Top 5 TV Shows Of 2013: Jesse's List
2013 has been a great year for television, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As TV Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in TV shows, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. This is Jesse's list, which begins with Parks and Recreation at #5.
5. Parks and RecreationEven though Parks and Recreation didn't have its best year - the show's 2011 was incredible, unbeatable even - it was still the best (live-action) comedy on television. We'll get into that bracketed qualifier in a few entries, now's the time to celebrate Michael Schur and Greg Daniels' sitcom that adopted the ever-popular mockumentary form to find big laughs in small-town politics. Well, lately the exploration of the absurd aspects of government has extended into 'big-towns' with the fifth and sixth seasons' talking trips to Washington and even overseas. Even with the occasional excisions out of Pawnee, Parks never lost sight of what makes the show so special: its unmatched ability to mine comedy out of warmth and positivity.
It's truly a feel-good comedy which is so rare on any medium, let alone the sitcom world which seems to be built on sarcastic (and superficial) characters looking for any chance to make the easy joke. That's not to say Parks is without conflict. The show brought in Jon Glaser's Councilman Jeremy Jamm to counter the overwhelmingly positive Leslie Knope (played by the incomparable Amy Poehler) and she even lost the recall election, however, all of these seemingly negative developments only serve to strengthen the core cast's incredible chemistry and push the series' positive point of view. 2013 wasn't the most solid stretch in the NBC comedy's arsenal (blame Chris Pratt becoming a movie star), but with episodes like (two-parter) "Emergency Response" and "Leslie and Ben" or "Animal Control," it's still far better than the rest.
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