Parks and Recreation, a popular NBC television show, presents a satirical representation of a political machine through Sweetums, a candy company. Throughout the series, Sweetums shows signs of company with a massive amount of power and wealth in the community of Pawnee, Indiana. During an election for city council, the company reveals a number of characteristics of a political machine. In this paper, I have analyzed some of the more prominent instances of Sweetums appearing to be a power within the community that has the ability to manipulate and control certain aspects of Pawnee. In doing this I have referenced a few definitions and examples used by Kweit and Kweit from their discussion on political machines. The research and analysis done in this paper attempt to prove that this television series presents Sweetums as a political machine that is portrayed as a company which uses its social standing, local power, and wealth to monopolize the outcomes of an election and manipulate the residents of Pawnee.
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Written by Sequoi Phipps