Best Political TV Show: 'Madam Secretary' or 'Parks & Recreation'? | The Tylt
Best Political TV Show: 'Madam Secretary' or 'Parks & Recreation'?
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In "Madam Secretary," Téa Leoni plays a former CIA agent and current college professor who is drafted into service as the Secretary of State by her old friend, U.S. President Keith Carradine (err, "Conrad Dalton"). The whip-smart, plays-by-her-own-rules maverick hits some bumps as she transitions to the West Wing, but it's nothing she can't handle. The show has been running on CBS since 2014 and doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
While the casts of both "Designated Survivor" and "Madam Secretary" have that "Oh, that guy! I know that guy!" quality, "Madam Secretary" is the clear winner in terms of guest stars. In the most recent season premier, Leoni sought out assistance from former Secretaries of State Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton.
Both leads are reluctant to take on the mantles of power, but impervious to their corrupting power. Just listen to this ringing endorsement from President Keith Carradine in the pilot episode.
You quit a profession you love for ethical reasons. That makes you the least political person I know. You don’t just think outside the box. You don’t even know there is a box.
If you somehow hate joy and have never experienced the pure unbridled joy of "Parks and Recreation," here's the gist: the show follows the world's most diligent government employee, Leslie Knope, as she tries to make the world a slightly better place from her position as Deputy Director of the Pawnee Parks Department. She's surrounded by the best kooks on TV, including mustachioed libertarian Ron Swanson, dead-eyed April Ludgate, and Katherine Schwarzenegger's fiancé.
"Parks and Rec" is a dang hug, ok? It's the kindest show to ever be on TV. We know Mike Schur went on to create "The Good Place," which currently wears the mantle of Nicest TV Show, but when you watch "The Good Place" you have to think about death and morality and how terrifying an unending afterlife is. When you watch "Parks and Rec" you have to think about waffles and how cute Ben's butt is and the way Tom Haverford says Ginuwine.
Get out of here with your Hermione 2020 Etsy merchandise, Leslie Knope is the only fictional character I'd vote for for president.