A bureaucratic expansion of the docu-verse by Greg Daniels with a reverberative feel to Dunder Mifflin in a new flavor, Parks & Rec’s fine performances, decent governmental gags, next-level quirk, and charismatic scoring/direction by Daniels make up for Poehler and the TV show’s inability to quite recreate the magic of Michael Scott & The Office. 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
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