Parks and Recreation was a beloved sitcom on NBC from 2009-2015. Starring a fantastic ensemble cast led by Amy Poehler of SNL fame, the show became a cultural phenomenon and a ratings powerhouse for 7 seasons. While that was going on, I ignored the series completely. I knew about it and even caught tiny snippets of it here and there, but took little time to sit and watch. I lumped it in with the cringe humor of The Office and decided it wasn’t for me. Recently, my friend and sister geek Taylor and my husband both convinced me that I might actually like the show if I gave it a chance. It turns out they were right. It took me 3 weeks to binge my way through all 7 seasons. And now here we are. Depending on how you look at it, I’m either 3 years or nearly a decade late with this list. OR… Maybe it’s never too late to love great television?
Either way, here’s my list of 10 reasons (not the only 10 reasons, not even the top 10 reasons, just 10 of the reasons) I love Parks and Recreation.
It’s that time of year that we all sit down at a table full of food and say what we’re thankful for, like our health, being with family and friends, and Harry Potter. Yes, I said Harry Potter. The books and movies have long ended, Harry’s kids are all at Hogwarts, and we should all probably move on with our lives. But we’ll be there until the very end! While my Hogwarts letter never came and I don’t know any magic whatsoever, I do have a few things to say about Harry Potter. And by a few things I mean I could go on for days just about how Hermione carried the golden trio to victory… Sorry Harry and Ron, but it’s kind of true.
While you’re stuffing your face with turkey and fixings leftovers while watching football, and before you rush out for some Black Friday shopping, let’s talk about 10 reasons to be thankful for Harry Potter this magical holiday season.
Have you ever considered how many different cultures create the foundation of modern America? It’s a lot. Consider it for a moment and really think through it. There’s Native American, British, Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and too many others to list here. Now consider this… every single one of these cultures has some form of legend or belief in witches and witchcraft. Even when they’re not called witches exactly, there is someone in the history of nearly every culture who could be put in that classification. It’s such an interesting thing to think about- all these different beliefs, customs, languages, and practices that meld together to make our unique culture. But they all have witches in common. Is it any wonder that witches play such a prominent role in our entertainment, from literature to plays to television to movies? No matter the medium, witches are iconic and legendary.
I love witches and greatly adore them as part of my entertainment. I enjoy witch stories. I gobble them up. Almost all witches get my love: spell-casting witches, potion-making witches, good witches, bad witches, natural witches, practicing witches, whatever. And in case you were wondering, I absolutely count wizards, warlocks, sorcerers, and mages in this category. Fortunately for me, there is lots of entertainment that features these folks and lets me enjoy them in all their magical glory. I’ve even found that if you pay special attention, there are some pretty fascinating things you can learn from witches and their stories. Allow me to break it down.
Here are ten things that makes witches so amazing and what they’re able to teach us about ourselves: Continue reading →
All right, I’m going to make a shocking admission right here, right now. You’re going to be floored when you hear what it is, especially given the nature of our site, but here we go: I don’t watch much television. Between kids and work and life, I have become infinitely pickier about what I watch. With that in mind, I am here to declare that I have devoted some of my precious television-watching minutes for a wonderful program that I highly recommend to all of you: The Golden Girls.
ABC broke the hearts of millions of Castle fans last month by announcing that Stana Katic would not return if the show received a 9th season. We now know that the show has been officially cancelled and will not return at all (due at least in part to the overwhelming fan request to end the series rather than have it continue without Stana). It is sad to say goodbye to the show. But I was definitely among the fans rooting for a dignified end to the series this season. I am incredibly relieved that we won’t have to witness the disaster of Castle without his Beckett, because without Beckett, there is no Castle.
Even if things had turned out different, Katic’s reign as New York City Detective-turned-Captain Kate Beckett would have been over this month. In honor of the adoration and admiration we fans have for both Captain Beckett and the actress who spent nearly a decade portraying her, here are ten reasons we love them both.
It’s 2016 and we find ourselves in the Golden Age of Superhero Movies. Since Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in May of 2008, superhero movies have taken over the Summer box office and branched out to cover the end-of-year holiday season as well as many other months along the rest of the calendar. I’m personally enjoying myself immensely! But not everyone is so besotted with the costumed vigilantes, mutants, aliens, and super-humans who grace so many of our screens.
While dealing with my overwhelming enthusiasm for Captain America: Civil War, which premieres today in the U.S., it occurred to me that I might be able to help give a little understanding to those who simply cannot understand the superhero obsession. Here are 12 reasons superhero fans absolutely love superheroes.