MC@Work: Reality Check

From hard-hitting news producers to terrorist-hunting CIA agents, the range of careers held down by our favorite female characters on TV has never been wider. But just how realistic are these portrayals? Marie Claire asked real-life pros to weigh in.


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    The Job: Deputy Parks Director

    PARKS AND RECREATION: Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)

    WHAT THE SHOW NAILS: Public service. "She really cares about green spaces, parks, and making sure kids have playgrounds," says Susan Beaurain, division manager for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation in Carmel, Indiana. "You couldn't do this job if you didn't."

    WHAT'S PURE FICTION: Fiscal ignorance. "Leslie's always incredibly naive about who will fund her pet projects. In real life, you need to have an idea of the funding source before you come up with the idea."

    Dean Hendler/NBC
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