11 Reasons Craig Middlebrooks is the Greatest Addition to Parks and Rec
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11 Reasons Craig Middlebrooks is the Greatest Addition to Parks and Rec

By Courtney Enlow | Seriously Random Lists | April 25, 2014 | Comments ()


(No offense, Chris and Ben.)


Because he knows how to get his way.


Because he’s great with compliments.


Because he’s an animal lover.


Because he knows how to get attention.


Because he knows how to spend an evening.


Because he’s vaguely familiar.


Because he’s passionate about music.


Because he knows who he is.


Because he knows how to bring it down a notch.


Because he knows what he wants.


Because he just cares too much.


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  • Tammy

    I am fascinated by how polarizing this character is.
    For my money, he is an exercise in dancing the line between irritating and so-irritating-it-circles-back-around-to-funny. Out of context, he should drive me nuts, but something about the absurdity of his intensity has won me over (the wine tasting episode has become oft-quoted in my house: "WHAT KIND OF MONSTER ORDERS RED WITH *FISH*???" *kills* me, for some bizarre reason. Apparently I enjoy extreme intensity about mundane things).
    But then again, I hated Jean-Ralphio until I loved him; I even hated Tom Haverford at first, but now I can't imagine a world before Treat Yo Self.
    Hate into Love: it's the Parks & Rec way.

  • Matt Smith

    I feel like i am not getting something. A lot of people that I think are funny, and
    I value their opinion really think this guy is awesome(including Pajiba). I just do not think that someone screaming non stop is that amusing. Craig is probably the only character on the show that I would not miss if he went away.

  • BlahBlahBlah

    No one likes gifs. You should warn people that the entire article is nothing but gifs. Almost had a fucking seizure.

  • Nick Williams

    So bad a character that it has nearly driven me from watching the show- unfunny- the way a 10 minute SNL sketch should be a 2 minute sketch- got really old really fast- if I knew this person in real life I would be considering violence every time I found myself in his presence.

  • TheAggroCraig

    He's not Mr DeMartino, he's more like a long lost brother of Johnny from "Airplane!".

  • atoz15

    ok, enjoy craig all you want but dont even try to compare him to benji fricking wyatt!!

  • I think Craig is one of the funniest characters on 'Parks and Rec' and one of my personal favorites behind April, with Ron being #1. When he yelled 'LOOK AT ME!' at Andy I just about choked on my coffee.

  • Nick Cowling

    Wasn't expecting to like the character but the outrage he brings is amazing

  • BeardoGomez


  • Ginger McFlea

    Nope. Nice try but Craig is Parks' version of 30 Rocks' Hazel. It should work but it just doesn't.

  • Monica


  • Jack Donaghy

    *Hogcock, Lemon.

  • opiejuankenopie

    This show has the amazing ability to introduce annoying characters and then make you like them. I don't know how they do it.

  • Sarah Weissman

    I think there's something about the ensemble nature of the cast and a balance of energies among everyone, when there are individual characters who would get old if they were on their own show.

  • dizzylucy

    He is loathsome... and yet I cannot look away.

    I actually didn't like him until he and Jean Ralphio were on-screen together, and now I would pay money to see them go horseback riding together.

  • letsspoon

    Craig re: Tom's sadness over Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth not showing up to the Bistro and reuniting: "Well forget about it, he's not good enough for her..AND VICE VERSA!"


  • CBN

    12. He's the worst, and he makes you value everyone else's screen time more because it's time not being wasted getting aurally assaulted by a one-note youtube gimmick

  • blacksred

    My husband and I HATE this character. I roll my eyes so hard that I am scared they are going to get stuck every time he is annoying = everytime he is onscreen. And my GOD the stupid yelling.

  • Donna SHerman

    Every time he says anything, I think, "You SHOULD be annoying the shit out of me, but instead, I LOVE YOU WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY BEING GIVE ME MORE."

  • _Alexander_

    Oh god Mr De Martino! Now I know why I love Craig so much.

    Drifts off in fond Daria memories


  • RocksEaglesHats

    I agree. This guy's appearance on Parks & Rec renewed my active interest in the show, which had been waning slightly. His bizarrely aggressive energy is amazing.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Dear god, I hope when we jump into season 7 that he and Jean-Ralphio are the best of friends.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Or mortal enemies.

  • Swaimfan

    Or boyfriends

  • Dumily

    Maybe all 3?

  • LittleMissPonderer

    My mind read the GIF captions in his voice, and now I have a throbbing headache...

  • mswas

    It's IMPOSSIBLE for me to love this MORE!

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