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The Office Effect and the Appeal of Workplace Comedies

It’s no secret that workplace comedies have become a staple to the comedy community. Shows like The Office, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Veep, and the newly introduced Animal Practice all have the commonality of their work-centered plots. I recently realized how most of my comedy favorites follow this trend and wondered what exactly it is about the workplace that is so appealing as to center an entire show around it. Let’s discuss.

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Recap: The Office 8×12– Pool Party (as well as a list of post-Michael era grievances)

The summer after my sophomore year of college, I had one week off between school and starting my full-time summer job, and I chose to spend it in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Well, not literally.  But instead of hitting the road and finding a beach somewhere, I made the trek back home to my parents’ house and […]

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Leslie Knope: The Shining Star of Pawnee

When I started watching Parks and Recreation about a year ago, I didn’t have high hopes.  I wasn’t the biggest Amy Poehler fan going in, but I sum that up mostly to the fact that my exposure to her had been a theatrical preview for “Baby Mama” in which she peed in a sink.  My […]

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