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ZHawkeye

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Parks and Recreation -- libertarian TV show?
« on: October 23, 2009, 09:45:32 AM »

Has anyone else been watching Parks and Recreation on NBC? The second season has gotten way better than the first. It's hilarious, and it's full of government jabbing. I'd go as far as saying it leans libertarian, or at the very least, it does a good job of pointing out what a joke local gov't is.

The main character takes her role in gov't seriously to that extreme (a big joke), and then many other characters who take it to the other extreme. The cop is a dope, the Parks projects are ludicrous, and I love the way they ridicule the bureaucracy. For instance, this pit has needed filled in for a season and a half, but there's too much red tape to get it done anytime soon. There's a messy whiteboard with everything that "has to be done" before the pit's filled in. Then, there's this big revelation when Mark says that if Leslie really wants the pit filled in, why doesn't she just -- oh my god -- rent a bull dozer and fill it in herself?

Is anyone else watching this? Am I projecting my views onto this show?
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Re: Parks and Recreation -- libertarian TV show?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 12:50:30 PM »

Is anyone else watching this? Am I projecting my views onto this show?


you might be right, but I don't like the premise of the show if only for the fact that it seems like NBC was like, "HOLY SHIT The Office was a slam dunk.  Why don't we make another $how just like it?  We'll just switch around the characters and change the settings and stuff!"

 and it just seems like a cheap production to me for that reason.
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Re: Parks and Recreation -- libertarian TV show?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 01:15:53 PM »

Shaky cam.
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Re: Parks and Recreation -- libertarian TV show?
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009, 12:02:36 AM »

With a few exceptions, I avoid watching shows that are still airing.  It's best to watch a show a few years after it's been canceled - that way you can better assess if it's worth watching, download all episodes at once, have access to plenty of fan resources if you want to look something up, and so on.  It just feels somehow degrading to wait a week for a new episode to come out...
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Re: Parks and Recreation -- libertarian TV show?
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 11:07:56 AM »

I've been watching it, and I agree.  The second season is significantly better and there is definitely a theme of government incompetence.  I wouldn't say it's really explicitly libertarian-leaning.  After all, The Office portrays private sector incompetence and Parks and Recreation is obviously a copy like all the CSI's, Law & Orders, and now the two NCIS's.  I think my favorite character is the boss, probably for obvious reasons.
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