IGN writes: "Wow! What a difference a summer makes. What was a semi-amusing, mostly bereft six-episode first season of Parks and Recreation, from last spring, blossomed and evolved into a wonderfully layered comedic smorgasbord during Season 2. Out were the one-note, dry characters that felt irrelevant and immaterial. In were actual functioning people with hearts and feelings who we could readily invest ourselves in. But there were no cast changes. That was the greatest trick of all. They were the same characters. They just needed time to ferment. Time to breathe. And time for the writers to figure out just what made them tick and what made them funny".