Friday, November 18, 2011
The Best Show on TV
by Kelly Bedard
People ask me all the time, if they only have time to watch one show, what's the best one? For 2 years now I've had the same answer- Parks and Recreation. The Big C is stupendous and Parenthood is great, Friday Night Lights just finished an unbelievable run and Community still offers up a transcendent moment of brilliance here and there (as does How I Met Your Mother), but the one show I look forward to most every single week and recommend to everyone I know is the underrated NBC Thursday gem Parks and Rec.
From the wonderfully fleshed-out Tom (Aziz Ansari, the show's breakout star from season one, who moved seamlessly from annoyingly flashy to hilariously hyperbolic) to the inarguably good yet fantastically hated Jerry (Jim O'Heir). Rob Lowe's all-out crazy as city manager Chris, Aubrey Plaza's deadpan April, Nick Offerman's note-perfect and impossibly unique Ron Swanson, and, of course, my top TV crush, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and his dorky, uncomfortable, pent-up ways- the cleverest sitcom out there has a supporting cast that is impossible to beat.
If you only have 23 minutes a week, give them to Parks and Recreation.