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Ron Swanson Week, Part 3: Tammy Troubles on 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 19th 2011 3:00PM
As actor Nick Offerman discussed in this Ron Swanson Week clip, his 'Parks and Recreation' character loves the ladies.

But what Ron shares with Tammy -- any woman named Tammy, but in particular, his second ex-wife -- well, could that really be called love? Is it obsession? Is it what the French call folie à deux? Is it simply madness?

As you can see from this video clip, Offerman didn't shy away from answering the tough questions. The Tammy questions.

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Ron Swanson Week, Part 2: A Dream Date with the 'Parks and Recreation' Boss (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 18th 2011 1:05PM
Ron Swanson Week continues with an installment that explores that eternal source of mystery and wonder: Love.

Swanson loves the ladies, there's no doubt about that. As he noted in this classic season 2 quote, "I'm a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food." Who can argue with those priorities?

In the clip below, Nick Offerman, who plays the 'Parks and Recreation' character, discusses one of Ron's most endearing traits -- his love for take-charge brunettes. He also talks about the kind of date Ron plans when he's taking out a special lady.

Don't forget to check out
Monday's Ron Swanson video, and we'll post additional Ron-themed clips Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The very entertaining 'Parks and Recreation' returns 9:30ET Thursday on NBC.

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Ron Swanson Week, Part 1: Why the 'Parks and Recreation' Boss Is an American Icon (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:30AM
It's time we all came to terms with a basic truth: It's Ron Swanson's world, and we're just living in it.

'Parks and Recreation' returns 9:30 ET Thursday as part of NBC's new three-hour comedy block, and I'll post a review of the show's terrific third season that day. Suffice to say that 'Parks and Rec' comes back better than ever.

But a mere review can't begin to address the burning questions that many 'Parks and Rec' fans no doubt have. How has Pawnee parks bureaucrat Ron Swanson captured our hearts and minds? What are the secrets of the mustache worn by actor Nick Offerman, who plays Swanson with such wonderful understatement? What's a dream date with Ron Swanson like?

On a recent visit to the 'Parks and Recreation' set, I was able to enter Ron's office and pose all those questions to Offerman, and I also talked to executive producer and co-creator Michael Schur about the appeal of Pawnee's resident 'stache-master.

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Celebrate Lazy Day With Seven of the Laziest TV Characters Ever

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 10th 2010 5:45PM
Homer SimpsonAccording to a dubious website with a surprisingly comprehensive list of made-up holidays, today is Lazy Day.

What? You don't celebrate it? That's OK, because what would a Lazy Day celebration really be except a bunch of people munching on potato chips while wearing sweatpants and watching TV? (Not that we're projecting our own ideas of the holiday, or anything.)

Since we didn't want to let the day go by without honoring our brethren in skirting responsibility, we decided to celebrate Lazy Day by rounding up a list of our favorite lazy TV characters.

Read on to see which slackers made the cut.

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'Parks and Recreation' - '94 Meetings' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 29th 2010 10:00PM
parks and recThank you, 'Parks and Recreation,' for finally remembering that Leslie was in love with Mark. I haven't been shy when it comes to my dislike of Mark and Anne's relationship, but the thing that bugged me the most is the fact that after being in love with this guy for something like six years, she's suddenly over him. Not only is she over him, but she has no problem with her best friend dating him -- it just never seemed that believable to me.

Now, with the news of Mark and Anne possibly moving in together and getting married, we see that yes, Leslie does remember the past six years of her life, and this new development does bother her. I'm glad that they didn't make her into an emotional wreck, but the acknowledgment of, "yes, maybe the gazebo isn't the only thing that's bothering me" was really nice.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Park Safety' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2010 12:05AM
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(S02E19) How do you guys feel about Jerry? As amusing as it is to see Leslie, the moral center of the show, make fun of someone, the whole "ridiculing Jerry 24-7" thing makes me kind of uncomfortable. He acknowledges that he gets made fun of, but unlike PIerce on 'Community,' he doesn't seem in on the joke at all.

Mark pops in toward the end of this episode to make a good point: Leslie's problem is that one of her employees would make up a story about a mugging because he's afraid of his co-workers' reactions. With that said, "What would you do for a Klondike bar? Kill your wife?" was pretty freakin' hilarious.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Possum' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:02AM
parks and recreation (S02E18) I miss the pit. It's been a while since we've heard anything about it, so it was nice to have it mentioned again. Even though Leslie may not have her favor with the mayor's office (I guess she'll just have to live with an un-laminated bus pass), I'd like to see something happen with the now-filled-in giant hole in the ground.

Leslie clearly has more important things on her plate, like possum-wrangling. The whole task force thing could have been just ridiculous, and don't get me wrong-- it was, but there was one thing that saved it: the fact that there was an actual possum running around on Andy's neck. How he didn't just vomit to death, I'll never know. Chris Pratt deserves a raise though.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Galentine's Day' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2010 1:16AM
parks and recreation(S02E16) Ron Swanson nailed it tonight. I've been trying to figure out what's wrong with Justin (Justin Theroux), and Swanson summed it up perfectly: he's a tourist. Justin is really only interested in stories. It's been bugging me the entire time he's been on the show, because he seems like a perfectly nice guy in some scenes and a total jerk in others -- but now it all comes together.

Also nailing it? Andy's band. I not only loved his songs (I would totally make them my Valentine's soundtrack), but I enjoyed his befuddlement with the entire situation and his frustration with not being able to tell if the gig was a success or not, due to the lack of ladies flashing him.

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Nick Offerman Really Does Have a Woodshop

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:02PM
Ron Swanon in his woodshop on 'Parks and Recreation'
On last week's 'Parks and Recreation' we saw Ron Swanson prove to Leslie how much of a tolerance he has for alcohol: he finished building a small harp in his woodshop while downing a bunch of whiskey. Power tools, precise measurements, minute tuning, the whole works. He even showed her photographic evidence (above).

When I spoke to Nick Offerman at the press tour, he told me that the show would be getting a look inside Swanson's woodshop. When he talked about the prospect, his eyes lit up and said, "I'm very excited about it." Well, now we know why: Offerman owns his own woodshop, and has a website full of examples of his and his crew's work. They make some very nice furniture, and they also build small structures and canoes.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation'- 'Sweetums'

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:16AM
aubrey plaza(S02E15) I have no idea why, out of all the controversies in the world right now, that the folks at 'Parks and Recreation' decided to tackle corn syrup, but I loved it. This was actually a well-done episode about something that many people consider to be a problem: companies taking over vending machines in places like schools and other public places. Even though it actually had a bit of a message, it still managed to be hilarious.

Leslie is kind of everybody's mom: whether it's not letting Ron drink and drive (drinking and harp assembly is another matter entirely), or helping Anne educate Pawnee about the dangers of kids becoming fat, happy and docile by shoving high-fructose corn syrup bars into their gaping maws.She's just trying to make her little part of the world a better place, and it's endearing.

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Review: Parks and Recreation - Leslie's House

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 22nd 2010 12:29AM
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(S02E15) So, Leslie's still a little bit crazy, huh? Have we really never seen the inside of her house before? That seems kind of weird to me, but I don't think the writers would have randomly made her a hoarder if we had been in a previously clean place. Anyway, I love how they used her messy house to set up the procession of rec center teachers coming into her house to help with the dinner party. I love it when Leslie's personal life is at odds with her professional one. She wants to do the right thing all of the time, but she is only human after all, and Justin is really hot.

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Review: Parks and Recreation - Hunting Trip

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 19th 2009 10:56PM
parks and recreation(S02E10) This episode is nice, because Leslie finally gets what she's wanted since the very beginning of the series: to be one of the guys. I know I talk about this a lot, but it's just because the writers have done such an exceptional job: I love how Leslie is actually competent in some areas, instead of being the bumbling fool they wrote her as at the beginning of the first season.

When she says she's an excellent hunter, it's not just self-delusion: she's actually an excellent hunter. Well, we really don't see enough to determine whether or not she's "excellent," but she totally bagged a quail on her first try and she didn't shoot Ron in the head, so she's at least pretty good compared to the rest of her hunting party.

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Parks & Recreation: The Banquet

by Jason Hughes, posted May 8th 2009 1:28AM
Aziz Ansari of Parks and Recreation(S01E05) Man, Leslie Knope is a dope. But Tom is the bomb! Okay, I'm sorry. There's no excuse for that kind of crap. Still, though, Tom was hilarious in his speech to Leslie's mother, who will always be Jericho's Gail Green to me, at the banquet. Certainly it was smoother than Leslie's. But then Ron's speech of facts was better than Leslie's painful attempt at name-dropping.

It's amazing that Leslie and her mother are related, considering how vastly different they are. Her mother is shrewd and calculating, and clearly willing to muck around in the dirt to further her own agenda (i.e. a politician), while Leslie is an optimistic do-gooder who's more heart than smart ... oh crap, I did it again, didn't I?

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