Parks and Recreation 3 Seasons 2009

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5. The Banquet PARENTAL_GUIDANCE

Leslie makes an impression at her mother's banquet.

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The Banquet

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Genres Comedy
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Season year 2009
Network NBC
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D Burin on 12 April 2012
Format: DVD
The first season of 'Parks and Recreation', a mere six episodes long, has been overshadowed by the fact that the seasons which have followed it have produced some of the wittiest, most perceptive and genuinely poignant moments of any US sitcom of recent years. But the fact that Season 1 was the show's weakest shouldn't take away from the fact that the episodes gathered on this disc are uniformly excellent, and suggestions in another review to skip straight to Season 2 ignore what is a great few hours of TV. For the uninitiated, 'Parks and Rec' stars the excellent Amy Poehler (SNL, Baby Mama) as Leslie Knope, deputy director of the Parks and Recreation committee in the rustic-but-not-redneck town of Pawnee, Indiana. Poehler is supported by an excellent cast, including Aziz Ansari as Leslie's right-hand man Tom Haverford, and Nick Offerman as the department's head, a man disinterested in Leslie's project to build a community park, and who claims he would "rather work for Chuck E. Cheese". The show is extremely well-scripted and the characters are refreshingly complex and likeable. 'Parks and Rec' is shot in a format very similar to that of 'The Office', where the characters are filmed by a documentary crew, and often speak direct to camera.

There's nothing bad as such about the first series of 'Parks and Rec', though, unlike in later episodes, Season 1 has a tendency sometimes to go for the 'obvious' joke, meaning that there are some dud moments which land alongside the show's plethora of superb one-liners. It also does feel a little too much like 'The Office' in the earlier episodes, and one or two characters, such as the bored intern April, add nothing to the show; but annoy a little.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2013
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It's absolutely criminal that it took so long for someone in the UK to pick up Parks & Recreation for broadcast when it is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time.

I came across this show whilst on a long haul flight to America and with nothing else to watch I gave it a go. And even in the space of two episodes, I had fallen in love with it.

Anyway, with BBC Four now showing the series the first season is belatedly available on Region 2 DVD. It's a mere six episodes long and whilst it doesn't reach the heights of season 2 it is still a painfully funny programme.

The main problem in the early going is the focus on Amy Phoeler's Leslie Knope who at times seems to be too intent on being the female Michael Scott (Steve Carell, on The US Office) than being a character in her own right. By season two, with the focus more on the ensemble, Knope becomes a more interesting character in her own right. The likes of Aziz Ansari and, especially, Nick Offerman (as the downright brilliant Ron Swanson) are great in this series though and whilst the best is yet to come, anyone who has enjoyed the subsequent series will find a lot to enjoy here once the shock of seeing the story from the beginning wears off - certain plot developments in future series (episodes of which I watched before getting this DVD) certainly left me disorientated in parts here.

One final thing though; there's not enough Aubrey Plaza for my liking in this season (a fact acknowledged on the DVD commentary) but then again, Rashida Jones more than makes up for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Halliwell on 25 Mar 2014
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If you're a fan of the Office-style style mockumentary then this is a dream come true. Amy Poehloer delights in this funny, witty and intelligent comedy. I am neither American nor interested in government, but this is by far my favourite TV show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Busybee on 17 Mar 2014
This is the best series. This IS the best series. You should really consider watching it as soon as possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 11 Mar 2014
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Various reviews on here and elsewhere say this is the weakest season of Parks and Recreation. I thought I'd give it a try on Amazon instant video and ended up watching all 6 episodes back to back because it's awesome, can't wait to catch up with the ensuing seasons.

The cast are universally excellent and the writing is spot on. It follows a similar style to The Office with its fly on the wall documentary feel, a brilliant mix of sharp scripting, sight gags and the occasional bit of slapstick.

Time to settle in for season 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Whitfield on 1 Mar 2014
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Funny, really funny. The thing is, if you watch it and don't find it funny, you've just got the 'wrong' sense of humour!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Fudgemuffin on 14 Aug 2013
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It's a shame that a show as good as Parks And Recreation remains largely undiscovered to a potential UK audience who would no doubt love it if they only knew about it. To be fair, it was still finding its feet in season one but nevertheless there are still clues of the genius to come.

A previous reviewer hits the nail on the head that the problem with season one is that there is too much focus on Lesley Knope and not enough on the rest of the cast. It's not that Lesley Knope isn't an entertaining lead character, it's just that other great characters like April, Tom and Andy in particular don't really come into their own until season two. Even the anti-government Ron Swanson, while clearly already recognisable as a brilliant character, is underused in season one.

I actually first watched Parks And Recreation on my friend's recommendation, with the cautionary note that the first season was a shadow of the greatness to follow. Although I would have to agree that it's not until season two that it reaches its peak, I nevertheless still enjoyed season one. It doesn't contain the belly laughs of season two, but is still worth checking out.
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