Grade NBC’s Thursday Comedy Premieres!
After a long summer away, NBC came back in (almost) full comedy force tonight with the season premieres of Up All Night, The Office and Parks and Recreation. (30 Rock, which rounds out the yuk-filled evening, returns Oct. 4.)
We certainly laughed our boo-honeys off, but we want to hear what you thought of the night’s fare. So here’s the deal: Cruise through the mini-recaps below, give each comedy a grade via poll and then hit the comments to expand your thoughts. Did anything make you actually LOL? How do you feel about the seasons ahead? Let’s hear it!
WHAT’S NEW | Chris and Reagan, who were just starting to get their work/family balance in control at the end of last season, were thrown again when The Ava Show was cancelled. Speaking of freaking, Ava had a hard time with the change, too. And little Amy is a full-fledged toddler!
WHO’S NEW | Reagan hired her slacker brother Scott (played by Luka Jones) to help fix up a bathroom.
BIG LAUGH | A wigged-out Reagan’s response to her daughter happily woo-hooing to herself: “Okay, obviously the tension in this room is giving Amy baby Tourette’s!”
WHAT’S NEW | Outward Bound leadership training is supposed to help people get perspective, but it did the opposite to Andy by focusing him on taking down Nellie. Kevin saved a turtle.
WHO’S NEW | Clark Duke and Jake Lacy made their first appearances as new employees, and the Dunder Mifflinites quickly bestowed them with the nicknames “new Jim” and “Dwight Jr.” Halpert and Schrute were unamused.
BIG LAUGH | Dwight’s awkward, vending machine-side conversation with one of the newbies: “Humor. I have it, too.”
WHAT’S NEW | Leslie and Andy hightailed it to Washington, D.C. to visit their better halves. While it was a happy reunion for one couple (the handsy April and Andy), Leslie found herself feeling less-than-significant when immersed in Ben’s big-time-politics lifestyle. Elsewhere, it was revealed that Tom and Ann chose to not make a go at a real romance.
WHO’S NEW | No newbies to note, just the same ol’ Pawnee denizens you know and love. U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, John McCain and Olympia Snowe did, however, make hilarious — and surprisingly well-acted — cameos.
BIG LAUGH | An overly enthusiastic Leslie on the fabulous time she’s having in D.C.: “Romantic reunion! Government meetings! Self-guided museum tours! I mean, am I living the dream? I dunno. Did I also just walk past a food truck and buy myself a waffle sundae? Yes!”