Parks and Recreation-Season 1

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From the people who bring you The Office comes Parks and Recreation, the hilarious saga of government employees and local citizens turning a neighborhood hole in the ground into a new public park. Comedy superstar Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Baby Mama) stars as Leslie Knope, an ambitious and hopeful small town government worker, whose dreams are way bigger than her political talents. Created by Primetime Emmy Award winners Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill, The Simpsons) and Michael Schur (The Office, SNL), and featuring a stellar ensemble cast, Parks and Recreation is a "genuinely funny" (Daniel Carlson, Hollywood Reporter) comedy about bureaucracy, hope and America at the dawn of the Obama age.

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Studio Universal
SKU 211276357
UPC 025192036828
UPC 14 00025192036828
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Television/TV Series
Editors Note
Note THE OFFICE producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur are the creative minds behind PARKS & RECREATION, a comedy about the earnest-but-absurd world of municipal politics. Framed as a mockumentary, the sitcom stars Amy Poehler (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) as Leslie Knope, a small-time civic leader with big dreams and difficult cohorts, including the hilariously self-involved bureaucrat, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), the bored intern, April (Aubrey Plaza), the obstructing boss, Ron (Nick Offerman), and the dour city planner, Mark (Paul Schneider). In order to climb the ladder and complete her current project--helping a no-nonsense nurse (Rashida Jones) turn a construction pit into a park-- she'll have to stay almost naively plucky in the face of rampant indifference and disrespect. This collection includes every episode of the first season of PARKS & RECREATION.
Actors
Amy Poehler
Cast & Crew
Amy Poehler - Star
Paul Schneider - Star
Rashida Jones - Star
Aziz Ansari - Star
Greg Daniels - Creator
Michael Schur - Creator
Technical Info
Catalog ID 61110953
UPC 00025192036828
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 157 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Hollywood Reporter
Review It's unfair to compare "Parks and Recreation" to "The Office" just because they share writers and producers. "Office" didn't any more invent the mockumentary than its British predecessor, and to act as if "Parks" has to be measured against that show's standard gives short shrift to a genuinely funny and engaging comedy that bears stylistic similarities to "Office" but has a heart and mind all its own...Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Ind., is the kind of naive, blindly cheerful central character that's admittedly reminiscent of Steve Carell's Michael Scott. But the key difference is that Michael's idiocy is egocentric, while Leslie's lack of self-awareness and her zealousness to please ultimately are designed to benefit those around her. In the words of Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), she's "kinda doofy, but sweet."...The series revolves around Leslie and her fellow low-level government employees, including Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) and her boss, Ron (Nick Offerman). Leslie is endearingly optimistic about her ability to affect change in the community, so when Ann appears at a meeting to complain about a giant undeveloped pit next to her apartment that's become a safety hazard, Leslie takes it upon herself to try and reclaim the land and get a park built on the lot...As far as structured plot goes, that's about it, but that thread is more than enough to connect a series of often hilarious moments in which Poehler and the talented cast riff on their natural chemistry. Ansari plays the same cocky and somewhat lazy schemer he's come to perfect on everything from "Scrubs" to features like "Observe and Report," but he's great at it. It's also nice to see Schneider, so wonderful in dramatic work, fit snugly within a comedic ensemble. Offerman is similarly poised to have a few breakout moments as a conservative official who wants to dismantle and privatize his entire department and who looks to Bobby Knight for leadership tips...But it's Poehler who owns the show, and she proves instantly she's got the comic intelligence to carry a series like this one, which draws its energy from character interactions instead of the broad punch lines you'd get on, say, a Chuck Lorre show. She's awkward but not alienating, and she's eager without being repelling. Most of all, there's a genuine heart to her that gives the comedy a balance and lets it be mocking without resorting to cruelty. It's funny, smart and fast. I hope it sticks around.
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Reviewer Daniel Carlson
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe ...potential to become a flip, witty political allegory.
Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly ...I dug the performances, the attitude, and the atmosphere that's being created.

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