beginning of the year ( Ron   and Wendy, Tom's resentment) the Pawnee gang was able to pull it all together and pull off TV sitcom "basics" in a wildly fun and inventive manner.   Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/117/1171934p1.html?RSSwhen2011-06-01_120300&RSSid=1171934&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Parks and Recreation: "The Bubble/Li'l Sebastian" Review

I was tempted to   not   combine the two Parks and Rec episodes that aired tonight into one review but - hell! - they were both equally hilarious and they were meant to run back to back; " The Bubble " even having the Part 1 title right at the beginning. These two episodes showed us all just how marvelously great this series is at creating a truly lovable ensemble. Many people spout that The Office has a great ensemble but I find myself uninterested in probably 80% of the people who work at Dunder Mifflin. I love love love everyone on Parks and the show constantly surprises me with the creative and unique ways it keeps its characters sweet, hilarious   and   vital.   Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/116/1168415p1.html?RSSwhen2011-05-19_204000&RSSid=1168415&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

PARKS AND RECREATION “The Bubble/Li’l Sebastian” (Season Finale) Review

PARKS AND RECREATION  "The Bubble/Ll’l Sebastian " Season 3 Episode  15 & 16 (Season Finale) – Okay,  PARKS AND RECREATION  needs to be on all the time, am I right? The First episode of this season finale was titled "The Bubble" and focused a lot of Leslie and Ben’s relationship. Their sneaking around to get away from Chris’ "no inner office dating" rule was hilarious. Aside from the hidden relationship, Chris’ new plan  to send Tom to the fourth  floor with Andy was hilarious. I’m not a huge fan of Tom, but his outrage  at having to work in the records department was FANTASTIC. Andy is probably my favorite, so I don’t feel that I need to reiterate how funny he is. Ron’s swivel desk, Donna’s spaceship keyboard, and April being assistiant to everyone was just icing on the cake. I have not one bad thing to say about the first half of this finale. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/20/parks-and-recreation-the-bubblelil-sebastian-season-finale-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

Parks and Recreation Season Finale Review: R.I.P. Li'l Sebastian

I really hope "The Bubble" phase of Ben and Leslie’s relationship isn’t over that quickly. For that matter, I wish I could spend just a little more time with my favorite Parks Department before the season came to a close. At least Parks will be back in the fall rather than midseason. I’m still of the mind that Chris’ whole government-employees-caught-dating-will-be-fired rule is unnecessary. With Ben and Leslie being the types of people they are (incredibly dedicated) and Leslie’s potential run for office, the rule just doesn’t feel like it needs to be in place. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-review-lil-sebastian/

'Parks and Recreation' Season 3 Finale Recap

As much as these two episodes are linked together as a "season finale" (there are even "Part One/Part Two" titles before each episode), the only thing that really links the two is the story of Leslie and Ben and the lengths they're going to in order to keep their relationship a secret. Let's just say that they're not doing a very good job of it. Leslie, usually someone who's good coming up with ideas, can only think of ones where someone leaves the country. And Ben is so smitten with Leslie that he can't help but smooch and tickle her in very public places. Leslie loves being in "the bubble" of a new relationship, but she knows that under these conditions, it's not going to last long. But before we get to the many stories we saw in these episodes, let's talk about the last seven minutes of the finale. It was a humdinger, wasn't it? Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/20/parks-and-recreation-season-3-finale-recap/

'Parks and Recreation' season finale: Change gonna come?

"Parks and Recreation" ended a great, great season with a great hour-long finale, and in particular a madcap final 10 minutes that hinted at big changes to come in the future. We're just glad we don't have to wait until midseason next year for its return."The Bubble" and "Li'l Sebastian" (may he rest in peace) may not have been designed to play back-to-back, but they worked really well as a unit, as both focused on Ben and Leslie's attempts to keep their relationship on the sly, to ever-widening bad results. It culminated in their frantic mismanagement of Li'l Sebastian's memorial and -- horrors! -- Ron losing part of his mustache and all of his eyebrows in a torch-lighting mishap. That the final scenes -- which also featured Leslie being approached to run for office, Tom and Jean-Ralphio launching their Pawnee-based entertainment conglomerate and the appearance of both of Ron's exes named Tammy -- never felt... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-season-finale-change-gonna-come.html

Why 'Parks and Recreation' Is One of TV's Top Shows (& Some Season Finale Questions)

This is not information that calls for a spoiler alert, but seven months from now, I'm sure 'Parks and Recreation' will be on my Top 10 Shows of 2011 list. The show has not only increased its breadth in enormously pleasing ways -- Pawnee is now populated by the most hilarious cast of secondary and tertiary characters on television -- but it also skillfully gave depth to all its core characters, especially Leslie Knope. If you haven't thrilled to the warmth and sweetness Amy Poehler gave Leslie over the last few months then, damn it, you're not human. But it's because Leslie's emotional life has become so real and believable that I have one or two misgivings about where the show has taken her and where it may be headed next season. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/19/parks-and-recreation-season-finale-ben-leslie/

Parks and Recreation: "Road Trip" Review

Hah, I told you that I'd have a review of the second episode of Parks today! I don't know why I'm "hah"ing, right now by the way. " Road Trip " lacked the overall laughs of "The Fight," which was the episode it was paired up with last night, but overall it was a sweet episode that focused on  Leslie  and Ben finally kissing and April  and  Andy  having their first little mini-tiff. Leslie and Ben aren't exactly funny when they're just together on their own so this chapter relied on Ann and Chris to sort of break up their dull-ish cuteness. "That was the most sexual tension I've ever seen in a conversation about documents," Ann tells Leslie after witnessing a typically award Leslie/Ben flirtation.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/116/1168143p1.html?RSSwhen2011-05-13_170700&RSSid=1168143&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

Parks and Recreation: "The Fight" Review

Written by series star   Amy Poehler   herself, " The Fight " managed to be on par with her excellent contribution to Season 2, "Telethon." It was a great episode that managed to find a way to get   Ann   into the Parks Department - with a real job that actually makes sense within the context of the show no less! Yes, the final holdout has caved and now everyone, after almost three seasons, has an actual reason to be hanging around the building. Not that I was complaining. It was clear from the get-go that this faux docu-show was stretching the format a bit when it started following Ann and   Andy   in the first place; seeing as how their presence made everything   not   be a workplace documentary. So unlike The Office, which just recently made a full call-out to the documentary crew on Carell's final episode, Parks pretty much just uses the format as a structure device.   Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/116/1168083p1.html?RSSwhen2011-05-12_192400&RSSid=1168083&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Parks and Recreation Review: "Road Trip"

Last night's Parks and Recreation double feature provided some much needed relationship progression with Ann and Leslie and giving some very much desired progression with Leslie and Ben. I’ve wondered how long we would have to wait for a big blowout between Ann and Leslie. While most of "The Fight" was fueled by Tom’s Snake Juice, it did have its merits. Leslie wants Ann to more aggressive with her life and her job and feels she needs to push Ann along, which is why she signs her up for the Health Department job. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-review-road-trip/