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3.0 out of 5 stars A good start, but the greatness is to come., 5 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Parks & Recreation: Season One [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It's absolutely criminal that this show has not made it onto one of the multitude of channels that pervade our satellite/cable universe in the UK (and I'm waiting for someone to point out the errors of my thoughts and say it appeared on some obscure channel at 3 in the morning) when it is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time.

All hail long haul flight TV choice huh?

Anyway,this is the first season, 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 is the focus on Amy Phoeler's Leslie Knope who at times seems to be too intent on being the female Michael Scott 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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