Ben/Leslie (Parks and Rec) "I love you and I like you."
21 Feb To get you PUMPED for tonight's episode (that will for sure make you cry). 13 Jan Anyone who knows me is very aware that my love for Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt runs deep. Re-watching Parks and Recreation is always a joy, but even more enjoyable because I feel that it has one of the most sincere and beautifully scripted TV relationships of all time. Upon my most recent re-watch of. 26 Feb Among a swath of shows that highlight the gruesome nature of the world, Parks and Recreation has always been the exception. At the center has been its very own political power couple, Ben and Leslie, who will remain the gold standard for television relationships.
While others may sit with bated breath as a character suits up for battle, the most exciting moment for me is a profession of love.
The most daring thing a person can do is put their heart on the line. I am the audience member every television executive refers to when they force unnecessary attraction upon two characters. Among a swath of shows that highlight the gruesome nature of the world, Parks and Recreation has always been the exception.
At the center has been its very own political power couple, Ben and Leslie, who will remain the gold standard for link relationships. Sitcoms often struggle with relationships. Whole shows are being piloted and produced based solely on the concept of romance, and few are making ripples, let alone waves.
Leslie and Ben — Posted by Sage. The following day, Leslie drops off receipts to Ben for Chris, who has left for the day. Re-watching Parks and Recreation is always a joy, but even more enjoyable because I feel that it has one of the most sincere and beautifully scripted TV relationships of all time.
Many are able to build interesting relationships and captivating stories around the concept of two characters perfect for each other kept apart, but the ultimate destination is often never as good as the journey. For all the excitement that comes from longing looks, subtle hints and the eventual first kiss, there is often a multitude of boredom on the other side. On New Girl the pairing of Nick and Jess, who are so often volatile with one another, go here to be volatile to the show itself, completely derailing its third season.
This is not uncommon. It was never rushed, instead withheld to a point that brushed infuriation, without fully enraging those of us rooting for them. Ben-and-Leslie scenes were exciting and nerve-racking to shoot because we all cared so much about making them work.
Season 4, Episode 8 — The Smallest Park. No show on tv makes me as excited and happy to watch a new episode. As a bonus serving of cuteness, Ben visits Leslie in the hospital at the end of the episode and brings her homemade soup and her favorite waffles from J.
While there was no shortage of exasperation in the time before Ben and Leslie were officially together, it was in the aftermath that Parks truly shined. Chief among them is what I refer to as the magnet syndrome. This is the oversight by writers to recognize that their characters, who have a magnetic attraction to one another, can exist outside the relationship.
Thus, the two characters end up constantly together, with storylines that revolve around different aspects of their life as a couple. Instead, it focused on the real issue at hand: Ron and Leslie, two friends who had fallen out and needed to put their friendship back together. Leslie never needed a partner. Lucky for her, the man behind the show had a penchant for love.
Greenwald lists that scene on The Office as one of the perfect television moments in his lifetime. Those vows, topped with the image of Leslie and Ben sitting in front of the wildflower mural in City Hall laughing together, so wholly in love and absorbed with one another, is as perfect a moment as there will ever be on a television program. While I try not to make it a habit of disagreeing with Holmes, who is so often enlightening, here I have no choice.
In the five seasons that followed, Parks and Rec would become, not only one of the funniest shows on television, but also one of the most heartwarming.
I love you and I like you
This was thanks in no small part to the couple at its center, which quickly became, and will remain, the standard-bearer for television couples. Ben and Leslie, I love you and I like you. Eric Walters is a Detroit-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Paste.
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