Having escaped the off-season TV chopping block (again!), the terrific NBC comedy Parks and Recreation is back – thank God – for season 6, which we know going in will involve big changes. There’s a new time slot, plus the long-goodbye for two cast members, but the show marches on as one of the best comedies on TV. The season-opener sends Leslie and the gang to London. England.
Check below for the full review….
- Director: Dean Holland
- Writers: Michael Schur
- Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, and Chris Pratt, Nick Kroll, Alison Becker, Mo Collins, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Lawless
Episode Title: “London”
Leslie and the gang head to London. Chris and Ann have big news. Tom gets into a fashion feud that could hurt his new business.
- Cold Open: Boom! Season six begins with a blast of good comedy. Just the whole Ron-canoe thing during his proposal to Diane was awesome.
- All the Laughs: Jerry. Nipple-sucking. Pure comedy gold, my friends.
- Scotland: Seeing Ron discover the beauty of Scotland by land, boat and train was very cool. His montage enjoying whiskey at the Lagavulin distillery was well-done.
- Tom/Fonzi: Watching Henry Winkler guest star and work with Tom in their new fashion feud delivered some funny moments – especially when Jean-Ralphio and sis Mona Lisa are involved.
- Andy: Liking the Andy in London storyline. Not sure how much the show will feature Andy (is Chris Pratt shooting a film?), but it’s a plot that shakes things up. And isn’t April leaving for school?
- Donna: Even in small doses, she kills it. Funny. Simple as that.
- Ben: Fun watching him interact with Andy, plus it was hilarious when he said how important it was to him that Andy knows Hogwarts is fictional. Great moment.
- Best Line: Ron: “History began on July 4, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake.”
- Too Much: Part one of the hour-long premier was perfect. Part two, not as much. Still great, but things slowed a bit. Saved by every scene featuring Ron.
- Ann/Chris: Big plot moves ahead for the baby-expecting couple, but their storyline was just ok – until it veered into brilliance when Jerry showed up and did his thing.
Not sure the season premier demanded a super-sized edition, but the back-to-back episodes delivered all the laughter and charm one has come to expect from “Parks.” Not sure why Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) isn’t owning the Emmy for Supporting Actor these days, but whatever. What’s most refreshing about the season six debut is how strong the writing and acting continues to be. There has been no step back for the show, at least one episode into a new season. Maybe the new 8:00 pm time slot will attract a few extra viewers. If not, so be it. But anyone not at least checking out “Parks” is missing out on some damn good TV comedy.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?