Here at Popcorn Whiskey we all agree that the best comedy on TV currently is Parks and Recreation. Yet with less then 4 million average viewers, we are shocked that there are not more loyal fans. Part of this can be due to the first season of Parks and Recreation not having the magic that the following seasons have. A lot of people we know gave Parks and Recreation a shot when it first came out because of star Amy Poehler but decided they did not like it. Well, if that is the case for you, do your self a favor and binge watch it on Netflix and you will see he brilliance that is Pawnee. Here are 5 of our favorite things about Parks and Recreation.
Minor characters: No show has ever used minor character’s to get major laughs as well as Parks and Recreation. Jean-Ralphio who literally is comes up with the worst ideas like quoting a Vince Vaughn quote from Fred Clause during a best man speech or getting run over by a Lexus. The cougar and morning show host, Joan Callamezzo who if not drunk, is known for her Gotcha style of journalism, she’s even got the Joan Gotcha dancers. Perd Hapley, a news personality who never has a clue what he is saying like “for a female perspective on the issue, we turn to a woman” and “issue number one is the first issue we are going to talk about”. The forever horny and vicious ex wife of Ron, Tammy # 2 who Leslie best describes when she said “I know Tammy seems scary, but really, she’s just a manipulative, psychotic, library book-peddling, sex-crazed she-demon.” . Of course there are so many more, Mona Lisa, Orin, the Douche, Li’l Sebastian, and Ken Hotate are some of our favorites. Part of the fun of Parks and Recreation is that you never know when your favorite minor characters are going to show up. Check out this video of Jean-Ralphio and his twin sister Mona Lisa.
Tom Haverford: Aziz Ansari who plays Tom Haveford on Parks and Recreation is ridiculous in the best ways. You can’t help but love Tom, who is the life of the party, but no one loves Tom more than himself. He thinks he is the most fresh and hip guy in all Pawnee and hey with DJ Roomba by his side, he just might be. Of course the best part about Tom is he leaves you with a new quote to tell your friends every week. Here’s our favorite. “Zerts are what I call desserts. Tray-trays are entrées. I call sandwiches ‘sammies,’ ‘sandoozles,’ or ‘Adam Sandlers.’ Air conditioners are ‘cool blasterz.’ I call cakes ‘big ol’ cookies.’ I call noodles ‘long-ass rice.’ Fried chicken is ‘fry-fry chicky-chick.’ Chicken parm is ‘chicky-chicky-parm-parm.’ Chicken cacciatore? ‘Chicky-cach.’ I call eggs ‘pre-birds,’ or ‘future birds.’ Root beer is ‘super water.’ Tortillas are ‘bean blankets.’ And I call forks ‘food rakes.’” Check out this video of Tom dressed as rapper T-Pain
Running Gags: Running gags are fan favorites, they are literally rewards for the fans who have been loyal to the show, and Parks and Recreation is full of them. Jerry Gengurch is the best example. To start his real name is Garry, but people started calling him Jerry, and he just stuck with it. His name has since been changed to Larry, and now Terry. He also is the nicest person in the office, but everyone blames everything on him and makes fun of him for no reason. Lastly, there is beautiful wife and daughters who no one can figure out a guy who looks like Jerry could land such a hot wife and have such beautiful children. Another running gag is Li’l Sebastian, who is a mini horse who the town of Pawnee goes cray over. Anything Li’l Sebastian does makes the town go into a fit of joy. The murals inside City Hall are also one of the best running gags. Every mural depicts a significant moment in Pawnee ‘s history, a shameful history that often times includes the death of a Wamapoe Indian. We literally love the use of the word literally by Chris Traeger as well. Check out this clip of Jerry’s retirement party and notice how Andy calls him Jeremy at the very end.
April Ludgate’s deadpan humor: Aubrey Plaza, the actress who plays April is literally the master of deadpan humor. The part of April was written just for Plaza. Deadpan is a comic delivery where the comedian does not change emotion or tone of voice when making a joke. It’s often times so outrageous that it makes people feel uncountable and awkward. Ron described trying to replace April as his assistant by saying “Now, I know I’m not going to find somebody that’s both aggressively mean and apathetic. April really is the whole package.” When she says things like “Camping sucks. Plus you can see the stars, which I hate” or when she entered a beauty pageant, “Hello, I’m April Ludgate… I’m 20. I like people, places, and things! And Pawnee is my favorite place in the world” “No I didn’t win, but at least I didn’t make any new friendships” you can’t help but laugh even though you know she’s questing your intelligence right in front of your face. What’s even better than her deadpan humor is when she does let her guard down and opens ups, it’s so rewarding and touching because it only happens once or twice a season. Here is a clip of April at the beauty pageant
Ron Swanson: Ron is in many ways the polar opposite of Leslie Knope. As the Director of the Parks and Recreation department, he strangely hates government. He has over the seasons become the most popular character on the show, and for good reasons. Ron is a man’s man, and havea love for 4 things: meat, hunting, whiskey, and breakfast foods. He has literally only cried twice in his life once when he was hit by a bus at age seven and secondly when Li’l Sebastian died. Ron can eat more than any living being, and even has a food item named after him, the Swanson is a bacon-wrapped turkey leg. While Ron wants to come off as cold and indifferent to his staff, he actually cares for them greatly and is the father figure to the cast. Here are a few of our favorite Ron Swanson quotes: “Fish, for sport only, not for meat. Fish meat is practically a vegetable.” ,“Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.” , “When I walked in this morning I saw that the flag was at half mast, I though, ‘All right, another bureaucrat ate it!’ And then I saw it was Li’l’ Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.” and You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.”. Check out this clip of the many emotions of Ron Swanson
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