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The best sitcom currently on air,
This review is from: Parks & Recreation: Season Three [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
After a fantastic second season, 'Parks and Recreation' keeps that momentum up in its third year. There is excellent character development, a slew of good plotlines, and some of the wittiest dialogue of any sitcom of recent years. Ron Swanson also gives a speech about a small horse, but I won't spoil that surprise. For the uninitiated, 'Parks and Recreation' centers around the department of that name in the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana - a city whose slogan is "First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity". At the heart of the show is Lesley Knope (a wonderfully funny and impressively versatile Amy Poehler), deputy director of the department, a hard working, kindly, and amusingly neurotic woman surrounded by the likes of cynical department director Ron Swanson, Tom Haverford - Leslie's assistant and wannabe entrepreneur, and, embodying perfectly the contradictions of a girl just out of her teens, April Ludgate - an excellent turn from Aubrey Plaza. The show is shot in a mock documentary style, similar to that of 'The Office [US]', unsurprising as 'Parks and Rec...' creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur were behind both shows. 'Parks and Rec...' however, manages to surpass even Daniels and Schur's other project, with its superbly drawn characters, all-round excellent performances, and some of the funniest dialogue ever to appear in a sitcom. "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, "Give me a lot of bacon and eggs." What I said was, "Give me all the bacon and eggs you have". Do you understand?". Ron Swanson, I'm looking at you.
For the initiated, there is no sign whatsoever of a third-season slump from 'Parks and Rec...', and from unsuccessful colognes (Tom's 'Tommy Fresh' - rumoured to smell like teriyaki), to impromptu weddings (no spoilers here!) and a nude painting of a half-Leslie, half-Centaur creature (the work of perennial office whipping-boy Jerry), the show balances perfectly the twin facets of laughs and heart. There isn't really anything bad I can say of 'Parks and Rec...' season three, apart from that at fourteen episodes, it's rather a short season. For those who like their comedy sharp, contemporary (the show, unlike the town of Pawnee, is remarkably hip and relevant in its frame of reference) and with more than enough genuinely heartfelt moments, I can't recommend season three of 'Parks and Rec' highly enough. Welcome, or welcome back, to Pawnee, "The Factory Fire Capital of America".