Category Archives: Parks and Recreation

Who Moved My TV Character’s Cheese: Why we respond to strongly to vocational competency on television

Last night’s “Saturday Night Live” parody of “Scandal” was simultaneously funny and instructive. As a fan of both shows, I had reservations when the sketch started: recent “SNL” parodies of programs such as “The Walking Dead” and “Homeland” have missed core aspects of the show so badly that the mockery didn’t land at all. But […]

Why renewing “Parks And Recreation” may not be the best move for either NBC or the show itself

News broke today that NBC would be renewing “Parks And Recreation” for a seventh season. It’s a piece of news that’s somewhat surprising: “Parks” has never been high in the ratings, and it’s been perpetually on the chopping block. That has meant that Mike Schur and company have written what amounted to series finales at […]

Ryan Rates Fall TV, Part 2: Wednesday – Saturday

Yesterday, I started my two-part coverage of shows I watch on a weekly basis but rarely write about with any regularity. We left off on Tuesday, so let’s cover the rest of the week  now.

Why Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe leaving “Parks And Recreation” is an opportunity for the show

When word broke that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe would be leaving “Parks and Recreation” after this upcoming season’s thirteenth episode, I had two reactions. The first was shock. The second was relief. Now, let’s back up almost instantly here. That relief says nothing about Jones and Lowe, two talented performers that are pros at […]

“Parks and Recreation” Review: “Pawnee Commons”

When all is said and done, “Parks and Recreation” is going to make my year-end Top 10 list, and make it comfortably on there. When it’s on, it’s on like little else on TV, and Leslie Knope voting for herself in the season four finale was not only one of the best TV moments of […]

Breaking Recreation: When Donna Met Mike

Given the news that Jonathan Banks will join the cast of “Parks and Recreation,” I couldn’t help but imagine the combination of two of my favorite shows on TV right now. “Parks” plus “Breaking Bad”? The mind boggles. So with the help of my wife’s Photoshop skills, I present my theory as to the first […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan”: Sherlock and Recreation

Mo Ryan and I are back after a week off to discuss an upcoming premiere, one of TV’s best comedies, and double-dip on two of our weekly features. Sherlock 0:00 – 11:40 Parks and Recreation 11:40 – 25:50 Game of Thrones 25:50 -45:31 Mad Men  45:31 – End Music: “Building A Mystery,” Sarah McLachlan As […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan”: A Short Walk to Cougar Park

Mo Ryan and I are back, with four shows in this week’s edition. We talk about an upcoming HBO premiere, two shows that recently returned, and take a look at one of television’s strongest comedies. Time stamps: Life’s Too Short: 0:00 – 15:15 The Walking Dead: 15:15 – 30:18 Cougar Town: 30:18 – 47:18 Parks […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan”: “Homeland,” “Parks and Recreation,” and what 2012 holds in store

Mo Ryan and I are back, this time with two special returning guests. Todd VanDerWerff and Alyssa Rosenberg join us to discuss the first season of “Homeland,” the fourth season of “Parks and Recreations,” and issues related to the enjoyment of long-form televised narrative in general. No time breakdowns this week, as it’s a wide-ranging […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan” suggest some summer viewing

Mo Ryan and I are back, with an hour-long edition. Again. I know, we’re thrilled this didn’t turn out longer than “Lord of the Rings” as well. In this edition, we each offer up three shows you should catch up on this summer when programming isn’t as overwhelming as it is throughout the rest of […]