The state of comedy on television is at its lowest ebb in my life time. It’s odd, given that television drama is in a golden age, that TV comedies are so mediocre that I can’t even think of one that’s worth watching. Parks and Recreation was originally conceived as a spin-off of The Office, though the only thing the shows shared was the documentary-style format. Though The Office plunged in quality at the end of its run, Parks & Rec stayed stellar through all its seven seasons on NBC, during which it was criminally ignored by the Emmys.
The show’s breakout character was Nick Offerman’s government-hating Ron Swanson….who was the Director of Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks & Recreation Department. From having his meetings scheduled on fictional dates, to his “Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness”, to his red meat only diet, and manliest mustache since Tom Selleck, the awesomeness of Ron cannot be captured in a single scene (which is why there’s a half-hour montage below). However, if forced to encapsulate his character’s attitude toward dealing with the citizens of Pawnee, it would have to be “The Bubble”. In the show’s third season, Pawnee gets a new City Manager in Rob Lowe’s extremely upbeat Chris Traeger. He feels the department heads should be more accessible to the citizens, so a horrified Ron is dragged from his cavern-like office into a circular desk in the center of the department’s lobby. Ron responds with…the swivel-chair.