Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bosom Buddies

Tonight, tonight, toooo-NIGHT! Tonight reigning First Ladies of Funny Business and Queens of Smarty Pants Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to my TV where they belong. “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock” debut tonight in their new back-to-back timeslots of 9:30 and 10 p.m. on NBC (which thanks to the FCC is now well on its way to being rebranded as Kabletown). While the schedule shuffling is a little odd (10 o’clock comedy? NBC, have you learned nothing from the Jaypocalypse?), I am beyond thrilled to have my two favorite hilarious hotties on my TV together where they belong. Sure, I’d timeshifted them that way already, but this requires so much less lifting of my remote control. I am nothing if not gloriously lazy about my fanaticisms. What I love so much about Tina’s Liz Lemon and Amy’s Leslie Knope is, of course, their humor and intellect, but also their unabashed feminism. Yes, feminism can be funny. This is the proof. While both shows poke fun at the “F”-word at times, at their core they are built upon a construct that believes women are just as smart, capable and deserving of positions of power and responsibility. They’re just as good (or bad) as the boys, and often even better.

The other thing I love so much about Tina and Amy is their friendship, which has remained a constant through “Saturday Night Live” and the Upright Citizens Brigade and movie stardom and motherhood. Female friendship on screen is often celebrated in a sort of condescending lit candles and wine party sort of way. It’s something to be set to sappy musical montages that may or may not include singing together into a hairbrush. But real female friendship is about shared success, support and strength. Just like the endearingly geeky characters they’ve created in Liz and Leslie, Tina and Amy are fantastic examples to women young and old of what it really means to be a strong woman today. You don’t have to take yourself too seriously, but you never take your talent for granted and you always support each other in your ambitions.

A look at the many looks of Tina & Amy:

SNL Silliness
UCB Silliness
Totally Glam
Totally Butch
Touchy Feely
Really Touchy Feely
Sexy Tennis

Oh, Tina and Amy – thank you for coming back to us. Thank you for being friends. If Tina can’t be my Fake TV Wife, too, I’m at the very least glad she is with such a worthy alternate as Amy. Though, ladies, I am not opposed to some sort of “Big Love” resolution to this situation. Think about it. Tina already admitted you two are working the Oprah & Gayle. I can work with that.


Norma Desmond said...

Honestly, I shudder to think what the state of female based comedy would be without these two. Yes, there are other funny ladies out there, but these two? They sorta take the cake, don't they? (especially together)

sonja said...

I haven't started watching Parks & Recreation yet. You've got me hooked on 30 Rock though.

But come on, if that one picture is "totally butch" then we've got to create a new category for... just about every lesbian I know.

sue said...

@sonja.. the first season of parks and rec was really slow for me but there were only a few episodes so i decided to go ahead with the second season..LOVED IT..but then was sad because there are only (yes, ONLY) 24 episodes :)
i'm so glad i decided to keep watching because it is now one of my very favorite shows! the anticipation of the third season has been killing me!!

my three favorite parks and rec moments..

"you know what? america is awesome. it's so full of hope..and small towns..and big cities..and real people..and delicious beverages and hot guys. you just never know when opportunity is gonna to strike. you gotta be ready for it." ~leslie knope

"the library is the worst group of people ever assembled in history. they're mean, conniving, rude and extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous." ~leslie knope

"every time she laughs, an angel dies. even telemarketers avoid her. her birth was payback for the sins of man. but you know the worst thing about her? she works for the library." ~ron swanson

LizC said...

I LOVE when Tina says "Only we're not denying anything." That should give you hope, if nothing else, Dorothy.

Kathryn said...

Love this post.

Panty Buns said...

i love watching Amy and Tina together and think it was so hot when Tina said "we're not denying anything". The multitude of fabulous photographs of Tina and Amy together in this post is incredible (and a turn on). I love all their skits from Saturday Night Live. They're classics and are some of the best bits SNL has ever had. I do confess to loving the skit with Lady Gaga and Madonna and was disappointed that they didn't actually complete the kiss. I'd love to see Amy and Tina do an extended kissing scene.

Anonymous said...

Sexy tennis was amazing! Thank you for sharing that!

Anonymous said...

hahaha! I love the pictures,
so funny. especially, did you notice that?
Tina and Amy holding hand?
in between them there is huge Tina
picture looking at Amy. haha,

I really like that picture.
and the sexy tennis..giggle~~

thanks for the posting,
looks you have fun, something
happy feeling in it. that's what
I like the most.

see you!

Hanna said...

Coming to your site is like opening a Kinder surprise egg - only for lesbians. Thank you so much, Ms Snarker! Love these two funny pretty ladies!

The Deviant Dyke said...

I love them, LOVE them. I'm definitely crushing big time!