With an all-star cast, funny governmental gags, and charismatic scoring & direction by Daniels, but shaky lead by Amy Poehler: who’s certainly no Michael Scott. 7.9/10.
Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbours, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie’s colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he’s a bureaucrat himself
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: Greg Daniels the genius behind The Office being showrunner coming up with a potential-filled idea of a government park wing, all-star comedic staff from Aziz Ansari to Chris Pratt to Amy Poehler to Ron Swanson, Rachel from the Office certainly a strong addition, Ron Swanson a highlight as one of the most intriguing and funny characters, funny governmental shenanigans and diatribes, great musical theme and scoring as well as light-hearted comedic tone and normalcy-related gags
Cons: Amy Poehler annoying as lead and not as interesting – certainly NO Michael Scott.., erratic and too-abrasive opener, Chris Pratt’s character an insult to men – dirty, disgusting, lazy, bossy, and relying on his wife, gets a little too critical of government and opinionated, feels pretty Office-like in construction with just a new title and character switches, pretty awkward in humor and identity-less early on
Overall Rating: 7.9/10