first off: everyone will tell you or have told you that ehh its a office US rip off. Why bother?
second off I do not care for what people say regarding tv shows at all. I would have worried a bit, a tiny teeny bit if I was being told that it was a rip off of "family guy" or "90210" because those shows I don't care about at all but the office US has been pretty good: would I mind an office rip off? hmmm no, I don't think so.
Now that I have addressed the elephant in the room so let me answer that and say that no it's not a rip off of the office.
There are many similarities. Both have same producers/ production company. (Do tell if I am wrong here) Both follow the mokumantry style that we see nowadays a lot in tv shows. But other than that, both are pretty much very different. I am disappointed that it is not a rip off as I was told/warned about but it has its own thing going and I like it a lot.
Note: I have been an avid viewer of the office UK and then US version. I am not following the current season because it has gone boring. I don't enjoy it much now. (Just to make sure that I know what I am talking about :) )
The main thing that this show makes you laugh about is how Leslie is so positive and energetic to make a big change but she is in a department which no one usually cares about. Her positivity and energy always meets up with tons of office works and committees and meetings etc. Season 1 was kind of drag and I was little disappointed but I like to give tv shows chances because I know that unlike movies they keep evolving themselves and after season 1, I decided to give season 2 a go and I could not stop laughing at it. I mean in season 1, I would smile or something and in season 2, I am pausing it to laugh. lol
Its a rare thing to laugh like that since I do not laugh at big bang theory, modern family, family guy, the simpsons, its always sunny in philedelphia, the office and even south park is being boring these days. All of these tv shows I now watch just to fill time and look at their ratings! These all are huge and yet getting un-funny.
For me, Park s and recreation is a fresh drop of comedy in modern tv and I look forward to its episodes. Great show :)