Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in an Indiana parks and recreation department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Logan turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie's colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he's a bureaucrat himself. Close
Now in its third season (at least, that's as of the writing of this Quick Tip), PARKS & RECREATION has really come into its own. Initially a concept spin-off of NBC's THE OFFICE (itself an Americanized version of the BBC program), P&R has landed on comfortable footing with its cast of misfit characters all pointing in one crazier direction after the next! Hopefully, the show will enjoy a long life.