NBC's Comedy Night Returns
Monday, January 24th, 2011
On Thursday January 20 NBC's comedy night returned with two additions: a new series, "Perfect Couples," and a long-awaited third season of "Parks and Recreation" (We've all missed Ron Swanson, admit it).
"Perfect Couples" airs in the time slot between "Community" and "The Office" and that's terrible. Maybe NBC knew that we'd all be sitting there wondering, "Is it worth it to change the channel?" for so long that we wouldn't bother. Maybe they thought that the "everyman" character, Dave, would be so similar that we'd just watch and think, "hey! I do that too!" Or maybe it was that the two creators of "Perfect Couples" are longtime successful sitcom veterans, Jon Pollack and Scott Silveri, who've produced such hits as "Friends" and "Mad About You" respectively, as well as the not so popular "Joey."
But what's wrong with "Perfect Couples" is that it's boring and has a weak premise: it's just about different relationships and how those couples approach being together. At least with romcoms we've got some reason to keep watching, these people are already couples. The one, semi-bright spot of the cast is Mary Elizabeth Ellis, or the "Waitress" from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Ellis is somewhat funny on this lackluster, attempting-to-be-screwball comedy. "Perfect Couples" is forgettable and will probably be cancelled pretty soon.
"Parks and Recreation", on the other hand, has come back strong. Leslie Knopp and the other parks department employees (and Ann) have welcomed two new full-time members to the cast, Chris Traeger, played by Rob Lowe, and Ben Wyatt, played by Adam Scott. While the parks department doesn't have that much work to do (budget cuts) they're still weird as hell. Reasons to watch the premiere: Ron Swanson and Andy coach a basketball little league team, Tom Haverford is a referee of said teams, jokes that actually make you laugh, hearing Rob Lowe say Ann Perkins at least twenty times within half an hour, and Amy Poehler rules. It's a well-written television show. Just watch the damn thing
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