Amy Poehler

The Low-Key Radicalism of Leslie Knope’s Nonexistent Motherhood Storyline

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

I’ve always wanted Leslie Knope to be happy. She is a better person than I am — a better person, perhaps, than it is possible for anyone who lives outside the unlikely utopia of fictional Pawnee, Indiana to be. But by the time Leslie’s Season 5 marriage to Ben Wyatt and particularly last year’s revelation that she was pregnant came around, I (like A.V. Club’s Libby Hill) was too sick of seeing pop culture’s powerful women forced to “have it all” to be thrilled for her. Instead, I thought, somewhat unfairly, “Another one bites the dust.” What Parks and Recreation has done with the character since the end of last season, though, has made me reconsider. … Read More

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The Pleasures of Watching Ron Swanson Evolve

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

Any look back at the evolution of Parks and Recreation will reveal that the character of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the do-nothing libertarian boss of the show’s idealistic lead, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), was originally written as a villain. If Leslie was all hope and faith in politics and the ability to make a difference in the world, Ron was both a vocal opponent and the ultimate example of government bloat — a man committed to making sure that nothing ever got accomplished. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 7 Episodes 10 and 11 Recap: “The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show” and “Two Funerals”

This week’s first episode of Parks and Rec is not, actually, an episode of Parks and Rec. It’s the final showing of Andy Dwyer’s masterpiece, the last appearance of the role he was born to play: Johnny Karate, the hyperactive kids’ show host we never knew our childhood was missing. The episode has no real plot beyond paying tribute to Andy. It is, however, one of the more visually interesting episodes Parks has pulled off recently, with shades of Community‘s many genre drag moments and even the lo-fi public access feel of Tim & Eric, albeit much more kid friendly. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: “Donna and Joe”

Even with the plotline centered around Donna’s wedding, the season seven midpoint of Parks and Recreation was action-packed for more than just the Meagles. Jen Barkley shows up and goads Ben into running for Congress. Tom and Lucy take a leap, even after Ron inadvertently screws it up. We finally get a good look at Leslie and Ben’s kids, with Rachel Dratch (!!!) as their overwhelmed nanny, Roz. It’s revealed that Jerry/Larry/Terry is actually named Gary (please say this marks the end of this joke). Questlove shows up as Donna’s estranged baby brother, Levondrius, and smashes a vintage microwave on the dance floor, giving Donna the touch of drama she craved for her wedding. Truly, “Donna and Joe” had it all. … Read More

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‘Broad City’ to Sleater-Kinney: “We Could Not Be a Show Without You Guys”

A true meeting of the feminist minds took place Friday night in the dimly lit basement of New York’s Ace Hotel, when Broad City duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer joked about “vag badges” with Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss. To celebrate a great couple of weeks for lovers of woman-powered pop culture — namely, the premiere of Broad City‘s second season last week and tomorrow’s release of Sleater-Kinney’s powerful new album No Cities to Love — NPR got the ladies in a room for a group interview led by Glazer and Jacobson. It was nothing short of inspiring. … Read More

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From ‘Broad City’ to Fey and Poehler: When Female Comedians Tell Rape Jokes

“Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them,” goes the famous and profound quote attributed to Margaret Atwood. But what to make of a situation in which women artists, by acting like men, are trying to make us laugh at the threat men pose to women? … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 7 Premiere Recap: “2017” and “Ron and Jammy”

Time jumps on television are a tricky thing to master, and I’d say that it gets even trickier when it’s thrown in at the end of the sixth season of an established half-hour sitcom. While I was grateful for Parks and Recreation‘s surprising twist at the end of last season’s finale (mostly because it meant no stereotypical pregnancy sitcom silliness), I was still a bit anxious about how the series would handle it. Of course, this worry was pointless — it’s Parks and Recreation after all, one of the most consistently hilarious comedies on network television. The season premiere did not disappoint.  … Read More

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Watch Janet Mock and Film Editor Jason Bailey Discuss the Golden Globes

Wherein we shamelessly plug this panel discussion on All In with Chris Hayes, which includes film editor Jason Bailey, Jezebel managing editor… Read More

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