While its big sibling The Office always struggled with repetition, Parks and Entertainment always strives ahead to check out originalities even when they’re challenging for the program’s format to sustain.
2013 featured Parks’ most significant moment ever, Leslie and Ben’s wedding event, not to mention numerous new stories focused around Leslie’s task on the Pawnee city council that would’ve been difficult if the program just weren’t willing to let her from the parks department.
While the slowdown following their wedding event was a bit divisive, the period ending “Are You Much better Off?” showed that there was a mindful building to these apparently smaller episodes, and made the second half of the season simply as considerable as the very first.
Throughout this, Parks has kept its standard arsenal of heart and humor, taking us in new locations but with the same happiness and humanity that’s made it the best comedy on television.
Creators: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, Retta