Critic Consensus: While it has yet to develop its own identity, Parks and Recreation's awkward and absurd humor hints at its potential to become a great comedy, thanks largely to the talents of Amy Poehler.
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Part of Parks and Recreation feels uncomfortable, which would be more tolerable if the rest of the show felt funny.
Leslie and her outsized enthusiasm for everything D.C. is a gold mine.
The show is just good enough to keep you turning back in to see her [Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope] unwarranted optimism curdle.
I laughed, often, both while reading the script and while watching the completed pilot.
Parks and Recreation has many distinctions, not least of all the hugely talented Poehler from Saturday Night Live, who promises to develop Leslie slowly, without the haste required in sketch comedy.
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