2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Defining Individuals of the Season

Now that the 2012-13 TV season is “officially” over, I thought I’d get some folks together and talk about a bunch of different things that happened between September and May. This is the 2012-13 season wrap roundtable. Previously on the roundtable: Shows changing over the season Cory: When you think back on this season, who…… Continue reading 2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Defining Individuals of the Season

Test Pilot: File #53, Parks and Recreation

Test Pilot #53: Parks and Recreation Debut date: April 9, 2009 Series legacy: On the shortlist of great contemporary sitcoms First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots than they do just about any other episode that could possibly be…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #53, Parks and Recreation

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?

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best Performances, Comedy

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy…… Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best Performances, Comedy

Test Pilot: File #28, The Comeback

Test Pilot #28: The Comeback Debut date: June 5, 2005 Series’ legacy: A flawed, lukewarmly received mockumentary that was perhaps a bit before its time For nearly a decade-and-a-half, HBO has been the biggest power player in the television industry. More than any other individual network or entity, HBO has shaped our perceptions of quality…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #28, The Comeback

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 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. Happy…… Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress 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, “Indianapolis”

Because of my schedule, I don’t get to write about Parks and Recreation every week and that just makes me sad. I think I’ve settled in on a schedule where I write about every other episode, which is better than nothing, I guess. Although it’s moderately disappointing that I didn’t have time to write about…… Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Indianapolis”

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: The Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

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 Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

2009-10 season wrap: Parks and Recreation

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: After a short first season that felt too much like an Office spin-off that didn’t quite know how to make its characters act like real people,…… Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: Parks and Recreation