5 Reasons ‘Parks and Recreation’ Ruined My Life…

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBC)

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBC)

There are many reasons why Parks and Recreation has affected my life. I can no longer stand shows with laugh tracks… I make faces at a nonexistent camera when someone around me does something questionable… I’ve taken up asking people for all the bacon and eggs they have… but all of that is beside the point. Parks and Recreation has ruined my life and here are the five reasons why:

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5 Television characters I wish I was friends with…

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

I love my television friends. Wait, what? Am I really calling those fictional characters friends? Yes I am, and I’m not even ashamed of it. Think about it: why do we love television series? We like them because we recognize ourselves and our own lives in them, we like them because they’re great entertainment, we like them because they make us laugh and cry, we like them because they’re a way of escapism. But we LOVE them because we feel a strong bond with the characters. The characters become our friends. That’s why we are devastated when one of our favorite TV shows has come to an end: our friends are taken away from us. Luckily, we are able to watch series again and again which gives us the opportunity to fan the fire of our fictional friendships.

Below you can find my list of “TV characters I wish I were friends with” and why this is the case…

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5 Best Halloween Episodes of TV Shows

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBCUniversal Media)

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBCUniversal Media)

When I get my own TV show, I’m writing a Halloween episode every year, not only because I live and breathe Halloween but because, surprisingly, not a lot of shows do a Halloween episode. Then sometimes when shows do have Halloween episodes, the spooky holiday ends up being only a background element in the story. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why We’ll Miss ‘Parks and Recreation’

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBC)

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBC)

When they announced season seven would Parks and Recreation’s final season, I was upset. I love this show. I love these characters. I love watching it every week, and I’m going to miss Parks and Recreation when it’s gone. The one thing I’m thankful for in all of this is that the show was given the chance to go out with a bang since they knew going in that this would be their final season, and if you haven’t been watching season seven, you are definitely missing out! Continue reading

TV Series Holiday Specials: The Best of Fake Beards and Itchy Sweaters!

THE OC (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

THE OC (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

I’m a sucker for Christmas and the Holiday spirit. Each year, this time of year, I’m the happiest girl alive. Christmas fairs, hot cocoa, sledding, Christmas presents, tree decorations, fireworks, snow ball fights, making snow puppets, resolutions, Christmas music, good food, happy people, and basically everything else associated with the holidays season can count on my enthusiasm. Therefore, I absolutely love Christmas and New Year’s TV specials. I think they bring out the best in TV series. Sure, they’re often over the top cliché and kitschy, but who doesn’t secretly love drama, merry Christmas songs, and kissing in the snow. Who doesn’t want to see some of our TV families living up to good old Christmas and New Year’s values such as forgiveness, resolutions, and peace? Who doesn’t love the coziness of the Christmas tree standing tall and proud next to the fireplace? Who doesn’t love wearing woolly Christmas sweaters and being thrilled because you can finally unwrap your Christmas gifts. I admit I do. And to convince you, I’ll share my list of marvelous Christmas and New Year’s specials with you. I’m not saying that these are my all-time favorite TV shows, but they do have great Christmas/Holidays episodes and these days, that counts for something! For those who’re not to be convinced: haters gonna hate… Continue reading

5 Fictional Towns I Wish I Could Visit

Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt in PARKS & RECREATION (Image Credit: NBC)

Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt in PARKS & RECREATION (Image Credit: NBC)

Some people love their hometowns. Others (myself included) have always dreamed of going somewhere else. But either way, we can all appreciate the fictional towns that somehow manage to be both cozy and happening, both small and large, both comfortable and exciting. Here are 5 fictional towns that I’d love to live in, or at least visit for a few days!

Stars Hollow, CT (Gilmore Girls)

I don’t think it’s possible to have a list of amazing fictional towns without putting Stars Hollow at the top.  It’s a perfectly imagined small town, filled with quirky residents who are always in each other’s business (but in a good way!). Stars Hollow supports a variety of unique small businesses, including Al’s Pancake World (which doesn’t sell pancakes), the Black, White and Read bookshop (which shows old black and white movies) and of course Luke’s Diner, the Gilmore Girls’ favorite place for coffee and burgers. The people are what really make Stars Hollow. From everyone’s favorite job-hopping weirdo Kirk to grumpy mechanic Gypsy, every character brings something interesting to the town and often the small scenes with the Stars Hollow townies are the funniest, most endearing parts of the show.

Stars Hollow in THE GILMORE GIRLS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Stars Hollow in THE GILMORE GIRLS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Rosewood, PA (Pretty Little Liars)

Okay, so Rosewood has some issues – a weirdly large amount of young adults are murdered there and the cops are totally worthless, but for Rosewood residents not somehow involved in the mysterious death of a teenage girl, it seems like a pretty darn nice place to live. Apparently it’s close to Philadelphia, so it’s easy to hit up some big city attractions while keeping things simple at home. Plus it seems to always be summer or fall in Rosewood, which is a definite bonus to living there. And everyone in that town is just so photogenic!

Stoneybrook, CT (The Baby-Sitters Club)

Avid BSC readers know that Stoneybrook has got it goin’ on. The town is big enough to have everything you need – Pizza Express and Donut Express for junk food, Bellair’s department store, and a Main Street movie theater…plus NYC is just an hour away, and Stamford is a few exits down the expressway. But Stoneybrook is also small enough to be pretty safe and cozy. I mean, it must be if parents are both letting their middle school girls baby-sit for strangers and, on the other side of the coin, letting random middle school girls baby-sit for their small children.

Rosewood in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Image Credit: ABCFamily)

Rosewood in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Image Credit: ABCFamily)

Pawnee, IN (Parks and Recreation)

Do you love miniature horses? Are you a fan of sweets, soda, and burgers? Do you like local music and harassing city officials? Then Pawnee is the place for you! Pawnee is home to some awesome corporations including Sweetums (so you’ll never have to look far for delicious candy) and Paunch Burger (which I assume is the Pawnee equivalent to Whataburger, since Whataburger definitely makes me feel paunchy).  On top of that, Pawnee has dedicated city council members like Leslie Knope who always try to do what’s best for the town, and they put together some pretty awesome events – including a memorial for a beloved local miniature horse, Lil’ Sebastian. I love any town that cares that much about a horse!

Colby, NC (Sarah Dessen novels)

All of Sarah Dessen’s novels take place within the same fictional universe, often featuring the beach town of Colby. Colby is a small town that is inundated with tourists over the summer, and it is a grand example of the type of town we all wish still existed but probably doesn’t. Colby doesn’t really have any chain stores, everything is a small local business – like the Last Chance Café, Clementine’s Boutique, and even the Gas/Gro convenience store. Despite being a small town where everyone pretty much knows each other, there’s still plenty to do and new people to meet over the summer. Colby is sort of like if Stars Hollow was on a beach, and everyone was about 70% less quirky – which is to say it is likely the slightly more relaxing alternative!

What have I learned from this list? I apparently need to visit the east coast sometime. I’ve only been east of the Mississippi river to visit Disney World, yet that’s where all of my favorite fictional towns are located. Still, it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll find anything quite like Stars Hollow or Pawnee!

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Eight Empowered Female Television Characters

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

By now, you all probably know that I love TV shows and that some of the characters on these shows are my fictional friends. Well, a girl doesn’t only need fictional friends. She also needs fictional heroines to look up to. That’s why I made a list of eight empowered fictional women on TV. Girls just wanna have fun? Sure, but some girls aim higher, and that’s awesome.  Continue reading

The Top 5 TV Characters We Love to Hate!

Lea Michele as Rachel (Image Credit Adam Rose/FOX)

Lea Michele as Rachel (Image Credit Adam Rose/FOX)

I can think of very few shows on television that do not have at least one character I despise. Sometimes it’s because the writers have obviously designated a character for everyone to hate on. Other times, I have one I personally can’t stand (I’m thinking Penny from Big Bang Theory). Here’s a list of some characters I think we can all agree we love to hate. Continue reading

The 5 Best (Current) Television Couples 2013

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert in THE OFFICE (Image Credit: NB)

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert in THE OFFICE (Image Credit: NB)

Summertime means wrapping up finales of some shows (like Glee), and saying hello to premiere episodes for others (like the revived Arrested Development). Whether you’re gearing up for your favorite show or winding down, aren’t we all waiting to see what’s next for our favorite TV couples? So as we transition between spring and summer series, here’s a list of the best couple to keep in mind. Continue reading

5 Television characters I wish I was friends with…

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

I love my television friends. Wait, what? Am I really calling those fictional characters friends? Yes I am, and I’m not even ashamed of it. Think about it: why do we love television series? We like them because we recognize ourselves and our own lives in them, we like them because they’re great entertainment, we like them because they make us laugh and cry, we like them because they’re a way of escapism. But we LOVE them because we feel a strong bond with the characters. The characters become our friends. That’s why we are devastated when one of our favorite TV shows has come to an end: our friends are taken away from us. Luckily, we are able to watch series again and again which gives us the opportunity to fan the fire of our fictional friendships.

Below you can find my list of “TV characters I wish I were friends with” and why this is the case…

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5 Reasons…I Can’t Wait for Fall TV!

After a long summer of nothing but reality TV shows and Netflix, it’s finally time for the new fall TV season! As much as I love Dance Moms, I’m looking forward to seeing some scripted TV. Several of my favorite shows are returning with new seasons this fall, and there are a few promising debut shows as well. Here are the 5 biggest reasons I’ll be a slave to my DVR for the next few months. Continue reading

5 Reasons ‘Parks and Recreation’ Ruined My Life…

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

There are many reasons why Parks and Recreation has affected my life. I can no longer stand shows with laugh tracks… I make faces at a nonexistent camera when someone around me does something questionable… I’ve taken up asking people for all the bacon and eggs they have… but all of that is beside the point. Parks and Recreation has ruined my life and here are the five reasons why:

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