Parks And Recreation: Criminally overlooked in the UK
|Lesley Knope flanked by Tom and Ann.|
"It's like The American Office but better."
To be fair to The Office, the mate who recommended it to me isn't a massive Office fan like myself, but I would still put Parks And Rec on a par with it. That only makes it all the more a shame that a show as good as this remains largely undiscovered to a UK audience who would no doubt love it if they only knew about it.
To put the figures into perspective, at the time of writing the Season One DVD currently has 2,502 likes on amazon.com versus only 25 likes on amazon.co.uk. The English sense of humour surely isn't that much different from the American sense of humour, so the difference can only be explained by the fact that virtually no-one in the UK has heard of Parks And Rec.
Perhaps the main problem with season one was that there was too much focus on deputy director Lesley Knope, and not enough focus 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.
|By Season Two of Parks And Recreation,|
greater screen time was being given to the rest of the cast,
a decision from which the show greatly benefited.
Season three continues the high standard set by season two and as the characters get more and more fleshed out it becomes weird in some cases to compare the fresh plot developments with some of the original story-lines and specifically how the relationships between the characters have changed. These changes are definitely for the better though, as the writers have obviously realised that certain characters are better suited together, both in terms of comedy material and realism, and then readjusted the status quo accordingly.
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