I’ve never been the biggest fan of The Office, both UK and US versions. It’s not that I hated it completely but I could never really get into it. Perhaps it was the characters or perhaps it was the set up. See I could never completely grasp the idea that a film crew, unseen, is following some lowly office workers around and they are interviewed after a certain event happens. It seems like a cheap trick. But while I couldn’t wrap my head around The Office, I most certainly dived head first into Parks and Recreation without a second thought. Why? Because of Leslie Knope and her collection of incredible characters who lifted this show into exceedingly good comedy.
At the centre of Parks and Recreation is Amy Poehler, and, oh my gosh, aren’t we happy about that? As the perky Knope, Poehler’s leading lady is certainly no wallflower and brings a fresh beat to the television screens. Smart yet loving, tenacious but endearing, Knope is a remarkable woman and an icon for viewers. Poehler’s talent marvellously brings her to life and it is an epic and consistent performance. Surrounding her and each bringing a extraordinary character that you cannot forget. Aziz Ansari’s Tom brings metrosexual to the team, Rashida Jones’ earthier best friend Anne is complex, Chris Pratt’s silly man-child Andy is a fan favourite as well as Aubrey Plaza’s droll and sullen April. Not forgetting Adam Scott as Leslie’s counterpart Ben that brings the geek to the show, Retta’s mysterious but dynamic Donna, Rob Lowe’s fitness and optimism, Jim O’Heir’s big sap Gerry (or Garry. Or Larry) and not forgetting Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson who is simply epic (and has the best giggle ever).
The show came to an end earlier this year but luckily Amazon and many VOD hosting sites still have all the episodes for your perusal. Honestly, with Amy Poehler at the helm, creating one of the most beloved characters on television. With each new adversity that she must tackle, you feel very much part of the team. And there are poignant moments here too (including a beautiful wedding and Ron Swanson getting emotional), so you aren’t without your character development either. Parks and Recreation is entertaining, wholly and completely.