Review: “Parks and Recreation”

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By: John Sargeson

Are you looking to “treat yo’self” or at least find out what the heck that means without leaving your home, apartment or dorm? Check out and binge NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” on Netflix.

Written and directed by the same team that gave us “The Office,” the show has the same “mocumentary” feel to it.

The show has laughs in every single episode, whether it’s the charasmatic yet aloof Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) being the lovable goofball that he is, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) hating everything that isn’t her husband Andy, or it’s the ever-optimistic to a fault Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) trying to be the best darn government worker she can be.

The show also has the “manly man,” Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) who has the same sort of cult affection from fans that Dwight Schrute garnered on “The Office.”

Ron hates all things vegetables, liars and above all else (and with great irony) government.“The only thing I hate more than lying is skim milk. Which is water, that’s pretending to be milk,” Swanson says.

Anyone who says that they don’t enjoy “Parks and Rec” is a liar and is someone that Ron Swanson himself would disapprove of.

Leslie is the show’s main character that loves the city of Pawnee, Indiana, and all things politics—her idol is Hillary Clinton. She will do whatever it takes to help the laughable city reach its true potential.

She loves her job more than anyone could ever love a job and hopes to be on the city council so she can make a difference. Throughout the show, you see her journey and all the things she does to show her love for everyone and everything.

“Parks and Rec” is very easy to binge watch on Netflix because the viewer is always going to want to know what antics the cast is going to get into when each season progresses. Between saying goodbye to Lil’ Sebastian (a mini horse), to Leslie running for council, each season of the show brings scenes that will both make you laugh, and make your heart melt.

Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Donna Meagle (Retta) have a friendship that everyone would want to have. They live life to the fullest, in the most literal way. They buy what they want, when they want it, just to look fly. They will make you laugh by their signature catchphrase, “Treat yo’ self.”

The show is also roughly 20 minutes per episode, making it easy to either catch an episode between breaks in your day, or rip through one of its seven seasons in a short amount of time.

Another reason why the show has such good “watchability” is because it makes you laugh from the first episode to the last, making it incredibly consistent. After each episode, you draw nearer to certain characters and eventually, you see a little bit of yourself in all of them.

For all of these reasons, if anyone is searching for a new show to watch that will make you cry of laughter, this is the show for you. As Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) would say, “’Parks and Rec’ is literally, the greatest show of all time.”

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