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« on: April 10, 2009, 07:11:09 PM »

Starring:

Amy Poehler as Michelle Scott
Aziz Ansari as Jim Schrute
Rashida Jones as Karen

Gimme a break.
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 07:18:09 PM »

I missed it but heard it was pretty funny.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 07:21:49 PM »

You heard wrong.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 07:23:56 PM »

It was trying way to hard to copy The Office.  All the characters felt the same and even the way the show is filmed felt identical.  Doesn't have the charm of The Office though.  Not at all.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 07:33:46 PM »

It was ok.  Honestly if The Office was on 2x a week I would watch it and enjoy it, so I don't mind a show trying to rip off the formula.  Still, I agree it was a little lacking and uneven.  I laughed quite a bit at Tom hitting on Rashida Jones's character during the meeting, but that was the only big laugh.  Of course The Office had a fairly rough start and then found their stride.  Maybe this will be a similar type of thing.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2009, 07:36:06 PM »

A few good chuckles here and there but it was mostly awful.  It didn't do the show any favors to have the premiere sandwiched between two episodes of the Office.  One Office episode as a lead-in, sure, but watching the second Office while Parks & Rec was fresh in my mind just made it easier to realize how much worse Parks & Rec was.

Though like kathode says it did take the Office a bit to hit its stride, so I'll at least give this one a few more weeks chance before I give up.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2009, 07:53:00 PM »

I watched the premiere.  I doubt that I will be watching any more of it.  I like looking at Poehler, but it all goes pear-shaped once I hear her trying to be funny.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2009, 08:25:09 PM »

I'll watch another episode, but the first one wasn't that great.  I thought the pit scene was pretty funny though and Rashida Jones is a reason to watch.
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2009, 10:12:35 PM »

It needs more time for it to distinguish itself from The Office.  Until it does that I won't be following it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2009, 10:13:28 PM »

I felt like I saw all the funny stuff in the previews...

I'll continue watching, but I wasn't very impressed.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2009, 10:23:31 PM »

I have it on the DVR but haven't watched it yet. Enjoyed the BBC Office series, have never seen the American one. Parks & Recreation is billed as more political, which I will probably like. I'd like to find a new comedy to watch since all of my current shows are getting canceled, so I'll give this one a few episodes to grab me. I didn't like The Office until the third episode either.
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2009, 12:14:59 AM »

Exactly like The Office but without the humor.
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2009, 08:24:37 AM »

So you mean like this season's Office (minus the two last night. Finally some LOL moments!)...
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2009, 04:05:34 PM »

i don't watch the office, and just saw bits of this at my friends house.   i thought it was watchable, i'd give
it another shot
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2009, 04:31:09 PM »

Quote from: kathode on April 10, 2009, 07:33:46 PM

Of course The Office had a fairly rough start and then found their stride. 

It did?  The first few episodes were exact copies of their British counterparts, which I though were very well done.  Maybe I missed something...

I have absolutely zero interest in Parks & Recreation, outside of Rashida Jones.  And she's not quite enough of a draw to actually watch it.
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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2009, 06:09:35 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on April 11, 2009, 04:31:09 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 10, 2009, 07:33:46 PM

Of course The Office had a fairly rough start and then found their stride. 
It did?  The first few episodes were exact copies of their British counterparts, which I though were very well done.  Maybe I missed something...
That was the problem.  I like the UK version of the show, but the US version doing the exact same thing just made it a poor imitation.  Once the US version started doing its own thing it became good.
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2009, 04:36:30 AM »

I found it amusing, but not funny, if that makes sense. However, I felt the same way about the early episodes of the Office. I like the character of her boss ("I want to privatize all parks... like Chuck E Cheeses. That's a good business model.").
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2009, 12:46:27 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2009, 06:09:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 11, 2009, 04:31:09 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 10, 2009, 07:33:46 PM

Of course The Office had a fairly rough start and then found their stride. 
It did?  The first few episodes were exact copies of their British counterparts, which I though were very well done.  Maybe I missed something...
That was the problem.  I like the UK version of the show, but the US version doing the exact same thing just made it a poor imitation.  Once the US version started doing its own thing it became good.

Actually only the first episode of the US Office was a copy of the UK version. After that it went differently. At this point I'd say it's only loosely based on the UK version.

If you skip the US version, you'd be missing out on a helluva lot of laughs. "Call of Duty" anyone? biggrin
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2009, 03:38:34 AM »

I got a few chuckles out of it. It's staying in the recording schedule for a few more weeks.
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2009, 05:20:31 AM »

I liked it. Better than 95% of network sitcoms. Not laugh out loud funny, but enjoyable.
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2009, 02:22:24 PM »

Quote from: Lee on April 13, 2009, 05:20:31 AM

I liked it. Better than 95% of network sitcoms. Not laugh out loud funny, but enjoyable.

I disagree.  I find CBS has the best comedies at the moment, what with their entire Monday line-up and Gary Unmarried.  Although, I would watch P&R before I would ever watch Worst Week again.
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« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2011, 02:28:05 PM »

fwiw, after being unable to "get into" this show the first couple seasons, the third season has really grown on me. I'm not a huge Rob Lowe fan but his ridiculously optimistic, health food nut auditor character is amusing. Seeing Adam Scott (who professes in interviews to playing a lot of "obnoxious dickheads" in movies and shows to this point) play a gentle, shy character is pretty refreshing. Those are among some key supporting cast changes they made (I don't know if they're new for this season or were introduced in Season 2).

Since this isn't a riff on a British show (afik), I think it also needed a season or 2 under its belt to get you (or at least, me) to understand the primary characters and see how they bounce off each other. I might actually ask for the season 2 DVD set as a b-day gift just to catch up on characters a bit (I gave up on this show after the first few Season 1 episodes and really paid no attention to season 2).

I still watch and enjoy The Office, but I've honestly laughed more watching this the last few weeks (not something I ever dreamed I'd say). imho, The Office's crew is trying a little Too Hard to give Michael Scott a big sendoff, though I think most sitcoms that reach 6-7-8 years start to strain a bit anyway. I'm sure it's also a strain for some of the key staff (producers/writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur) to need to bounce between the two shows. Daniels did get back to The Office to write its guest-star-overrun season finale, which is a few weeks away.
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« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2011, 02:42:39 PM »

It's funny I started this thread, and how I started it, because Parks & Rec is without a doubt my favorite comedy on TV right now, and has been since the end of season 1!  I LOVE this show... Ron Swanson!
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« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2011, 03:46:40 PM »

I've grown very fond of this show as the characters have gelled. Ron Swanson indeed!
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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2011, 04:28:46 PM »

Love this show. Ron and Tom make the show for me.
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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2011, 04:59:16 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on April 23, 2011, 03:46:40 PM

I've grown very fond of this show as the characters have gelled. Ron Swanson indeed!

I love this show.  Best comedy on network TV right now.

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« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2011, 06:43:53 PM »

Ron Swanson's glee with Li'l Sebastian is the happy place I go to when I'm feeling blue... heh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmhohRXn_LY
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« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2011, 04:14:41 AM »

Ron is great. Did you know he is

Spoiler for Hiden:
ONLY 42?? I had no idea!

I also love Donna. I'm trying to find a clip of when she rage tackles Leslie Knope in last season's hunting trip... but I can't find it. frown

YES! I watched this 20 times when it first aired!

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« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2011, 04:18:25 AM »

Did you know he's really married to Tammy?
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« Reply #30 on: April 24, 2011, 04:44:02 AM »

He's also a talented woodworker in real life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7qiXZqrvfI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D1_PcQ7jEM
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« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2012, 05:19:31 PM »

My new hero on this show is Perd Hapley.

I just watched last week's show, and his clueless banality is just incredibly real and perfect.

He delivers lines like, "To begin the show, let's start it" or "Coming up in our next segment is commercials" without any hint of a knowing wink is fantastic.

I looked the actor up online, and he's played nothing but reporters.  And it seems he does real local news reporting, too.  But it's just not possible that he's unaware of what he's saying.
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« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2012, 05:32:30 PM »

Someone used a common expression on a recent show and Perd just gave them this clueless look that was hilarious.  When he then told them he'd never heard that before and that the person was very clever for coming up with it, they told him it was actually a very common saying.  To which he replied, "If you say so" before changing the subject.   icon_lol
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« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2012, 05:53:11 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on March 09, 2012, 05:32:30 PM

Someone used a common expression on a recent show and Perd just gave them this clueless look that was hilarious.  When he then told them he'd never heard that before and that the person was very clever for coming up with it, they told him it was actually a very common saying.  To which he replied, "If you say so" before changing the subject.   icon_lol

It was about putting a foot in one's mouth.

He chuckled and said, "That's quite an image."

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« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2012, 09:02:05 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 09, 2012, 05:19:31 PM

My new hero on this show is Perd Hapley.

Perd Hapley?  More like Turd Crapley  icon_biggrin

The show had better get renewed for next season.  TV Guide has it on their "looking good" for renewal list, but the fact that it's going off the air for a month is worrying.  Parks & Rec is the type of show for which I'd like to send everyone a copy of the DVDs with a note reading "Watch this.  You'll thank me later."
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« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2012, 02:07:58 PM »

Quote from: EddieA on March 10, 2012, 09:02:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 09, 2012, 05:19:31 PM

My new hero on this show is Perd Hapley.

Perd Hapley?  More like Turd Crapley  icon_biggrin

The show had better get renewed for next season.  TV Guide has it on their "looking good" for renewal list, but the fact that it's going off the air for a month is worrying.  Parks & Rec is the type of show for which I'd like to send everyone a copy of the DVDs with a note reading "Watch this.  You'll thank me later."


I don't think the going off the air thing is anything to worry about. They are taking it off the air now so that there can be new episodes during sweeps. I think they're doing the same thing with The Office as well.
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« Reply #36 on: March 10, 2012, 03:40:17 PM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 10, 2012, 02:07:58 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 10, 2012, 09:02:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 09, 2012, 05:19:31 PM

My new hero on this show is Perd Hapley.

Perd Hapley?  More like Turd Crapley  icon_biggrin

The show had better get renewed for next season.  TV Guide has it on their "looking good" for renewal list, but the fact that it's going off the air for a month is worrying.  Parks & Rec is the type of show for which I'd like to send everyone a copy of the DVDs with a note reading "Watch this.  You'll thank me later."


I don't think the going off the air thing is anything to worry about. They are taking it off the air now so that there can be new episodes during sweeps. I think they're doing the same thing with The Office as well.

They do this with all shows, usually, unless it's a mid-season one.

There are only 22 - 24 episodes per season.  That's six months of shows.  There are nine months from September through May.

Sometimes they randomly stagger the off weeks, but usually it's in blocks a month or so long.

The good shows will always have episodes in November, February and May, since those are sweeps.

Also, the 9 month span is why you'll get a baby announced at the start of a season (or hinted at and announced in November), then delivered in time for May sweeps.
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« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2012, 10:20:47 PM »

Here's a fun crossover between Parks & Recreation and The Voice  icon_lol
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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2012, 06:44:04 AM »

The show has been renewed for next season  icon_biggrin
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