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The War to End All Wars

"It was the worst of times it was the best of times". TV shows are an emotional roller coaster.

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"It was the worst of times it was the best of times". TV shows are an emotional roller coaster.

Photo created by Canva

Photo created by Canva

"It was the worst of times it was the best of times". TV shows are an emotional roller coaster.

Johana Brower, Staff Writer

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‘The Office’ vs ‘Parks and Recreation’ vs ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine:’

for the past decade, the three best TV-shows of all time have aired and people have been talking and debating over them.

“The Office” premiered in the United States on May 24, 2005, and it was a huge success and eventually become one of the most popular shows on Netflix. Moving on to another smashing success is “Parks and Recreation,” which came out on April 9, 2009, just four years after “The Office.” The two shows were competitors from day one. As the two best tv-shows on Netflix, they fought for dominance, while in the meantime, another competitor was rising to the top. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” came out September 17, 2017 and was an immediate hit.

With “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” having a 98% approval rating on Hulu, there is no question it is one of the best TV shows of the decade. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” features a detective, Jake Peralta, an excellent, childish cop with an impressive arrest record who gets a run for his money when a new captain is put into the precinct. Captain Holt reminds Peralta there is more to being a cop than solving cases and putting people behind bars. Peralta’s very competitive colleague, Amy Santiago, a strict, rule-following detective, is always there to keep Peralta on his toes. Peralta’s best friend and partner, Charles Boyle, is a hard-working detective, who idolizes Jake for his detective skills and is the mother of the ‘99’ squad. Terry Jeffords, the muscle of the group, has a sensitive side with his family and the squad, but it turns cold when dealing with criminals. Rosa Diaz, the secretive, intimidating detective takes no one’s crap and solves crimes while dealing with anger problems. Gina Linetti, the civilian office manager, keeps all the wild detectives in their place, while commanding authority from behind her desk. Finally, Captain Holt, the first openly gay black police captain, sets out to be an impressive role model to his detectives, while still kicking back and having fun every once in a while. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has come out with six seasons at the moment and more episodes on the way every week. With diversity, comedy and friendship the “99” is a perfect show to binge watch.

“Realistic characters, diversity and real-world issues!” said sophomore Kennedy Kolb, an enthusiastic lover of the “99”.

“Parks and Recreation” is a show with more heart in one episode than most TV-shows have in an entire season. “Parks and Rec” has characters like Leslie Knope, who is an optimistic, passionate and diligent worker for the parks department of the small town of Pawnee, Indiana. While being dedicated to her work, she is dedicated to bettering Pawnee one step at a time. Her boss, Ron Swanson, a pessimistic, grumpy man with a hatred for government, oversees the parks department. Ron’s assistant, April Ludgate, starts off as a bored intern for the parks department, but ends up running a branch of the National Parks System for a little bit in her future. There are so many more characters in “Parks and Rec” that it is sometimes hard to keep up with, but the story always has something new to offer. “Parks and Rec” is one of the most underrated TV-shows by far, with the majority of high school kids saying they liked “The Office” more.

I did a poll on my Snapchat to see which TV-show was the most popular, and over 80% of kids said they liked “The Office” more than “Parks and Recreation” or “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” “The Office” definitely has more of a dry sense of humor, in the sense that the plot is generally predictable. The main story of “The Office” is that a camera crew wanted to film the daily life of people in a paper company and they happened to choose Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The boss of the company, Michael Scott, has more of a childish, carefree way of running his office, which keeps all his employees on the lookout. Jim Halpert, the novice salesman, starts out not knowing anything about paper and eventually makes his way up to being an executive branch manager with Michael, his best friend. With many characters coming and going, the show is funny, but unrealistic. Not many bosses would go let their employees have a paintball fight in the parking lot or go on spontaneous trips to different towns.

In my personal opinion, the best TV show of the decade by far is “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” because of the realistic take on modern day society. With more LGBTQ+ representation, real-world problems and a very diverse crew, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is the perfect TV show to binge watch on a weekend.