This week, I thought it would be fun to talk about two of the most popular Netflix comedies, that many have deemed binge-worthy: The Office and Parks and Recreation. Both series are fictional documentaries- mockumentaries, if you will- revolving around a workplace with insane situations and ridiculous employees. Also, the two shows have a cast of comedians who make the typically boring location they are set in so significant to the fans. Ultimately, The Office and Parks and Recreation are both well done shows that have greatly succeeded, which has caused an everlasting debates between their two fan bases: which show is better?
Let’s start with The Office. This series follows the lives of the employees working for a paper company called Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The branch’s manager, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) always has good intentions but makes everything awkward and bad with his interferences and inappropriate actions/comments. His right-hand-man, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is possibly the strangest character I’ve ever seen in my life. He is extremely serious about everything he does (including his job, his beet farm, and his volunteer sheriff duty.) He is also the target of Jim Halpert’s (John Krasinski) pranks, which make Jim and his love interest Pam (Jenna Fischer) have fun in the office and contributes to the show’s comedic feel. Other characters include the sarcastic Stanley (Leslie David Baker,) soft-spoken Phyllis (Phyllis Smith,) and Andy Bernard (Ed Helms,) who is stuck in his college days. As the nine seasons go by, there are people that come and go, relationships that form and dissolve, and several other tactics that contribute to an amazing series finale and overall fantastic show.
Parks and Recreation is also noted as a feel-good show in its series entirety. The show’s main character is Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler,) an extremely dedicated Parks and Recreation Director of Pawnee, Indiana. She blatantly outshines her less-than enthusiastic coworkers such as Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman,) who has a pure hatred for the government. Perhaps the least enthusiastic is April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza.) She is extremely morbid and negative, being the complete opposite of her love interest, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt,) a goofy yet goodhearted guy who somehow keeps his job. Along with the egotistical Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari,) materialistic Donna (Retta,) unanimously unliked yet sweet Jerry (Jim O’Heir,) and Leslie’s love interest Ben (Adam Scott,) the parks department serves the ungrateful Pawnee and it’s several issues. Every episode in this series is hilarious and leads to its deserving success.
Now, for what each show excels in. In my opinion, Parks and Recreation has an overall better character development. The Office does well in this with Jim and Pam’s relationship, but Parks and Recreation has advancements for everyone and shows their “happily ever afters.” I personally really liked seeing how everything worked out, as it was satisfying compared to other shows that leave it up in the air as to what happens. Parks and Recreation also isn’t as awkward as The Office. There are some seriously cringeworthy episodes of The Office (and yes, I am referring to ‘Scott’s Tots,’) whereas Parks and Recreation is always funny. This doesn’t mean that The Office hasn’t been completely hilarious, because it sure has! The Office is far more iconic than Parks and Recreation, as its humor is brilliant and never gets old. It also is in a more boring setting, which makes the employees’ nonsense even funnier. Parks and Recreation is a more adventurous job, so their situations are almost more expected. However, both shows have an abundance to offer, and both are binge-worthy.
So, tell me what you think! If you’ve seen both shows, or just one, or which you’d be the most interested in, let me know and we’ll see what’s more popular!