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on 12 April 2012
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. Still, Season 1 of 'Parks and Rec' is sharply comic, fresh and contemporary, and even has a knack for handling the series side of adult relationships. The best was yet to come, but fans of shows such as 'The Office', 'Party Down' and 'How I Met Your Mother' will likely take to this release like a duck to water.