Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday shows roundup - 3/8

#1 Parks and Rec

Knope 2012 is a goldmine for story ideas, and Andy's mastery of his women's studies class proved for great fish-out-of-water comedy (or FOOW-medy). Jerry's Rain Man-esque display of campaign volunteerism was a great C story too -- simple enough not to distract from the A or B stories.

#2 The Office

The conclusion to the Tampa storyline is wonderful, with the Jim/Dwight frenemy-ship hitting high marks. You wonder why (spoiler alert) Jim can stop Dwight physically, given the beet farmer's training in karate and krav maga, but then you remember it's because Dwight is recovering from appendix surgery. The Girl Scout cookie-off was a great bit too.

All the stuff with Andy and Erin is dumb though -- this "will they or won't they!" thing is soooo played.

#3 30 Rock

Nothing in this episode worked (except Tracy's joke about mistaking a colonoscopy for an appointment with Colin O. Scopy). The reality show-spoofing business would have been funny five years ago -- which is the last time Kenneth actually was funny.

Also Jenna's character has improved since they got rid of McGruber, but not much.

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