'Parks and Recreation' move to ABC, after 'Modern Family': I had a dream; 'Fringe' was in it too: VIDEO

Parks and Recreation is at a high point in its creative life, but it’s not doing too well in the ratings. In my dream, it would air on Wednesday nights, move from NBC to ABC, and follow Modern Family.

Follow my dream logic in this video review, won’t you?

Oh, yeah, and I meant what I said about Fringe in there too…

Twitter: @kentucker

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  • Dream Analyst

    I’ve done a careful analysis of your dream Ken, and I have come to the conclusion that, subconsciously, you want the smartest, funniest comedies on television back-to-back on Wednesdays.
    I really earn my $200 an hour.

    • ChaCha

      Deceitful headline.

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  • Jude10

    Amen on all accounts!

    • LOL

      You’re a good man, Ken Tucker.

  • Michael

    Modern family isn’t that funny. I love Parks and Recreation and Community.

    • Just Sayin’

      Modern Family is one of the funniest shows on tv.

      • jaydee92

        Obviously comedy is subjective. You can’t claim it isn’t funny…you don’t find it funny. I find it hilarious, as do many people, hence the great ratings.

    • yes!

      one hundred percent agree

    • Woot

      Thank you! Modern Family is given absolutely way too much credit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than Whitney… but the writing is really average. Modern Family just got really lucky with its casting, that’s what really elevates above other comedies. Parks and Recreation, Community, 30 Rock, Happy Endings, Cougar Town, Archer and Louie are all leagues better than Modern Family in my opinion.

      • kate middleton

        I enjoy Modern Family, but I agree it’s the cast that makes it. And I think this current season has not really been anything special.

        LOVE P&R, Cougar Town, Happy Endings. Those are the shows I have to rewind to catch jokes that we’ve missed because we’re laughing at other ones.

      • rayme

        Woot, your list is right on. Modern Family is ok — little bits hit, often involving Ty Burrell or Ed O’Neill or Julie Bowen. Too often the first few minutes look promising and then I lose interest.

    • Wash

      I also agree. I think Modern Family is ok, it has it’s episodes where it is really funny but overall it is not as good as people make it out to be. It tends to bank on the same scenario week after week. Jay does something stupid that isn’t really stupid, Gloria gets mad because shes Colombian, Manny is old before his time, blah blah blah. The thing I like about Parks and Rec is that even though each week is fairly formulaic it never feels that way. Sometimes I watch Modern Family and it’s so predictable. I don’t understand why it get so much emmy love. The cast is really good but the writing is average if not a little bit lazy. End of rant.

    • Lilac

      I love Parks and Community. They are currently my favorite shows, but Modern Family is very funny. I think it’s even funnier if you watch ever week though. It is definitely one of those shows (like Parks, The Office, etc.) that references itself. This makes it even funnier for fans but a few things might be lost on viewers who only tune in once and awhile.

  • Nick

    YES. Parks and Recreation, Modern Family and Happy Endings all on one night…count me in!!! Hands down, the three funniest shows on TV right now.

    • alpha

      Are you gay? Just wondering?

      • Jamie

        Are you an ignorant jerk? Just wondering?

      • Jake

        well at there’s no question that you’re an idiot, alpha.

    • Sourabh

      Add Community and you’ve got four.

      • Justin

        No Community please. That show is an over-rated boring mess.

      • Matt

        Justin, you are streets behind.

    • Aunt Sassy

      That’s actually how I do watch them – I record Modern Family and Parks & Rec and then watch them back to back on Friday night – and Ken is right – they are AWESOME together.

    • travisdogg

      YES~! Modern Family, Parks&Rec, Community, and end it with Happy Endings. This would be the funniest 2 hours on prime time :D

      If I could also add my perfect Friday: move Fringe to Fridays after Supernatural on the CW. Ratings would double for each show!

  • Kyle

    I am very glad to see someone in the media say it but I wish you included Community because I also believe Community is in the same boat as Parks and Rec.

  • Kyle

    I also love both shows

  • R

    I watch both Community and P&R, so I never really thought about the point Ken makes – but he’s right, they are very different. I’m sold on your idea, Ken.

  • Rush

    Yeah, as much as I enjoy Gordon Ramsay’s show, that programming is a head scratcher. It would have made much more sense if they had kept Human Target and used it as Fringe’s lead in. But maybe they’re too afraid of geeking out too much on Fridays again.

    • Ruby

      It’s all about production costs. Kitchen Nightmares is unfortunately less expensive to produce than Human Target and Fringe.

      BTW I think Fringe does an amazing job for its budget, considering they have to come up with outlandish material every week!

  • AltGirlTX

    I had never considered the P&R / Modern Family similiarities until Ken made this point, but it does make sense. Both are mockumentaries, both draw on sharp humor that has a combination of words and subtle body language / reactions, and both utilize sentiment and the character’s relationships with each other in non-schticky ways. Now put Community and Happy Endings together…maybe not as strong but I love both and two shows with such sharp dialogue would keep me laughing and loving pop culture references for a whole hour at a time.

  • Maryann Craven

    Oh Ken Tucker I love you. I’ll take a look at P & R cause I trust you. And cause I love Fringe the most.

    • Russ

      If you start from season 1 don’t judge it by the first couple of episodes. They aren’t that great but once it hits it stride I promise you’ll find it hysterical.

      • Lucero

        Why is Darrell Waltrip such a lock?? If anybody is a sodaemy it is JAWS. His turn is down the road. I agree there needs to be a veterans committe like in baseball. There are just too many pioneers that need to be recognized. And I don’t think it takes anything away from anybody to be elected in that manner.

    • jj


      Proof that parks and rec is hilarious

  • Ben

    Been watching Parks & Rec since the beginning. I think it’s the best sitcom on TV.

    • LOL

      Amen, brother.

      • Nanda

        Amen, brother. [2]

      • Bibs

        Amen, brother.

  • Sara

    I can dig it–though I’ll take it any way I can get it.

    My husband and I have never laughed harder than at the “Gertrude Stein” joke from last week’s P+R. Love that show. Love Community and Modern Family, too! My husband is utterly devoted to Fringe but I never got on that train (he just got me Season 1 on DVD to try and convert me…)

  • Isaac

    While I whole-heartedly agree with your sentiments about Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, NBC has constructed a comedy block with Community, P&R, The Office and Whitney. Removing P&R (arguably the funniest show on the peacock network) from this lineup would not bode well for the other shows, which are less popular and need the draw that Amy Poehler provides. Also, where would Happy Endings go?

    • kate middleton

      The Office is the big draw (ratings wise) on Thursdays at NBC. Sadly, Whitney has beaten P&R a few times, which I attribute to the big Office lead in.

      I wish Amy Poehler was a bigger draw, because P&R is the funniest show and deserves higher ratings. Luckily it’s on NBC and their ratings are in the toilet, so it should be around for a while.

  • tracy bluth

    Parks and Rec and Community are my favorite shows on TV right now, but I never thought about how different they are.
    As for my other favorite show, Fringe…totally agree with you there, Ken.

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  • Lala

    Never liked P&R and never will. Pretentious yet utterly stupid, what a combination.

    • Ruby

      I kind of agree. I tried to get into it, but stopped watching midway through season 2. I’ve heard it gets better though. Anyone care to comment? (be honest, I know you’re all fans!)

      • Nicole

        I was not into it the first season either, but it is so good now. Funny and touching. Check it out.

      • Dan

        It does get better. The first season was definately a low point. But, even though I like parks and rec, community, etc, I know not everyone does. I just wished they could get some better ratings.

      • Sue

        Parks & Rec was awful its first season. Then it did a 180 and became the funniest show on TV. They won me back with the gay penguin episode, and I’ve been a devoted fan ever since. So give it another try.

      • Nanda

        It gets better. S3 is flawless. I think you should give it another try and if you still don’t like it then it’s just not your thing

      • kate middleton

        First season was terrible. I still wasn’t sold on the second season, but it got REALLY hilarious this last season (third). I think they switched up some writers. Anyway, it has really improved SO much and it incredibly funny now. Great characters and great writing.
        Amy is hilarious, but it’s the supporting cast that really makes it – Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, Chris Pratt, Aziz.

      • kate middleton

        I suggest watching “The Fight” and “Andy and April’s Fancy Party” – I think those are the funniest P&R episodes. I think “The Fight” (aka the Snakejuice episode) would probably be my #1.

      • Aura Lee

        I would argue that the 3rd season of Parks and Rec was the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a perfect season of television. I watch a lot of television, everything but crime procedurals and every single episode of the 3rd season of P&R was flawless. Funny and heartwarming but not overly mushy. Zany but not overly so. Perfect zen for a comedy.

      • Beth

        I’d say watch the eppy from this season with Ben crying over his breakup with Leslie in his Batman costume, and you’ll be hooked.

    • Ash

      Just because something is good, doesn’t mean it’s pretentious. You can say that it’s stupid, that’s your opinion, but there is nothing pretentious about “Parks and Recreation”.

      • Chrispy

        It’s a ridiculous show, for the same kind of people who like Sarah Palin.

    • Lilac

      If there is one thing Parks isn’t it’s pretentious. It walks a fine line between mean and cloying and instead is snarky AND sweet. This isn’t easy to pull off and they do it perfectly.

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