My thoughts on the first season of Parks and Rec

So I've never thought about reviewing a show like Parks and Rec, but I was recently recommended of it from my brother who's a huge fan, so I decided to start season 1. I will say, I do not really like shows similar to The Office because I do not like depictions of workers who don’t care about their jobs or are in some other way incompetent for the positions that they hold. However, there were a couple characters I did like by the end of season 1, but mostly didn't like the rest.

I did enjoy the main character, Leslie, from what I was able to see in the first season. I normally have little expectation in characters when I start new shows so that they don't disappoint me in the end, but I was pleasantly surprised to see some competence in Leslie's character so early on. Then I was surprised again after finding out that it was partly due to some nepotism of her mom being a high profile figure. We also learned that Leslie's drive to succeed is in some way driven by the fact she wishes to be accepted by her mother, who seems to only want her daughter to get married, which is seems like a very 50's mentality that one might expect from their mom at the time--a very narrow view of what her child is capable of.

I also thought that Leslie should go to counseling so that she could express her true feelings towards all her office mates because I feel like she suppresses a lot of built-up anger. There seems to be past issues that she cannot resolve with her mother surrounding her mother’s cold attitude towards her and limited expectations for Leslie, and all Leslie wants to do is be something similar to what her mother is. Though, I think her goal is flawed because no one can copy another person's success exactly the way the original person did. I wonder why Leslie aspires so much to be like her mother who seems to exemplify every negative quality that a politician can have like knowing everyone's dirt, blackmail, and manipulating.

The character who I think was the most competent of all the cast was Ann, who we learn is a nurse. She seems to be the only character in the entire cast who does her job in a realistic way, at least as far as I could tell. While Ann seems to be the one who has it together the most, I will say her choice in romantic partners sucks. I hope that she dumps Andy later in the show.

I found her assistant, Tom, to be extremely unlikable at best and at worst a blatant dirtbag who doesn’t seem to care at all about his marriage, and I honestly don’t understand why the character feels that he should cheat on his wife no matter how poorly his marriage is going. Like I guess I understand flirting with one or two people, but he flirts with pretty much everyone. It does all seem like a facade for something else.

I thought Leslie's boss, Ron, was one of the worst television bosses I’ve ever seen, at least from what I've seen so far. I mean the guy blatantly doesn’t care about his position and wants to hire the most incompetent people and he seems to want to do as little work as possible.

In conclusion, I like Leslie the best so far because even though her head was in the clouds and she was filled with big dreams that will most likely never come true, she still tries to be good at her job and she was the only one who seemed to be enthusiastic about what she did for a living. And of course, Ann would be a close second. The rest of them hate their jobs and seem to only want things to do as little work as possible, which is an attitude that I hate. Anyone else who's seen Parks and Rec have similar feelings? Should I watch the rest of the show?

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