Final Project Ideas

I’ve been going back and forth through several idea for my final project, but I think I’ve finally decided on one- an in-depth feminist analysis of the show Parks and Recreation. For those of you haven’t seen the show, Parks and Recreation is a comedy series on NBC starring Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope, a perky, geeky, self-proclaimed feminist who loves her job in the Parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The show has a mockumentary filming style, much like that of The Office. 

Some specific things I’d like to focus on:

1) the changes in the Leslie Knope  character after the first season, as there was quite a bit of feedback that she seemed unintelligent and “ditzy.” (In later seasons, she’s definitely portrayed as a much stronger character.

2) Knope’s portayal as a woman in politics; comparison of this with real-life women in politics

3) the portrayal of other women in the show (those that work in the Parks department alongside Leslie, but also those that do not)

4) Leslie’s romantic relationships


Essentially, the overarching question is- Is Parks and Rec a feminist show?

To take a step back- What makes a show “feminist”?


2 responses to “Final Project Ideas

  1. This is fantastic and I look forward to seeing what you do with it! I especially love her campaign ad with footage from when she was 10.

    I agree that her character has definitely evolved for the better since the first season. She came off as somewhat ditzy, but maybe it was due to her being quixotic about the amount of change she could enact as a public employee.

  2. I definitely agree with the analysis of this show as well. I am happy to see Amy getting her own show and being in a position of authority even though that authority can be questioned. She has evolved from the point that the show came around

    I fell off towards the middle of the series, but seeing recent episodes particularly the recent Halloween episode, I was surprised to see how many relationships her counterparts have had over the series.

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