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The Office vs Parks and Rec: The Ultimate TV Showdown
November 29, 2018
Is Parks and Rec or The Office a better show? Read this crossfire and see which side you agree with.
The Office is Better All Around
The Office is based around the everyday lives of paper salespeople that are kept interesting as the characters’ extreme personalities butt heads. Five-time Emmy award winning mockumentary The Office has no competition. I believe that Imitations like Parks & Rec just cannot compare to the chemistry and wholesomeness that the show has to offer. The thirteen-year-old sitcom is still a fan favorite in the lens of comedy show lovers around the world. It is clear throughout all nine seasons that the actors pour everything they have into the show.; the episodes are mostly directed by the actors themselves. Following the real work environment theme the show is based on, the actors and directors actually studied real-life office spaces.
I believe that The Office is at the top of its totem pole and has no signs of stepping down. The show’s likable characters drive comedy show lovers into the void that is binge-watching multiple seasons of The Office without actually realizing it. Personas like Michael Scott, for example, have an intriguing personality. While Michael would be looked at as a terrible boss in the real world you can’t stop yourself from liking him. Junior Karson Henry is an avid watcher who commented on the subject “There just isn’t any personality in Parks & Rec that compares to the ones in The Office,” she said. Throughout all nine seasons, the growing family of characters shows development and change, big or small. Within a span of episodes, a character will change position in the workplace or to completely leave for as long as a few seasons, and this allows the show to be spiced up and keeps the ball rolling. The important thing to bear in mind when making these changes to a characters well-being and role is maintaining the lovable personality that they were originally introduced with and The Office hammers this nail right on the head. Another problem with Parks and Rec is that I do not see character development. While in the first few seasons you see a change, some characters literally disappear without explanation and the ones that are still present have little background information. As you move on throughout the shows seven seasons the characters grow stale compared to its competitor. While both shows are extremely enjoyable to watch, I believe that The Office is the better of the two strictly because of the dynamic characters.
Parks and Rec is Far Superior
We all know the heated debate. Everyone who has heard of the shows The Office and Parks and Recreation undoubtedly has an opinion over which one is better. While some appreciate the awkward, and sometimes even dark, humor that The Office encompasses, Parks and Recreation offers humor that everyone can appreciate. Those that do not agree with me have most likely never given the show a genuine chance.
Parks and Rec is a show that follows and documents the lives of people working in the Parks Department of City Hall in a place called Pawnee, Indiana. Each character has their own unique persona. Leslie Knope being hardworking and quirky, Ron Swanson being rough and severely libertarian, and so on. Each character has a nature in which almost all of its viewers can relate to, as they all cover a wide variety of personalities.
Do not get me wrong, The Office is great. In fact, it was my absolute favorite show for many years. Parks and Rec served as an alternative form of entertainment for me when I needed a break from The Office. Though now, I have come to realize that Parks and Rec has so much more to offer its audience than its opponent. While I myself personally enjoy some crude humor from time to time like that in The Office, others may not. Parks and Rec has humor that anyone can laugh at and not feel bad about doing so. In fact, many of its episodes’ premises revolve around real-world issues all people can relate to and enjoy, rather than cringe at. The show portrays certain political and social issues, both current and in history, in a light, humorous way in which all people can laugh at. The Office has many ill-mannered jokes on the topic of race, weight, and gender that many viewers may find insensitive. None of Parks and Rec’s humor involves insulting others based on these characteristics.
With all that being said, Parks and Rec is also just incredibly funny. No matter whether someone enjoys crude humor or light, “Parks and Recreation” includes both. Senior Hanaa Falous said, “I like Parks and Rec because you have to have a certain humor to find shows like it entertaining. It’s one of those shows you can watch over and over again at any time and still laugh.” For those who disagree, I suggest they stop whatever they are doing and give the show a real try.
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