The author writes:
Sometimes to embrace a character shows will change tracks entirely. In the delightful Parks and Recreations Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is something of a super heroine. But that wasn’t always the case. In the first season the show made fun of Leslie for her overzealous nature and rampant idealism. Not having fully divorced itself from The Office’s more world-weary and cynical point-of-view, the show was laughing at Leslie but not with her. Soon enough the creative team behind Parks realized that the very things the show mocked Leslie for were things that made Leslie a great character. The tone of the show became just as sunny and optimistic as Leslie herself and the show became a bright spot of comedic sweetness in the sitcom landscape.
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