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A good start, but the best is yet to come...
on 17 March 2013
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.