Sunday, April 12, 2009
TBG TV: Parks and Recreation
One Sentence Premise: Mockumentary about small-town government and the quirky people who always seem to populate small towns…at least on TV.
Starring: Amy Poehler as goofball bureaucrat "Leslie Knope"; molten-hot mulatto ("mulatta"?) Rashida Jones as concerned citizen "Ann Perkins"; with Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman and Chris Pratt as "the rest of the cast".
The Best Thang: Created by Greg Daniels (The Office) and the late Ken Tremendous, the show's behind-the-scenes pedigree earns it at least one viewing.
The Worst Thang: The casting is – to be kind – curious. Poehler is heaped with praise by the native New Yorkers and aspiring entertainment industry employees who make up 99% of Saturday Night Live's viewing audience, but I don't see it. There's a fine line between "goofy" and "grating". And, save for Ansari's "Tom Haverford", the rest of the characters come across as awfully unlikeable.
Verdict: I laughed exactly once during last Thursday's premiere (Haverford laying down an awesome stream-of-consciousness attempt to pick-up Ann). On the other hand, Mrs. Bootleg practically peed her panties at the sight of Leslie falling down into the ditch. My wife immediately created a "record series" for this show, so I guess we're both on board. For now.