Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

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Series cast summary:
 Leslie Knope (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Ron Swanson (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
 April Ludgate (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Andy Dwyer (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Tom Haverford (124 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Jerry Gergich (124 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Donna Meagle (120 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Ann Perkins (106 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Ben Wyatt (97 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Chris Traeger (77 episodes, 2010-2015)


The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

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Cute Where The Office is Awkward
9 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show is basically a cute version of The Office. If you haven't seen The Office, it is a hilarious show that is filmed like a documentary. It has a weird vibe because all of the characters seem to know that the cameras are there. They also give asides to the camera which are always funny. The asides in Parks and Recreation are funnier than those from The Office. They seem to be more of a showcase for the actors to show off their comedy, not additions to the plot.

One thing that turns some people off about The Office (that is to say, what sets it apart from other shows), is that it gets incredibly and hilariously awkward. What sets Parks and Recreation apart is that it is incredibly and hilariously cute. Where The Office makes your jaw drop before you burst into laughter, Parks and Recreation gives you a warm smile before you burst into laughter. It makes it a lot of fun to watch.

Another subtle difference from The Office is that aside from Jerry (Parks and Recreation's version of The Office's Toby), is that all of the characters care deeply about one another.

The cast of Parks and Recreation is far better than the admittedly stellar cast of The Office. Amy Poehler lights up the screen every time she is in view. Rashida Jones has much better on screen chemistry with this cast than she ever did during her stint on The Office. This show is incredibly lucky to have Aziz Ansari before he becomes a worldwide phenomenon, because he is well on his way. Don't even get me started on how perfect Nick Offerman plays his role as the motivated slacker, libertarian boss.

In the end the haters will say, "Oh they just stole The Office's idea and put it in City Hall." That is a far to shallow of a response to such a deeply funny show that stands wonderfully on its own.

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