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Another mockumentary from the writers behind ‘The Office’ (US), this time Greg Daniels and Michael Schur choosing the setting of a ‘Parks and Recreation’ department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana.
Leslie Knope (Amy Poelher) is a generous, optimistic and driven assistant-head of the department intent of improving her much beloved home-town. When local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) complains about an empty building lot outside her house, the pair join forces in an attempt to turn the pit into a park. Facing budgetary concerns, opposing bids and the mountain of red tape that accompanies any government project, Leslie learns that the bureaucracy she admires doesn’t always move at the pace she wants.
The likes of the anti-government ‘Parks and Recreation’ director Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the selfishly motivated Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), apathetic intern April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), department joke Jerry Gergich (Jim O’Heir), pragmatic town-planner Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) and the feisty Donna Meagle (Retta) all offer their services to both help and hinder Leslie’s efforts.
Similar to ‘The Office’, the show was slightly reworked after the first season (six episodes) so if it doesn’t capture you interest immediately stick with it, as the characters become more relatable, the plots more adventurous and the comedy increasingly rewarding. The moronic Andy Dwyer (the now Hollywood A-lister Chris Pratt) thankfully gets more and more screen time and the addition of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe post season two add to the depth of talent that anchors ‘Parks and Recreation’ as a comedy favourite. As do recurring/guests stars that include Louis C.K, Paul Rudd, H. Jon Benjamin, Will Forte, Jason Mantzoukas, Lucy Lawless and even Bill Murray.
Inspired by the real-life workings of local government and blended with appealing comedy, ‘Parks and Recreation’ is definitely one to watch.