PARKS AND RECREATION is a television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur who produced and adapted THE OFFICE for American television. It too, is shot fly-on-the-wall style. The series follow the lives of the public servants who work for the Parks and Recreation Department in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. The show’s main character is the Department’s deputy director, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler).
The first season of P&R took a few episodes to warm up, now in the second season the show has found its groove. If you’re not a fan of Poehler’s work on the much-vaunted television comedy series SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE or the movie BABY MAMA 2008), this series may sway you. Her characterisation of the upbeat and steely Knope is nuanced and funny – a benevolent Tracy Flick, if you will.
The series is well-cast and the situations and characters continue to develop. Australian viewers who want to track it down need will find it on Channel 7 late on Tuesdays.
And for those of you already in the know, you will be aware that the hardest rocking band in Pawnee is Scarecrow Boat.