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”

#TVFail Entry 9: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael”

The accused: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael” The crime: A rushed didactic response to the September 11, 2001 attacks Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we were convinced had it all planned…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 9: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael”

2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

I’ve done my wishful thinking, now it’s time to make some last-minute official predictions for this year’s Emmy nominations. As you might notice, this “ballot” is much different than my dream one. This makes me sad, but oh well. I’ll have some reflections on the nominations after they are announced on Monday THURSDAY (thanks to Myles…… Continue reading 2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead 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 Lead 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, “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

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reacting to a tragedy

If you’d like to check out previous posts in this series, visit the Surveillance Summer Watch page. It’s been a long time since I’ve written about my West Wing viewing and that makes me sad. I haven’t watched a whole lot of West Wing lately, and that also makes me sad. That is especially disappointing when…… Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reacting to a tragedy

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: On Message

In only a few short days, I’ve plowed through the first 10(!) episodes of The West Wing. Benefits of graduating college ladies and gentlemen! I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to write about the episodes because straight recaps would be boring after the fact, and I’m still reading up on the various issues.…… Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: On Message