NBC's Parks and Recreation will soon come to an end, and the writers of the heartwarming, droll comedy have been knocking it out of the … well, park.
The first of last night's two episodes featured Chris Pratt's character Andy Dwyer saying goodbye to his kids' program, Johnny Karate's Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show. By using the bottle episode format, we got a glimpse at what fictional Indiana town Pawnee's advertising might look like.
Because this season of the show takes place in the near future, 2017, they can satirize what American companies Verizon, Chipotle and Exxon might be doing.
But the earnest, well-intentioned messaging of the combined companies—one of "America's eight companies"—is just the beginning.
Fast-food chain Paunch Burger—a stand-in for the McDonald's, Burger King, Carl's Jr. and Wendy's of the world—practically bullies its customers into eating.
Of course, we also got an ad from the Wamapoke Tribe, which shameless uses its heritage to get people to its casino.
And we got to see Nick Offerman's, er, Ron Swanson's version of advertising, too, which you can probably guess is minimal and straight to the point.