outlaw

outlaw:

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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.

This is all true

  1. beatyourwings reblogged this from outlaw and added:
    Co-sign!
  2. deadboyslunch reblogged this from chicfilgay and added:
    op seems to be missing the part about the creators of parks wanting to have it a more positive, optimistic outlook than...
  3. chicfilgay reblogged this from outlaw and added:
    so… you’re upset that it’s a show about quirky, decent human beings? ok.
  4. rhizomefactory said: What I really appreciate about shows like The Office is how the characters are loveable in that they’re relatable, but it doesn’t make any bones about the fact that their lives are inherently sad. Totes agree that comedy doesn’t have to be sweet.
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