5 awesome complete television series you can binge watch right now

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#2. Parks and Recreation

NBC’s 2000’s era lineup may have never delivered the ratings that the network wanted, but it did deliver high-quality comedy that show snobs like us cherish. When Parks and Rec first aired, I actually didn’t like it. It was like a watered down version of The Office. And season 1 of Parks is still the worst season of the show.

In fact, if you choose to starts watching Parks after reading this article…skip season 1. It’s entirely irrelevant. You’ll figure out who’s dating who within minutes. And give season 2 a chance, as well, because it starts kind of slow. You have to get through the worst episode in the entire series in season 2, “Sister Cities”, which is episode 5.

Once you’re done with that first 5 episodes, strap in. I don’t know what happened in that writer’s room, but the characters all of a sudden click, and the ensemble cast of Parks never slows down again.

By the time you get to season 3, there is not another “bad” episode. There are a few that weren’t as good as others, for sure, but they were few and far between. The relationships between these characters, and the development of Leslie Knope from bungling assistant director to political power player is amazing and hilarious.

Not to mention the young cast of the show being made up of future superstars Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World) and Aubrey Plaza (Dirty Grandpa, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates). And of course, the legendary Ron Swanson, played amazingly by Nick Offerman, helped to ground the show by playing his stoic conservatism against Leslie’s exuberant progressiveness.

Oh, and Rob Lowe is somehow on the show for like, 5 seasons. Parks and Rec is on Netflix.