One of the great disappointments of the past year in television has been “Parks & Recreation”‘s relative inability to attract a wider audience, especially when compared to mega-hits like “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory“. While the appeal of those two sitcoms is evident, surely television audiences crave more from their comedies than non-stop one-liners and crude innuendos, don’t they? Although “Parks & Recreation” has not (yet) neared the brink of cancellation like fellow NBCer “Community“, it could stand to get a boost in viewership, not simply for the stability it would bring but because a show with such a well crafted world populated by great characters really ought to be enjoyed by more than a select minority. With that in mind, here are five reasons why everyone should be watching “Parks & Recreation”.
Leslie Knope – While the town of Pawnee seems to be swarming with manic eccentrics, the whole affair is nicely anchored by Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope. Although not wanting for some weird behavior herself, Leslie’s down to earth sweetness and optimism brings much of the warmth that is so essential to the show’s tone. Also, Amy Poehler is hilarious.