not sure if you guys knew this or not but Parks and Recreation was originally picked up by NBC to be an unnamed spinoff of The Office. Eventually the people behind both shows decided to separate it from The Office and put it in a setting of local government. Now, I love the setting of a local government, however, I am frustrated that they put it in a separate world from The Office.The two shows are far too similar in tone for producers to basically set them in different television universes. It would be even better if it was a spinoff. Just imagine characters guest starring in each other's shows. Michael Scott visits Pawnee. One of the best things about sitcoms in decades past would be that several were connected to each other and this would allow a two part story, etc. to run from one show to the other.
Keep in mind: I am not saying that the show should revolve around a major character spun off from The Office; I am saying that the show (set up as it is now) should have been connected to the same television universe as The Office, which would allow stories, jokes to flow from one show to the other. They could have made it a spinoff by having Leslie guest star in a few episodes before the premiere of P&R. P&R would be the same but Pawnee could be located in Pennslyvania instead (it's fictional anyway). I also feel that Rashida Jones' P&R character should have been Karen Fillapelli instead of nurse Ann.