Parks and Rec follows a parks department in Pawnee, Indiana in a mockumentary style as made famous by the Office. The show is anchored around Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), an ambitious parks employee whose commitment to her friends is only outmatched by her commitment to the parks department and the great city of Pawnee. Knope works for the government hating libertarian parks director Ron Swanson. Ron is often a hurdle for Leslie but ultimately has her best interests in mind. Ron Swanson provides the most quotable moments in the show. Rashida Jones plays Knope’s best friend, and makes you fall for her while doing it. Chris Pratt is a hilarious goofy office shoe shiner. Aziz Ansari plays the fan favorite Tom Haverford who is always out to become a business mogul. The remaining characters all play important roles. The show is similar to the Office’s early years in that screen time is well divided among all involved.
The entire first two seasons are based around Leslie’s attempt to build a park. While the writers seem to struggle to make this work early, they find a formula that works midway through the first season start cranking out great episodes. Towards the end of season 2 new character’s played by Rob Lowe and Adam Scott are introduced. They make an immediate positive impact on each episode.
The only downside to watching Parks and Rec on Netflix is that you have to stop at season 2. And trust me, you’ll want to see more right away.
If you’re still not convinced this gem from Ron Swanson in season 3 will surely push you over the edge.