Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, an overly enthusiastic deputy parks director surrounded by jaded and apathetic bureaucrats.
But it is the character Ron Swanson (Leslie's boss) who has emerged as a breakout cult hit. Swanson is a libertarian and hates the bloated government so much that his only motto is to do as little work as possible. He is more than happy to let Leslie be the de facto director. Swanson is somewhat of an oddball (his Office analog would be Dwight) for his views (he loves breakfast and brunettes, makes canoes and harps, lives a double life as a saxophonist named Duke Silver and on an on) but his oddities are wonderfully played by Nick Offerman.
Instead of yapping any more, let me give you one extremely funny example of what this show (and Swanson) is capable of (click on it to enlarge):
|Behold the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness!|
I highly recommend this show.