I have to admit that when I first watched the pilot of Parks and Recreation starring Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones back in 2009, I was not impressed. I gave it up right then and didn’t look back until recently, when I heard great things about how much the show had improved. Curious, I picked up seasons one and two from the library and decided to give it another shot. The show follows the Parks and Recreation department of fictional town Pawnee, Indiana, led by Deputy Director Leslie Knope (Poehler). She’s ambitious and overly-eager, trying to get things done while dealing with the red tape so often associated with local government. The show starts off with her big project: trying to fill in a giant pit that local nurse Ann Perkins (Jones) complained about and turn it into a beautiful park.
Doesn’t sound like an exciting plot? Well, it is made wildly entertaining by the cast of characters who work and volunteer for the Parks Department. This includes the over-the-top womanizer Tom (played by hilarious comedian Aziz Ansari), office punching bag Jerry, apathetic intern April, and my personal favorite: Leslie’s boss, Ron Swanson, who deadpans every line and almost makes the moustache cool. It gets even better as we learn about the personal lives of each character (just wait until you see Leslie on a date and meet Ron’s evil ex-wife Tammy). I am so glad I gave this show another chance because now into its third season, it makes me laugh every week. If you like The Office, I highly recommend checking out this underrated and hilarious series.