If you’re not already hooked on hit comedy Parks and Recreation, then you should be. But don’t panic, you can watch seasons 4-7 courtesy of Dave. The acclaimed series starring Amy Poehler will first air as a double-bill on Monday July 27 (20:00), while seasons 6 and 7 will follow in summer 2016.
Dave has really pulled one out of the bag this time. This warm-hearted show follows the Pawnee Park Department as they pursue various projects to make their city a better place. The cast is superb and reads like a who’s who of US comedy. Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe and Aziz Ansari, all feature. In video interviews, some of the stars give their thoughts on their characters, the show itself and the fun they’ve had behind-the-scenes.
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
The star of the show…and producer actually. Amy Poehler is fast becoming a household name. She’s a master improv comic. Poehler spent years honing her skills with sketch comedy group Upright Citizens Group and on Saturday Night Live. Her rise to prominence was completed this year when she hosted the Golden Globes with her best bud Tina Fey.
Parks and Recreation has given Poehler the platform to truly express herself. The show centres on her character, Leslie Knope, a cheery, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. She loves her town and is incredibly optimistic. Her ultimate goal is to be the President of the United States.
Chris Pratt as Andy Dywer
Chris Pratt has enjoyed arguably the most success off the back of the show. He’s already racked up an impressive CV, starring in blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy and this summer’s Jurassic World. He’s hot property right now.
But not many would’ve predicted that Pratt was destined to become the lead man he is today. Well, judging from his Parks and Recreation character. Andy Dywer is a dim-witted albeit loveable slacker. Pratt had to pile on the pounds for this role. Andy was only supposed to appear in the first season, but the creators liked Pratt so much, he was invited back for season two.
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson
Nick Offerman. What can you say about the man? His voice alone is something to behold. And his deadpan delivery is nothing short of hilarious. He plays Ron Swanson, the parks and recreation director who, as a libertarian, believes in a small a government. As a result, Ron strives to make his department as ineffective as possible, hiring employees who are useless at their jobs.
Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt
It’s fair to say Adam Scott’s decision to leave cult sitcom Party Down has been justified. Since joining the cast of Parks and Recreation, Scott’s starred in hit films like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Overnight – he’s even one of the new faces of Smirnoff. It certainly seems like Scott’s career is on an upward trajectory.
But Scott’s best known as Ben in Parks and Recreation. Ben’s a straight talking state auditor and the love interest of Leslie. The end of season three sees Ben and Leslie finally get together, but we’re left with a cliff-hanger when Leslie has to pick between her career and her relationship.
Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgatein
Co-creator Michael Schur was so impressed by Aubrey Plaza that he wrote her into the show. It turned out to be a stroke of genius, she completely nails the role of April – a dry and sarcastic parks department intern who eventually becomes the perfect foil for Ron. Her ironic quips are usually scene stealers.