"Parks and recreation areas"
Heir to the American "Office" and illustrates the idea of a theory of small affairs, behind which are big ideas, changes and real people. The main character, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler - hyperactive, often unreasonably optimistic, not always competent, but completely armor-piercing - heads the department of parks and recreation areas of the very tiny and fictional town of Pawnee in provincial Indiana. The place is poor for events and initiative, with immunity to change. Long-term conflicts over the waste pit and financing of local private initiatives are always on the agenda, and it takes a lot of effort not to drown in the routine and pull the strap.
Leslie and her not the most talented colleagues, like all other heroes, in the first season of the series were more of a caricatured version of provincials of varying degrees of indifference, but the writers quickly realized that you can't make ratings out of ridiculing little people. As a result, Leslie Knope and the amazing types working for her - crooks, lazy people, bored office workers and inconsistent enthusiasts - quite quickly become imbued with mutual sympathy, rub in and begin to support each other on the way to common, even miserable goals: from building a playground to local gardening … And if they have enough courage and optimism, then we will have enough.
"Unyielding Kimmy Schmidt"
One of the most life-affirming series about the sweet taste of newfound freedom. Red-haired Ellie Kemper plays almost 30-year-old Kimmy Schmidt, who was imprisoned in a sect's bunker as a teenager, and Kimmy lived half of her life without interfering with modernity. An explosion from the past falls on New York: Kimmy finds herself in a big city, is infinitely fascinated by it and life without restrictions, and, in the course of the plot, coping with PTSD and the consequences of isolation, begins to settle in a place where nothing comes easily.
Kimmy and the rest of the characters are spelled out by American sitcom legend Tina Fey, who has produced Studio 30 (here's another self-esteem-boosting series), the cult teen film Mean Girls, and the long-running success of Saturday Night Live. At a distance of several seasons, it becomes clear that the plot of "Kimmy" is a plot admission necessary in order to tell how a person feels in a typical comedy fish out of water situation: in the most unpredictable and inconvenient circumstances.
Kimmy’s story isn’t just about making eccentric friends and getting a job with push and a glowing smile. The main character is a character who is keenly living what we take for granted: from a sunbeam and sweet soda to the ability to rent an apartment and do someone a good service. Kimmy can be annoying at times with her activity and the volume of her voice, but the ability to see life as the first time is definitely worth learning from her.
"Inside Amy Schumer"
The show of one of the main female comedians of our day, Amy Schumer, will seem to some to be a fair of vanity and self-admiration. But it was the four seasons of Inside Amy Schumer that marked the boundaries of what is joked about nowadays and why girls are allowed to joke the same way as men, and no “female” or “male” humor really exists.
Amy Schumer talks about everything from styling to sexual orientation, problems at work to matching outfit for a party. The show is built like a series of sketches: musical numbers and parodies, mini-sketches and cross-cutting plots, to which Amy returns from series to series, a lot of jokes about appearance, family attitudes, disappointment in oneself and others, and tiredness from the predictability of life.
As one of the supporters of the body-positive movement, Schumer always talks with irony about the imperfection of everyone, turns the typical comedy numbers about the difference between the sexes in a new way, jokes about the standards of behavior and beauty and, most importantly, fights for the girls' ability to be any - including anxious, weak, ridiculous, unreasonable, bilious and at the same time alive.
Mini-films about what the modern young woman faces - from interrogating relatives, ticking hours to unsuccessful interviews or one-night stands - a more honest version of Sex and the City, where instead of being obsessed with marriage and trying to find the perfect match, we see the single main character, too similar to most of our friends, and not to the heroes of the gossip. Exactly the same will be done later by Mindy Kaling in the TV series Mindy Project - about an American of Indian descent who is torn between work, personal life, the right to her own body and the traditional family's ideas about her purpose. You don't need to have enough stars out of the sky to live a valuable, unique and exciting life.
"Community", the most important series about the feeling of a neighbor's shoulder, mutual assistance and attention to each other, instills faith in people and the opportunity to find like-minded people in the most unexpected place. There are few such soul-inspiring spectacles in the world as the story of a group of seven fellow students from a community college who decided to start a new life with additional education. Everyone can find daily challenges and problems in the images and motivations of seven different characters - from a housewife who missed the same events to a fan of pop culture, from a pensioner with limitless life experience to a young girl with an excellent pupil complex.
“Community” is remarkable, first of all, because it does not focus on the profession, age and life position of one of the heroes, shuffling dozens of combinations from the fates of several people. When should you stop teaching others about life? Do past failures provide any lessons for the future? Is overconfidence more of a plus than a minus? What to do with years of repressed crush?
“Community” is an easily grasped cross-section of the modern group, where people with opposite values and vectors who have arrived from different places mix and learn from each other, uniting in coalitions, arguing and conflict. The night school is just a playground for adults tired of living in cramped confines and looking for a push outside. If the overage loafer manages to defend his diploma, and the nervous quiet man finally confesses his feelings, most likely we will succeed.
"On your marks!"
A therapeutic series about coping with loss and group support - but actually about how dealing with pain and the personal experiences of others helps you to believe in yourself. The main character, a radio presenter performed by Matthew Perry, lost the meaning of life after the death of his beloved wife: what is happening around him does not arouse any interest in him, he has lost the ability to draw closer and react to others. As support, he is offered group therapy - a typical measure for the desperate, a final resting place, the effectiveness of which is not easy to believe.
The group gathered motley and controversial - like the main character with skepticism about the whole process. But surprisingly, his gloomy mood sets off a chain of several reactions, and the indifferent group becomes overly active. The moderator, a girl with a much greater desire to help than qualifications, is trying to calm down the rocking ship and at the same time learns a lot about the group members.
The heroes of "Get Started!", Suffering from parting and grieving for loved ones, helping friends and simply keeping traumas in secret, each session take a small step from denial to acceptance, opening up to each other and defending the right to their feelings. A pill of kindness and a bulwark of common sense, the series "Get Started!" was offensively closed after the first season, leaving viewers in the dark about what will happen to the characters next. Based on the dynamics of Season 1, their demons are getting smaller every day.>