• Parks and Rec: Leslie chooses a fish for her campaign manager, Ben languishes in the ‘90s

    Last time we saw Candidate Knope, she was enveloped in the warm and fuzzy metaphorical embrace of her co-workers that sprouted directly from their construction of a gingerbread house (oh, Christmas, ye are but a distant memory). See, she had been dumped by her campaign managers because she was polling at 1% following her escandalo, and instead of letting her drop out of the race, the Parks and Rec crew

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    Portlandia season 2 premiere recap: “Mixology”

    All hail the return of the non-hipster-bashing Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, satirists of the twee and zeitgeist-y IRL and artisanal picklers, IPL who yes, can pickle that. Jewel cases, parking tickets, broken off heels: all pickleable. Let’s go have a cocktail. Skit 1: MINT. As a proud and well-beveraged Brooklynite, I have grown weary of fake Prohibitian-era bars that serve speakeasy-inspired cocktails made with locally-distilled gin and artisanal ice

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    Parks and Rec: Leslie endures an ethics trial, plus the triumphant return of Ethel Beavers

    Now that Leslie and Ben have decided to flaunt their love in the face of the world, they have to answer to the Pawnee Ethics Committee for all of those adorable nicknames and amazing back rubs. How unpleasant. Plus, Ron learns about Google Street View (he’s so very unhappy about it), and we learn about Parks Department relic Ethel Beavers’ sideline gig. Always knew there was something shady going on

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    Parks and Recreation: Andy goes to college and Leslie and Ben make out in public

    Improvements abound this week, as Leslie and Ben make a new park, Chris orders up a new Parks Department logo, and Andy embarks on a quest for personal betterment that would make Chris proud and Ron Swanson give up all his gold. Plus, some public sexiness takes place on government property under the cover of night. Leslie is ideating for a new awe-inspiring park, a phoenix that will rise from

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    Parks and Recreation: Leslie, the Moon and all of Finland’s Lions are at War with Peru

    I never did Model U.N. I was too busy working through a smooth jazz alto sax solo in Jazz band. I was really cool and popular in high school, see (cough). And Leslie Knope (like Amy Poehler herself) was that goodie-goodie heading up the Model U.N. security council. Though I know how to wet a reed, I, to this day, have no idea where Liechtenstein is. So, when the Pawnee

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    Parks and Recreation: It’s the end of the world and Tom Haverford’s dream dies– but it’s super fun!

    A guy sporting a white bowl haircut arrives at City Hall proselytizing the end of the world. Zorp is on the move, and Herb and his fellow cult members are planning an all-night vigil to witness the end of days. And they need a park permit. Ben and Leslie are on it. Leslie is thrilled to be working closely with Ben. But Ben thinks it’s still weird between them. Right?

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    Halloween on Parks and Rec: Mail Order Divas, Sherlock Traeger and Leslie’s campaign suffers

    April and Andy are throwing an epic Halloween party. What are you going to be? Eggplant’s already taken. Or are you going instead to Leslie Knope’s Meet ‘N’ Greet featuring the Entertainment 720 Mail Order Divas and mobile hot tub? Either way, get a (professional) haircut and get ready to par-tay. Leslie’s receiving PR tips from Entertainment 720’s own King of Self-Promotion, Tom Haverford. This is in preparation for the

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    Julie Klausner welcomes Paul F. Tompkins, Fred Armisen, cats and more to live podcast taping

    If you showed up at the Bell House in Brooklyn last night for the live taping of writer and comedienne Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? podcast expecting Teddy Leo, cat photos, the JCPenney Facebook page, drunk Maya Angelou, the most hated man on Billy Eichner’s iPod (aka, Chubby Checker), a taped bit starring Jackée, and a spirited discussion of who should be cast in the all-black remake of Steel

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    Watch the Sanitation Twins in Portlandia’s first promo for season two

    Over the weekend at New York Comic Con, Portlandia star Fred Armisen shared with an audience of crazy-ass costumed geeks an exclusive clip from the upcoming second season. Meet the Sanitation Twins, and your new rainbow of recycling receptacles that will receive your discarded lotion (and lotion bottles), fingernail clippings, trophies, broken umbrellas, and broken hearts, and change them into clean air and good vibes. Season 2 of Portlandia premieres

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    Parks and Recreation tackles Feminism and the Great Outdoors

    Gather ‘round wee Swanson wannabes of Pawnee: Big Ron and Brother Nature want to take you on a thrilling journey into the Great Outdoors to learn how not to be killed or die. You’ll get lukewarm beans. Just remember: Be a Man. Ron Swanson, naturally, is the troop leader of the Pawnee Rangers, a Parks Department program for young men. And young men only. So, naturally, Leslie Knope started her

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    Parks and Recreation recap: Leslie Knope is prouder than ever

    News item #1: Ron’s mustache is back! News item #2: City Council candidate Leslie Knope has written a book! It’s called Pawnee: The Greatest Town In America and she is promoting the everloving crap out of it. Let’s hop onto the book tour heard ‘round the world. (Or something. Whatever, it has something to do with Paul Revere.) Leslie passes out signed copies of her opus to her workmates, followed

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    Parks and Recreation recap: “I’m Leslie Knope”

    The new season of Parks and Recreation premiered last night and, oh, what fun we had. And we found out so many things! So grab your go-bag and hightail it out of wherever you are and enter a world of municipal hijinks, dong shots, and big, abstract dreams. At Li’l Sebastian’s memorial service, Leslie and Ann yay-squee over her having been approached by the Pawnee city council candidate search committee.

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    Interview with Retta, aka, Parks and Recreation’s Donna, aka, the Incognegro

    How many pharmaceutical researchers with pre-med degrees from Duke have gone on to a career in stand-up? You can count them on one finger—Retta, who delivers the sass as Donna Meagle, pro-dater, Benz-lover, and stalwart employee of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department. Originally from New Jersey, Retta worked as a contractor for GlaxoSmithKline in North Carolina until she embarked on a stand-up career to prevent her soul from dying.

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    Parks and Recreation recap: “Li’l Sebastian” (season finale, part 1)

    Jean-Ralphio and Tom are scheming. They want to start a new exclusive high-end entertainment/events production conglomerate. It’s called 720 Productions–because they’ll go around the world twice for their clients. I’ll give you a moment to clean up the vom before I continue. Ready? Okay. Leslie announces to the crew that Pawnee’s most beloved star, human or equine, Li’l Sebastian (the mini-horse from “Harvest Festival”), has died. The City Hall flag

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    Parks and Recreation recap: “The Fight”

    Parks and Recreation went down last night in two parts and in the first episode, everybody got bombed on Snake Juice, had cry-fights, and redefined the term “hangover.” And that Snake Juice sure has a dope aftertaste. And it’s 140 proof and features caffeine. Bottoms up! Intrepid entrepreneur in the bombdiggity business Tom Haverford needs all ya’ll at the Snakehole tonight to guerilla market the hell out of his new

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