FYI - Party Down reruns are on Esquire network now… In case you aren’t getting your fix of these two from Parks & Rec and Masters of Sex.
Parks and Recreation
Similarities: Vast invented world; battles of good, evil and in between; occasional cute dog sightings
Though we love ourselves some Parks & Rec and would try to convince anyone to watch it, the sitcom really does lend itself to viewers who love watching a universe unfold before their eyes. There’s also a ton of GoT references in the show, and while just about every series from Castleto Bunheads can say the same, we’re partial to the ones they make here.
Pressed for Time?: Up for a marathon? Start with Season 2. Skeptical, but in it for the Winterfell jokes? Treat yo self to Season 4’s "Pawnee Rangers" and see if that doesn’t persuade you.
Scott: I feel like Ben was betrayed by calzones — but as you know when you’re betrayed there’s a period of shame and then there’s always forgiveness. I don’t want to predict anything or spoil anything. But I know that forgiveness is something that’s always possibility.
Poehler: I’d like to just point out that Ben is so codependent about his calzones that he often puts his calzones before his work and his friends and his family. And a lot of people are worried. Yes, it’s like, enough’s enough. How many times does a calzone have to disappoint you before you let it go? Like, stop worrying about the calzone’s feelings and like just live your life, man.
Schur: I would only add and emulsify to Amy has said by saying that I think that Leslie and Ben’s bond is so strong and they’re so right for each other, that I don’t think any other man or woman could ever cause any irreparable harm in their marriage. But I do think that what could is the calzone issue. I think that it’s possible down the line that that could be a wedge that comes — that drives them apart. I don’t know. I mean, this is all speculation. But it’s the two things that Ben cares about most in the world and feels the most intensely about are Leslie and pizza wrapped in pastry dough.
Ben, Chris, Ron and Tom: B+
I appreciate that the best of the wedding stuff we’ve seen so far is from Ben’s perspective, since it gives him something to do while Leslie balances the rest of her life — though, I would like to see at least one day of Ben at his new collection of jobs. In any case, the food poisoning was hilarious and extremely satisfying, what with the calzone thread coming back up, the decision to have JJ’s Diner cater the wedding of the millennium and the scene with Ben dialing Tom’s extension via his face. And I love that Tom considers himself a “foodie” because he Instagrams pictures of food, as well as the way that Ron pronounced “toilet bowl.” Oh, and I guess Chris and Shauna are still seeing each other? Sure, why not?