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Parks and Recreation

I started watching Parks and Recreation in November because a few friends of mine really, really loved it. And after last night's episode I think it's become my favorite show.

First, it's about local government - and not only do I work for local government, but it's also a thing I deeply love - so a show that celebrates government and its absurdities is just about perfect for me. One fun thing is that often at work someone will ask, "Do you watch Parks and Recreation?" and slowly we've figured out that we ALL watch it.

Secondly, it's main character is a woman. Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, is a bit silly because of her unbridled love for the Parks Department, but she's committed and energetic and forceful. Also, she's quirky in ways that women aren't usually allowed to be in a sitcom. Her house is a total disaster, she says the wrong things, she tends to pull her pants down on tv, etc.

Thirdly, the cast is really, really funny. Amy Poehler can make almost any line funny. Chris Pratt, who plays the dim shoeshine guy Andy has mastered the befuddled stare. And Nick Offerman who plays Ron Swanson, the deadpan head of the Parks Department who also hates government with every fiber of his being, has many hidden depths. Last week's episode saw Ron expertly cane a chair!

And fourthly, the show is centered in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana which is becoming a world as richly detailed and crazy as Melonville (SCTV) and Springfield (The Simpsons) were. Pawnee's depths haven't begun to be explored and they show that Parks and Rec has got a long life in it (if people actually start watching).