There's a reason TV shows don't usually make more than 22 episodes in a season (24 at most), and that's because the process of making a weekly TV show is so all-consuming that most of the people involved turn into zombies by the end of each year. And that often shows in some of the episodes you see late in a network season. But while everyone's friends from "The Office" or "30 Rock" or "Modern Family" were off recharging their mental batteries, everyone at "Parks and Rec" was still hard at work, trying to tap into their reserves long enough to create six more episodes of television.
And that challenge seems to have brought the cast and crew together in the same way that Leslie's project sends the parks department to a new level, because those six episodes represent perhaps the strongest, funniest, most purely entertaining stretch the show has had so far. And considering how terrific most of season two was (after the show had a brief, underwhelming debut season), that's kind of remarkable(*).
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