Network: NBC
Air Dates: April 9, 2009–present
Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, Paul Schneider, Jim O'Heir

Back when it premiered, in April 2009, NBC's Parks and Recreation, which was shot in the same reality TV style as The Office, met lofty expectations with an unevenly funny debut season. The cast, including Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, promised greatness, and several of the early episodes are indeed hilarious. But it wasn't until Parks and Rec's knockout second season that the intelligently subversive sitcom came into its own.

And today, currently in the swing of its so-far-triumphant fourth stretch, it's the best comedy on television right now. —MB