‘Parks and Recreation’ adds another comedy element by jumping to 2017

"Parks and Recreation" (7 p.m. Central Tuesdays on NBC) isn't the first show to do a time-jump. Off the top of my head, "Dawson's Creek" jumped ahead three years for its final episode, "24" sprang forward a few times in order to have new presidents and new technology, and "Fargo" did a beefed-up "one year later" coda in its first season.

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First episode impressions: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 5

"Parks and Recreation" (8:30 p.m. Central Thursdays, NBC) started off its fifth season this week with an episode that was ambitious in terms of setting (Washington, D.C.) and casting (a few Senatorial cameos), but also stayed in its comfort zone.

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Ron Swanson: TV’s greatest libertarian character ever?

Since I'm venturing into politics with this post (which will eventually be about television), I'll admit my bias up front: I'll be voting for the Libertarian Party ticket of Johnson-Gray in November. But I think anyone who's been paying attention knows that the growing distrust of Big Government, Big Spending and Big War is the noteworthy political development of 2012 (with its roots in 2008, when Ron Paul first ran for the Republican nomination).

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Five buzzworthy season finales

It's that time of year when summer movies start to steal the headlines from TV, but boob-tube fans have one last gasp, at least: The May season finales. Due to the evolving TV calendar, it's not as jam-packed of a month as it used to be; "Parenthood," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "Ringer" and "The Walking Dead" had their finales in previous months, while "The Killing" and "The L.A. Complex" will run well into the summer.

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First episode impressions: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 4

"Parks and Recreation" (7:30 p.m. Central Thursdays on NBC) is my pick for best network comedy. It still ranks fourth on my overall list because while cable shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Futurama" seem to have no restraints on what they can do, "Parks" is still slightly boxed in by the network sitcom mold.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ and refreshingly sunny people

I've tried to stick with "The Office," but I'm just not laughing lately. I thought the show was funny and somewhat original (although it spun off from the British version, it developed an American voice) when it premiered, but now it strikes me as depressing and tired. Another Matt introduced me to an alternative, though: "Parks and Recreation," of which I recently watched the last five episodes of Season 2 on Hulu.

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