26 September 2012 7:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It looks like the end of an era for NBC's Thursday comedies -- simultaneously the smartest and dumbest shows on television. That's a compliment. For years, "30 Rock," "The Office," "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" have brought to primetime Thursday the kind of smart-stupid absurdist comedy that David Letterman and Conan O'Brien developed in late night. You never knew if the next joke would be about geopolitics or goofy animals. Sometimes the political joke was deliberately dumb and the animal joke head-scratchingly smart. Never in primetime have the two dueling forces of wit »

- Tim Molloy

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