Watch NBC tonight. Seriously, do it.
Regular visitors to this site probably don't need reminding to watch NBC's Thursday night comedy line up, which is generally the best night of comedy on network TV. However, tonight's shows promise to be extra special, with a fun "themed" episode of "Community", a live episode of "30 Rock", and an episode of "Parks & Recreation" written and directed by Amy Poehler.
First, on "Community", when Annie discovers the study group's yam experiment smashed to smithereens on the science lab floor, the group mobilizes to expose the criminal and save their grade. Once Abed and Troy think they have located the perpetrator, the group conducts a "trial," with a reluctant Professor Kane (guest star Michael K. Williams) serving as judge. This entire episode will serve as an homage to NBC's popular "Law and Order" franchise.
Then on "30 Rock", a second live episode, following last season's very successful effort. When their Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for TGS to be a live show, Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy realize their lives will actually be easier if they shoot canned episodes fast and cheap. Only Kenneth the page objects, urging that nothing can replace the communal experience of live television. He tries to convince the TGS staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and the audience through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H.
On "The Office", unemployed Andy crashes a fundraiser for the Senator (guest star Jack Coleman) and winds up adopting twelve disabled dogs. Dwight discovers that winning an auction means losing money, and Darryl teaches Nellie how to eat a taco.
Finally, on "Parks & Recreation", Leslie goes toe-to-toe with Bobby Newport (guest star Paul Rudd) in their big televised debate. Ann, Tom, and Chris work in the media spin room, while Ron goes the extra mile to save a party for Leslie's donors.
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