Parks and Recreation

Canvassing

Series 1 - Episode 2 Canvassing

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Review

It’s taken this show four years to creep across the Atlantic from the US, where it’s into its fifth series. There’s nothing particularly new here – it’s filmed in mock-documentary style, something done so much better by The Office and Modern Family.

But star Amy Poehler is sweetly appealing as Leslie Knope, passive-aggressive deputy director of parks and recreation in the quiet fictional town of Pawnee. In the opening double bill, Leslie lobbies her bizarre boss to develop a park on the site of a derelict pit. There are funny touches, like the bloodthirsty murals in the town hall, but it all feels a bit thin.

Summary

Leslie holds a public meeting to discuss her idea to build a park on top of the disused pit - but the citizens of Pawnee are not as enthusiastic as she had hoped. She also seeks advice from her intimidating mother Marlene. Comedy, starring Amy Poehler.

Cast & Crew

Leslie Knope Amy Poehler
Ann Perkins Rashida Jones
Ron Swanson Nick Offerman
Tom Haverford Aziz Ansari
Mark Brendanawicz Paul Schneider
April Ludgate Aubrey Plaza
Andy Dwyer Chris Pratt
Marlene Knope Pamela Reed
Paul Iaresco Phil Reeves
Kate Spevack Lennon Parham
Director Seth Gordon
Writer Rachel Axler
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Comedy