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As it’s the last review of the show you’ll see this year, let me just shout out one last time what it is that makes Parks and Recreation the best comedy on television, in case there’s anyone in the cheap seats who can’t hear: The Characters. A couple weeks back, the writers paid little more than lip service to Halloween, a staple of sitcoms and dramas alike, because they had much grander designs for their episode, one based in some major personal progression for the show’s main character. A marriage proposal can be one of the fluffiest, laziest tricks a show can pull out of its ass when ratings sag, or ideas run low, but Ben’s proposal to Leslie in “Halloween Surprise” will be gracing the “Best Scenes of 2012” lists of many critics (spoilers: mine included), because it was a big moment emotionally, not just creatively. »

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