During the last week of February, my roommate introduced me to the show, Parks and Recreation. What began as simply hanging out with my roommate has turned into an obsession. Since first watching the show two weeks ago, I have gone through 3 seasons of Parks and Recreation on Netflix and am currently on season 4, episode 5.
Parks and Recreations is a comedy television series on NBC starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a government employee in the Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department. The Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee consists of Knope’s government-hating boss, Ron Swanson; a wannabe player, whose greatest dream is to own his own nightclub,Tom Haverford; fun loving Donna Meagle; Jerry Gergich, the laughing stock of the Parks Department; shoe shining Andy Dwyer; Andy Dwyer’s wife April Ludgate; health obsessed Chris Traeger; Knope’s husband/coworker Ben Wyatt; and Knope’s best friend Ann Perkins. Parks and Recreation premiered in April 2009 and was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur.
When Ben Silverman was named co-chairman of NBC’s Entertainment division in 2007, Silverman asked The Office creator Greg Daniels if he wanted to create a spin-off show of The Office. Both Daniels and writer Schurs spent several months trying to figure out a way so they could do a spin-off for The Office. They realized that there was no perfect way to do a spin-off, so they decided to create a show about a local government official trying to rebuild a political career following a humiliating public event. They decided to discard that idea for a main idea for a show, but would still keep it for the back-story of Ben Wyatt. Writers didn’t come up with an idea of Parks and Recreation until Amy Poehler signed on to be the main character of the series. To help understand the politics, the writers researched California politics, and consulted with urban planners and elected officials. Writers also tried to tie in current events into the show, as well as actual government officials. Joe Biden has appeared in the series and Michelle Obama will appear in the season 6 finale.
What attracted me to this show was that it is filmed similarly to The Office. The show uses a single- camera, mockumentary filming style, with the idea that the whole Pawnee’s Parks Department is being filmed. Throughout the series, audience members follow the journey of the Parks Department through their personal lives, community events, and Leslie Knope’s run for a city council position.
Ashlee Lytle is a new DJ at KSSU. If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment down below. To check out some other blog posts I’ve posted, or the fellow KSSU DJs, visit kssunews.wordpress.com. And be sure to listen to Just No Name, Friday evenings at 6PM for all the latest alternative/indie music.