Jim: "Four years ago, I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl, who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing that I've ever had to do, which was just to... wait. Don't get me wrong, I flirted with her. Pam, I can now admit in front of friends and family, that I do know how to make a photocopy. Didn't need your help that many times. And, uh, do you remember how long it took you to teach me how to drive stick?"
Pam: "Like a year!"
Jim: "I've been driving stick since high school, so... For a really long time that's all I had. Little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And, a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl I work with but I think, even then I knew that... I was waiting for my wife."
I mean, honestly, what girl doesn't hope for a guy who pursues and treasures her like that? Jim Halpert has set the bar high, gentlemen. I promise there's so many other great parts to the show; I'm just enamored with Jim and Pam.
3. 30 Rock
I just watched this at the beginning of the summer. I have always loved Tina Fey, and the show takes place in New York at, you guessed it, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the address of the NBC studios. Both times I've been to New York, I've toured the NBC studios, so I really enjoyed seeing some of those locations on the show. Tina Fey plays Liz Lemon, the head writer of a sketch comedy show, The Girlie Show (TGS), which is very similar to Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels, the creator of SNL, was an executive producer for the show. I read Tina's memoir, Bossypants, and she said that she had originally wanted 30 Rock to go in a different direction, but Lorne encouraged her to write and act about what she knew. Many of the things that occur behind the scenes on TGS were inspired by Tina's time at SNL, and both 30 Rock and TGS (fictionally) air on NBC. So, it's almost like a show within a show within a show. Make sense haha? Alec Baldwin plays Jack Donaghy, the head of NBC. After not liking each other at the beginning of the show, he and Liz quickly become friends, and Jack acts as Liz's mentor. I hadn't seen Alec Baldwin in too many things before, and although irrational, I was never too crazy about him, because of the scandal where he drunkenly called his daughter and left her that voice mail calling her a "rude thoughtless pig," but I quickly forgave him after starting 30 Rock. I loved his work on the show, and Alec seems to have bettered himself with his new wife, yoga instructor Hilaria, who has inspired him to become more fit, and now they have a baby on the way. Yay, Alec Baldwin lives happily ever after. Jane Krakowski plays the star of TGS, Jenna Maroney. Jenna's a self-absorbed actress/singer who needs people to praise her and pay attention to her at all times. This is the woman who, after her dressing room mirror was removed at the end of the series, a montage complete with song plays of all the good times Jenna had looking at herself in front of her mirror. Tracy Morgan plays Tracy Jordan, a character very much based on his controversial self. After criticism that TGS needs a male actor, Tracy is hired and the show becomes renamed TGS with Tracy Jordan. Jenna is furious at first, and they butt heads throughout the show, but they love each other at the end of the day. After all, in a weird way, they're pretty similar since they just both want to be huge stars and have all the attention. Jack McBrayer plays NBC page Kenneth Parcell. Once again, I love how each character is basically an over exaggerated version of themselves. Kenneth is from Georgia and still has his Southern accent and makes references to a country way of life. Kenneth is too old to be a page (a position normally held right after college - also a job I'd love to have! NBC, if you're reading this, call me!), and never mentions his true age. He just can't imagine leaving his job, because he loves TV and serving these people so much. I just think all his mannerisms and facial expressions are so hilarious and goofy. He does everything for everybody and is so loyal and gullible, I just love him. Perhaps what I love most about this show is that I kind of realized I'd describe myself as a mixture between Liz Lemon and Jenna Maroney, which might seem super confusing, since they're so different. Just hang on with me. Liz is self-deprecating and so driven that she often puts her career ahead of her love life. She's a homebody who once declared, “One of my New Year’s resolutions is to say, 'Yes!' Yes to love, yes to life, yes to staying in more!" Jenna Maroney is very theatrical. She bursts into song to depict her emotions and reacts very prominently to any situation that happens. While conflicting, I tend to possess those Liz and Jenna qualities.
4. Parks and Recreation
I just started this show a couple of weeks ago, and I'm only on the fourth season (the fifth season just concluded), so I'll do my best with what I've seen so far. Same goes for how I loved Steve Carell (The Office) and Tina Fey (30 Rock) - I loved Amy Poehlor. I actually created a mental list a few months of ago of the next shows I wanted to watch on Netflix, and it was in that order: The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Rec. Should I be embarrassed I've steadily made my way down that list in just the past three months? I don't care. I've still maintained an internship and friendships, and the shows make me happy, so I think I'm alright. :) Parks and Rec has the same creators from The Office and is shot in the same documentary style. Amy Poehlor plays Leslie Knope, the deputy parks director of the parks and recreation department of fictional Pawnee, Indiana. She works harder than anybody else in her department, and is all about women in powerful, leadership roles. Nick Offerman plays her boss, Ron Swanson, a manly man with a great mustache who loves steak, the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Chris Pratt plays Andy Dwyer, the not-so-smart shoe shiner at the government building who also sings and plays guitar in the band Mouse Rat. Aubrey Plaza is April Ludgate, Andy's wife and the negative intern who doesn't do anything and rarely smiles. Rashida Jones plays Ann Perkins, the part time nurse and part time director of public relations for the health department. She is Andy's ex-girlfriend and Leslie's best friend. Who do I really love though? Aziz Ansari who plays parks and recreation department administrator Tom Haverford. I am really confused, because I've always thought Aziz Ansari was hilarious, but I do not know where I know him from! I know he had a small part in I Love You, Man, which I've seen, but I swear I have seen him in something else where he had a much bigger part, but after much research, I still can't figure out what it is. Either I made it up, or it must have been in a past life. I had always seen things on Tumblr about Tom's most memorable quotes, and actually seeing them on the show is hilarious.