2012 has been a very good year for comedies, with many sitcoms hitting their stride and providing fans and critics alike with laugh after laugh. Here are the top three episodes that are sure to go down as classics for their respective shows.
1. Parks and Recreation: The Debate (Season 4 Episode 20)
The Debate will easily go down as one of the best episodes in Parks and Recreation’s 4 seasons so far. Both a gut-bustlingly hilarious episode and incredibly heart-warming, Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knoppe reaches the debate portion of her campaign for city council. Guest starring Paul Rudd as her main competition Bobby Newport, both Poehler and Rudd have strong performances but it is co-star Chris Pratt as Andy who may have stolen this episode, having to entertain a group of voters re-enacting scenes from his favourite movies.
2. Community: Digital Estate Planning (Season 3 Episode 20)
An episode that is almost entirely in the 8 bit graphic style of video game consoles like Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive, this episode of Community was a perfect example of the unique comedic styling of its creator Dan Harmon. In this episode, the Greendale Seven are tasked with playing through a video game created by the father of Pierce (Chevy Chase) with the intention of winning his inheritance. An episode of television like no other, Dan Harmon’s unique vision of what comedy is was clearly displayed in this episode.
3. 30 Rock: Live From Studio 56 (Season 6 Episode 19)
The second time that 30 Rock has aired a live episode, creator and writer Tina Fey took the opportunity to pay homage to television of the past through sketches in an attempt to display to her boss Jack (Alec Baldwin) the value of live television. The episode was also chocked full of guest stars including Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Jon Hamm and Sir Paul McCartney that added to the laughs with surprising guest turns. A much improved episode than the previous seasons live episode, writer’s Tina Fey and Jack Burditt did an excellent job of producing a live show that not only entertained but educated viewers on what makes live television so great.