NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation ended last week; columnist already misses "the only [TV] show to give philanthropy a turn in the prime-time spotlight".
"'Parks and Rec' was the only show to give philanthropy a turn in the prime-time spotlight, making it funny while taking seriously its increasingly prominent role in society. The show had a unique capacity to spin bureaucratic straw—notarizing paperwork, backroom negotiations with local legislators, small-town complaints—into comedy gold for seven seasons. To explain the work of philanthropy from the angles of grant makers, staff, and the public required the same deftness and sophistication the writers obviously brought to other seemingly boring topics." -- Amy the Chronicle of Philanthropy