This just needs to be shouted from the rooftops. Parks and Recreation returns with its third season on January 20th, now Thursdays at 9:30pm where it finally gets The Office as a lead-in. This show was rocky in its abbreviated first season but really found its characters season two and was always such a treat every week. I’d probably say it was my favorite of NBC’s shows last year. At the end of last season the show added Adam Scott (Party Down) and Rob Lowe to the cast while Paul Schneider’s Mark Brendanowicz left, who was probably the weak link in terms of the characters. He was stuck being too much of the straight man and love interest without much to do on his own. Adam Scott’s character comes in to sort of replace that position as a foil and potential romantic partner for Leslie while having a good reason to be part of the main stories. Plus, Adam Scott is hilarious, so I think the show is in good hands for another season.
Another aspect I particularly love about Parks and Recreation is that its created a real feel for the city of Pawnee and a sense that the main characters actually inhabit a place where things happen even when they’re not around. The writers have created a nice stable of secondary characters like the public access talk show host, the journalist, various other government officials, etc. that is really nice.
Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta, and again returns to television on January 20th. Watch it.