The Office v. Parks and Rec

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Madison Hanson, Writer

The Office pilot Episode

Introduction of characters:

Michael:

  • Comes off as rude and racist
  • Seems insecure and lonely
  • Narcissistic
  • Mega annoying

Jim:

  • Bored
  • Hates his job

Jan

  • Normal business lady
  • Annoyed with Michael

Pam

  • Sad
  • Definitely doesn’t seem happy with her life

Angela

  • Not even really thought of a character
  • Definitely more of an extra than an actual main

Dwight

  • Somehow seems more crazy in the earlier seasons than later on

Overall vibes:

This whole episode feels really dark and sad which I feel is more reminiscent of the original U.K. version but in general is not something that U.S. audiences is really used to. Although this episode is an overall decent representation of the show and characters, there is one lingering detail that makes the whole thing uncomfortable and that’s Michael.

While this episode does decently good job of introducing characters, it makes Michael almost insufferable, which is partially why I mostly just want to skip the whole first season every time I watch it. It’s insanely hard to like a character who is racist, homophobic, comes off as egotistical, and an overall bad person when their only real redeeming qualities are their glaring insecurities and the fact that they seem too ignorant to even know better.

Parks and Rec pilot

Introduction of characters:

Leslie:

  • Comes off as annoying but passionate
  • Still in love with Mark
  • Making no big strides in her community

Ron:

  • Annoyed with Leslie
  • Doesn’t like Leslie
  • Hates the government
  • Believes his job is useless

Andy:

  • Childish
  • Terrible boyfriend

April:

  • Still a kid kind of
  • Doesn’t care about anything

Ann:

  • Tired of things
  • Really not having a great time

Mark:

  • Comes off as rude but charming

Overall vibe:

This episode has some great vibes, while this whole season is pretty slow, this episode and season is way less awkward and depressing than The Office. This season has very little meat to it but the quality overall is better. Not to mention the characters are way better and more positive than the ones in The Office.

The Office best episode

Dinner Party:

Character development:

Michael:

  • He reminds me of a wounded deer
  • Still insecure
  • Less like a racist and more like a sad child

Jan:

  • Crazy
  • Evil and manipulating of everything Michael does

Jim:

  • Living a happier life now that he’s with Pam
  • Seems to hate Michael and his job a little less

Pam:

  • More in control of her life
  • Seems happier and stronger now that she’s out of her relationship with Roy

Dwight:

  • Has had a secret relationship with Angela
  • Because of his relationship he’s learned how to actually feel things

Angela:

  • Now more of a main character
  • Has a nice feud with Dwight and half the other people in the office

Overall vibe:

One of the best episodes throughout the entire series, this episode has really shown all the characters strongest and weakest traits and brings the whole series up a level.

Parks and Rec important episode

Freddy Spaghetti:

Development of Characters:

Leslie:

  • Is actually able to win a battle for once and do something for her community
  • Developing a friendship with Ben who she hated for a bulk of the season
  • Slowly growing on everyone

Ann:

  • Out of her relationship with Andy that was going nowhere
  • Developing a relationship with Chris and 10x happier than before

Andy:

  • Trying to win over April
  • Finally over his broken legs

April:

  • More talkative
  • Mad at Andy because Ann kissed him

Ron:

  • Still annoyed by Leslie
  • More supportive of people around the office

Ben:

  • Actually starts being nice to Leslie
  • Throws away all of his principles to help get Freddy Spaghetti

Tom:

  • Just getting out of a divorce
  • Jealous of his ex-wife

Overall Vibe: Arguably more emotional than the office, although this episode is in an earlier season so it might have slightly less character development than The Office considering this show is also a couple seasons shorter.

The Office final episode

*spoiler warning*

This episode mainly focuses on Dwight’s wedding and while I could focus on a lot of individual characters, a lot of the original characters aren’t in the show anymore. I believe one of the biggest flaws with later seasons is that they go through so many managers before ever doing the right thing and making the Dwight the manager.

Jim:

  • Now has a kid
  • Married to Pam
  • Running a sports company

Pam:

  • Mostly happy with life
  • Had a couple bumps in her relationship with Jim but recovered
  • Got insanely closer with Michael

Kelly:

  • Still sad and in love with Ryan

Ryan:

  • Recovered from drug addiction and stole baby

Michael:

  • Happy
  • Married to Holly

Dwight:

  • Marrying Angela
  • Has a son

Angela:

  • Way more caring and happy
  • Went through a lot of struggle but recovered

Overall Vibe: This episode is ridiculously cheesy but in general a good episode. This whole season drags on a lot and it’s really annoying but we’re able to see the characters all end up happy.

Parks and Rec final episode

*Spoiler warning again*

This episode focuses a lot around Leslie’s last moments with everyone before her and Ben move to D.C. before flashing forward to show where their lives are in a couple years.

Leslie:

  • Happily married to Ben
  • Was elected mayor

Ben:

  • A  successful campaign manager
  • Living a happy life and less grumpy

Ron:

  • Married
  • Now has 2 daughters
  • Very happy

Ann:

  • Dating Chris again
  • Had a baby
  • No longer living in Pawnee

April:

  • Married to Andy
  • Found a passion for animals
  • Started a job as a career consultant

Andy:

  • Ends up having a baby with April
  • A 10x better person
  • Has a dog

Chris:

  • No longer insanely obsessed with health
  • More in touch with emotion

Tom:

  • Drove two businesses into the ground
  • Creates a popular series of books on how to be successful

Overall Vibe:

This episode and season is very well done and pretty emotional while still being funny. I love the way they handle and close up any loose ends in this and I think that this episode holds up way better than the finale of The Office.