Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Goodbye Pawnee Edition


Last night, one of my favorite sitcoms ended its run. Parks and Recreation never was a huge hit, but for its loyal fanbase it was one of the funniest and sweetest shows around. Parks and Recreation is the reason that I knew Chris Pratt was eventually going to be a star and brought the awesomeness that is Ron Effing Swanson into my life – not to mention reinforce the comedic genius that is Amy Poehler. When The Office ended its run, I was ready for it to go; that isn’t the case with Parks and Recreation, which has given us some of the funniest episodes in its final season. I’m so sad that we now live in a world without Pawnee, Indiana.

Ironically, I almost gave up on Parks and Recreation. As a political scientist, I was psyched for a show that was based in the world of local government and had high hopes. When the show finally debuted, I just didn’t dig it. That first six episode season was rocky – they hadn’t figured out the Leslie character and she was too close to simply being a female version of Michael Scott. I decided the show just wasn’t for me after that and had to be talked back into watching the second season; one of my friends assured me that the show had found their groove and was vastly improved. I was skeptical, but after his constant badgering I conceded, gave it another look and was instantly smitten. Since then, I haven’t looked back.

So in honor of the end of Parks and Recreation, “treat yo self” to this week’s pop culture round up. You deserve it.


  • Ron Swanson get the Shepard Fairey treatment:


On to non-Parks and Recreation related news…….

  • I didn’t watch much of the Red Carpet coverage, but I missed this earlier John Travolta creeper moment:


  • Conan and Billy Eichner try out Grindr:


  • More bloopers from Game of Thrones:




  • Even Jimmy Page thinks these pint sized percussionists rock:


  • Colin Firth is rocking a killer stache in True Detective 2:


  • A new poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron:


  • Who knew Christina Aguilera was so good at impressions?


  • The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting:


  • Do you want to see a NSFW version of The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers staring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff? Of course you do:


  • This is from a few weeks ago, but cracked me up – Kid Theater with Michael Keaton:


Time for some trailers….

  • The final season of Mad Men:


  • Only a few more days until the third season of House of Cards:


  • A new teaser for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D:


  • The Goldbergs are doing a Ferris Bueller themed episode (including a Charlie Sheen cameo):


  • Wayward Pines, the new series from M Night Shyamalan:


  • Kristin Wiig in Welcome to Me:


  • HBO’s Scientology documentary, Going Clear:


  • Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana in Infinity Polar Bear:


  • A trailer for Street Fighter V:


  • A trailer for a movie about Marshawn Lynch, starring Marshawn Lynch:


  • A sneak peek at the new animated short, Frozen Fever:


  • Sleater-Kinney teamed up with Bob’s Burgers for their new video:


  • Bob Odenkirk was turned into a cake:


  • Benji Madden had his wife Cameron Diaz’s name tattooed on his chest. Ah, modern love:



  • R.I.P. Harris Wittels, executive producer on Parks and Recreation, creator of the term #humblebrag and all around funny guy.

As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups.

  • Frozen meets John Carpenter’s The Thing:




  • Sesame Street parodies House of Cards:


  • Sesame Street also took a shot at a Birdman parody:


  • A medley of songs from SpongeBob Squarepants:


  • A supercut of Danny DeVito’s best moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:


  • Warren G and Kenny G got together to perform “Regulate”


  • And finally, Limp Bizkit meets Seinfeld:


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