Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'Parks & Recreation'? | The Tylt
Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'Parks & Recreation'?
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If you don't know at least part of the plot of "Scandal" I don't know where you've been living for the last six years, but I sure would like to go there! The show started as a saucy political thriller starring Olivia Pope, master coat-wearer and D.C. fixer. A senator's idiot son accidentally killed someone in a frat hazing ritual? Call Olivia! Found a manilla envelope of photos of yourself getting a little late night briefing from someone who isn't your spouse? Call Olivia! Also, she was boning the married President of the United States!
But then we had to add subplots about Olivia's super spy parents and Scott Foley played a sort of bad guy and the writers thought B6-13 was more fun than just watching Kerry Washington wear coats, which it is not. Ugh, B6-13! I cannot muster the energy to care! Papa Pope can miss me with those dumbass speeches!
Oh well, if we have learned anything from years of watching "Grey's Anatomy," it's that nothing in Shondaland lasts except for horrible toxic relationships between incredibly competent, inspirational women and egomaniacal, overprotective men.
I wish Whoopie Goldberg's character from "Ghost" could pop in and tell Olivia to drop Fitz, a.k.a. Patrick Swayze's horrible friend who gets him murdered, like he's hot. Which he's not.
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.