The show got off to a slow start in ratings, but has always been conspicuous for the fresh characterizations and its subtle humor. People who disdain television still tune into this Poehler showcase. And it is renewed for the 2013/14 season.
One show the past season featured Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) as a guest on a talk show who found himself forced to take over for the host who is visibly drunk. The answer Swanson gives to one caller is that "Any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are pointless."
If humor is a gauge of the health of a society, the United States is doing just fine.