Chitchat: Does Parks and Recreation have a Leslie Knope problem?

I talk television with a lot of people. Friends, family, other critics on Twitter, vagrants on the street. I just love talking about TV. Because I don’t have the time and resources to do a podcast like I used to in college, I’m going to sort of replicate that experience in textual form in a … Continue reading Chitchat: Does Parks and Recreation have a Leslie Knope problem?

Review: Parks and Recreation, “Smallest Park”

  I haven’t written about Parks and Recreation once this season. Various personal commitments typically keep me to two reviews on Thursday night/Friday morning, I’d frankly just prefer to discuss the likes of Community and The Vampire Diaries at those times. However, although I have enjoyed much of Parks and Rec’s fourth season, I’ve also … Continue reading Review: Parks and Recreation, “Smallest Park”

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Parks and Recreation, “Harvest Festival”

I think "Harvest Festival" might be my favorite episode of Parks and Recreation ever. I'm not really confident in that opinion since I'm still basking in the afterglow of watching the episode twice in less than a few hours and I'm mostly confident that it isn't the "best" episode ever, but good lord do I … Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Harvest Festival”

Parks and Recreation, “Ron & Tammy: Part Two”

Bringing back successful supporting characters is always a  bit of a crapshoot. If their initial introduction to the series and its world is so tremendous, it's always going to be hard to top or create a story that lives up to the fans' expectations. And one of the easiest ways to try to avoid any … Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Ron & Tammy: Part Two”

Parks and Recreation, “Flu Season”

There's been a lot of hype about Parks and Recreation's "Flu Season." Showrunner Michael Schur has consistently said that it is the series' best effort to-date, the critics were all buzzing about it once they received screeners near the end of 2010 and in general, this is supposed to be the episode for the series. … Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Flu Season”

No more questions: Parks and Recreation is already better than The Office has ever been

Note: I have not seen any of season three like many real critics. This argument is based mostly on season two and just a bit on my own assumptions/critical acclaim for season three. Even with my small profile as an "online television critic," or my time at my undergraduate university newspaper, the question I've probably … Continue reading No more questions: Parks and Recreation is already better than The Office has ever been

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 10-1

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 10-1

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 20-11

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 20-11

Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees

Fortunately, I was awake for the announcement of the Emmy nominees this morning. Unfortunately, I was working and had to rely on sneaky Twitter checks on my Blackberry. Nevertheless, my secretive viewing lasted much longer than expected thanks to a number of unexpected nomination announcements, which is a word that I never expect to pair … Continue reading Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees

Steve Carell reaffirms his decision to leave The Office — What’s next?

A few months back, Steve Carell sent the internet into a tailspin when he mentioned on BBC Radio that the upcoming season of The Office would be his last. Eventually, we all calmed down and assumed NBC would figure out a way to bring him back. Or at least we convinced ourselves of that. Turns … Continue reading Steve Carell reaffirms his decision to leave The Office — What’s next?

Party Down, “Constance Carmell Wedding”

I'm sad. I'm sad because this could be the very last time I write about a specific new episode of Party Down, considering Starz still hasn't decided on whether or not to give the barely-watched series a third season. But I'm also sad because although I knew the production team didn't write "Constance Carmell Wedding" … Continue reading Party Down, “Constance Carmell Wedding”

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

This week I’ll be pretending that I have an Emmy vote and discussing my picks for all the major categories. Once it gets closer to the time that nominees are actually announced, I’ll do an official “picks” column. Today: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series! Two things before we get going: First, I’m only choosing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series