May 07 2012
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why Parks & Recreation constantly irritates me despite its undeniable comedy chops

Parks & Recreation constantly irritates me, despite its undeniable comedy chops, because the character breakdown of the show goes pretty much like this, every week:

Leslie seems nutty and high-strung, but she’s really a sweetheart.

Ron seems like a principled loner who just wants to be left alone and eat breakfast meat, but he’s really a sweetheart.

Tom seems like a delusional pest and a poseur, but he’s really a sweetheart.

Chris seems creepily intense, but he’s really a sweetheart.

Andy seems like an idiot, but he’s really a sweetheart.

April seems like a sullen misanthrope, but she’s really a sweetheart.

Ben seems like an uptight dork, but he’s really a sweetheart.

Ann seems like a sweetheart, but she’s really a sweetheart.

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This reversal stopped meaning anything a long time ago. AND COMEDY DOESN’T NEED TO BE SWEET.