Half a Review of Parks and Recreation, Half a Post of Fawning Over Adam Scott

Hey, remember when I said that Adam Scott was the actor that we most needed to see more of? Of course you don’t. But the important thing (which isn’t actually important at all) is that my admiration has blossomed into full grown fangirling. I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth.

I am LOVING him as Ben on Parks and Recreation. I’m really glad that he and Rob “Stop Pooping” Lowe are in it for the long haul. I’m normally dubious when new major characters are introduced into shows that already work (remember Oliver on The Brady Bunch? That is, if you count The Brady Bunch as “working”), but I think the two of them add a lot. And Rob Lowe is fucking funny.

The show is definitely setting us up for a Leslie/Ben romance, and it has been from the start, and I am totally down for that. I really enjoy April and Andy’s relationship (which, after briefly stalling, took a turn for the more hopeful in the time capsule episode), and I hope they don’t abandon that, but I love Leslie and Ben even more. Amy and Adam have great chemistry, and I love how their characters bring out the best in each other. The relationships on Parks and Recreation are never rushed, and even though they’re really well developed, I like that they never overpower the show (though part of me just really, really wants Ben and Leslie to get together…I think I need a life).

This is probably my favourite show on TV right now. The third season, which just recently started, is already great at only three episodes in. I especially loved the second episode, “Flu Season”. Amy Poehler was hilarious as a deliriously ill but predictably determined Leslie (“The floor and wall just switched…Walk very carefully”).

It’s a show that’s always consistent with the laughs, but also really warm-spirited; I think that’s where “quirky” shows like Community falter a bit – even Arrested Development. I love both shows, and it’s some of the funniest television I’ve seen, but the humour is so stylized and zany that it keeps the audience at a distance. Some of the characters are so over the top (and I love Gob Bluth for it!) that it’s hard to really care about them. But even Parks and Recreation‘s most ridiculous characters (and let’s face, pretty much everyone except Ben and Anne would fit into that category) are still very human and weirdly relatable. Ron just wants to be left alone, Tom is desperate to fit in – it’s stuff that everyone feels, at least occasionally. The humour is always really on point, but it’s the characters that are really Parks and Recreation‘s strongest suit. There’s not a throwaway character in the bunch (well, okay, maybe Anne just a little bit…)

Oh, but that’s not all. Thanks to the beauty of YouTube, I have started watching Adam Scott’s previous sitcom, Party Down. (Side note: I don’t know how to refer to him. Calling him “Adam” seems creepy, but “Scott” seems way too formal for such a frivolous post. So I think I’ll just stick with his full name. Because that’s completely normal…) The show aired for two seasons on the U.S. cable station Starz, but was cancelled last year. I’ve only seen the first episode so far, but it made me chortle (yes, chortle) several times. Adam Scott is completely and utterly charming, as usual, and I love Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, and Jane Lynch, too. Quality television all around.

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