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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 Leslie Knope (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Ron Swanson (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 April Ludgate (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Andy Dwyer (125 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Tom Haverford (124 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Jerry Gergich (124 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Donna Meagle (120 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Ann Perkins (106 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Ben Wyatt (97 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Chris Traeger (77 episodes, 2010-2015)
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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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Likable, but not lovable
25 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've watched a fair share of episodes of Parks and Recreation, hoping that it would grow on me. While it has some golden moments, the show as a whole consistently fails to get any real reaction out of me-- no big laughs, no tears, no knuckle-biting suspense. The early seasons of the Office (the big brother show of Parks & Rec) managed to give me all of these at one point or another, even though it too took place in a seemingly boring setting. So where does this show go wrong?

I think the problem is that they're not willing to take things far enough. Some of the characters (Tom and Ron Swanson, for example) are reliably funny and have the potential to be truly outrageous, but they always seem to stop short for fear of seeming too dark or unlikable. Others are boring and have no depth to them, like Ann, who might as well carry a sign around that says, "I'm the sane, charming, pretty one who you're supposed to root for!" And others are downright obnoxious, like Andy, an even more cartoonish loser than Seth Rogen's character in Knocked Up.

We all know Parks and Recreation was created in the wake of the Office, which is OK. But it should be taking steps forward from there, not backward into lukewarm sitcom territory. I hope that in the future, they give their characters a little more pathos and put more thought into their story lines. Too much to ask?


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