07/12/2012 10:45 am ET

Amy Poehler's 'Smart Girls At the Party' Isn't Smart Enough

Like all self-respecting feminist fans of funny, I worship at the altar of Amy Poehler, whose small-town, Middle-American bureaucrat-turned-city-councilwoman Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation is one of the most hilarious, positive portrayals of a woman anywhere on television. So I was excited for Smart Girls at the Party, Poehler's Web series aimed at celebrating "extraordinary individuals who are changing the world by being themselves."

Spotlighting intelligent young girls who might not fit the Disney Channel or ABC Family mode is a worthy goal. But Smart Girls at the Party feels less like an expression of Poehler's spiky humor than one of Leslie Knope's more-earnest and less-successful projects.

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