Tonight I’m beginning a new thing on my blog: Pop Culture Sundays, where I’ll be exploring some of my favorite books, movies, bands, and TV shows. We’ll be kicking things off with a look at one of my favorite shows, NBC’s Parks & Recreation, in anticipation of the series premiere on Thursday, September 26.
When Parks & Rec first aired in the middle of The Office’s fifth season, reviews were overwhelmingly negative. It was viewed as nothing more than a weak imitation of The Office, with Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) playing a poor man’s Michael Scott. The fact that it was being helmed by Michael Schur (Mose Schrute) and that both shows featured Rashida Jones in supporting roles did not help things.
Many people quit watching before the end of the first season. That was a huge mistake. Continue reading