Boswell Book Company presents a special event featuring not one but two authors from Wayne State University's TV Milestones Series: Holly Willson Holladay, author of Parks and Recreation, and Erin Giannini, author of The Good Place. Giannini's The Good Place is a light take on the darkly comic show and its lasting impact on American television culture. Giannini argues that the show redefines the classic sitcom structure by mixing the genres of fantasy and comedy. Giannini also analyzes the "not so in your face" political commentary seen in The Good Place, as this show took place during a tumultuous time in American politics. Holladay's Parks and Recreation is an homage to the critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series and an exploration of how the show evolved as a traditional network sitcom in a post-network era. Through compelling analysis, Holladay untangles representations of women and BIPOC in the series as they engage with contemporary discourse surrounding media and identity politics.
DateTuesday, April 4, 2023