Parks and Recreation 6 Seasons 2009

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Season 1
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Series Premiere -- Make my pit a park -- From Emmy Award-winning executive producers of "The Office" comes a new mockumentary that looks at the exciting world of local government. The documentary cameras follow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. In an attempt to beautify her town Leslie takes on what should be a fairly simple project: help local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park.

Starring:
Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones
Runtime:
22 minutes
Original air date:
April 9, 2009

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Season 1
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    1. Pilot Series Premiere -- Make my pit a park -- From Emmy Award-winning executive producers of "The Office" comes a new mockumentary that looks at the exciting world of local government. The documentary cameras follow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. In an attempt to beautify her town Leslie takes on what should be a fairly simple project: help local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park.

    TV-PG 22min April 9, 2009
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    2. Canvassing Leslie takes her message to the streets.

    TV-PG 22min April 16, 2009
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    3. The Reporter Leslie has trouble with a reporter.

    TV-PG 22min April 23, 2009
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    4. Boy's Club Leslie breaks into the boys club.

    TV-PG 22min April 30, 2009
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    5. The Banquet Leslie makes an impression at her mother's banquet.

    TV-PG 22min May 7, 2009
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    6. Rock Show Leslie balances her personal and professional duties.

    TV-PG 27min May 14, 2009

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Greg Daniels
Starring Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones
Supporting actors Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Ian Roberts, Loudon Wainwright III, Jim O'Heir, Retta, Martin Chow, Bryce Hurless, Jonathan C. Daly, Lennon Wynn
Season year 2009
Network NBC
Executive Producer Tucker Cawley
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Watch a few episodes, and you will be hooked!
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I highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys a good comedy.
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The show is hilarious, with a great cast of characters.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By D. Barbour on September 9, 2009
Format: DVD
When I watched the first episode of "Parks and Recreation", I was let down. It was unfunny, unoriginal, and dull. Being an Amy Poehler fan though, I decided to stick with it to see if it improved. To my surprise, not only did it improve, it became better than most sitcoms out there nowadays. If you reviewed this negatively based solely on the first episode, I would suggest watching the entire season as even I agree with your first episode assessment. If you like "30 Rock" and "The Office", this show fits in nicely to that style of comedy.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hine on September 19, 2009
Format: DVD
Back in 2008 there was much talk of a spinoff of The Office. Rashida Jones was attached. Would her Office character Karen Fillippelli be getting her own show? (Answer: no.)

Then, despite the involvement of Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the line became "don't call it an Office spinoff." (Answer: too late.)

Then Amy Poehler quit SNL to headline the show.

Then Parks And Recreation debuted in April 2009 and people immediately ripped it apart for being too much like The Office (mockumentary style, workplace setting) or not like The Office enough (no Michael-Jim-Pam-Dwight... not even a Karen Fillippelli).

I have no idea how the show actually came about. But during the development process, there was also a rather inspirational Presidential campaign playing in the background of everyone's lives. A new day dawned in America. And somehow the non-Office-spin-off show that emerged was set in local government (the Pawnee, Indiana Parks & Recreation department). With a lead character who believes (perhaps, naively) that government can still be made to work for the people. With an emphasis on grassroots citizen involvement. And even a few raised voices at town hall meetings.

The show centers on Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope. And Poehler nails it. She's created a character who is intense, focused, tenacious, clueless and annoyingly lovable. Her efforts to turn a dangerous abandoned construction project (a.k.a. "the pit") into a community park are, in her mind, a launch pad for a future presidential bid.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Westley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2010
Format: DVD
"Parks and Recreation" debuted in April, 2009, with a limited 6-episode first season run. The show was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, who helped adapt the American version of "The Office" (Schur also plays Dwight's cousin, Mose). Filmed in the same mockumentary style as "The Office," the show is bound to draw comparisons. I'm a huge fan of "The Office," so that's what drew me to this show, and I was more or less satisfied. Both shows also feature rather mundane work settings populated with less than stellar workers. With "Parks and Recreation," we get Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), who is the naive second-in-charge at the parks and recreation office in fictional Pawnee, Indiana. Leslie believes that she can make a difference, and she aspires to be like some of her favorite female politicians (her office walls are lines with photos of the likes of Hilary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi).

Leslie regularly holds town forums for parks and rec, and at one of these meetings a young nurse, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), relates that her boyfriend fell into a pit on a vacant lot and broke both his legs. Leslie is horrified and agrees to look into the problem; when the crowd responds favorably, Leslie begins to (as is her m.o.) overpromise and tells Ann that she will build a park on the lot. Ann is skeptical, but this promise sets into motion the main plot line for the series - Leslie's futile efforts to build the park.

Amy Poehler makes a likeable protagonist, and the supporting players in the series are uniformly terrific. Rashida's Ann character is mostly the straight man, but the other supporting characters are often hilarious. In particular, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is a great comic creation - equal parts horny flirt, sarcastic troublemaker, and suck-up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Drew's Used Games on September 23, 2012
I love this show. I've tried to get into the office, as it seems like a very cool show, but it always winds up boring me. This show does not. I find myself caring about the characters in this show far more than I do in most shows. The writing is good, the direction is good, and it's just all in all fun to watch. I hope it lasts a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duncan on February 8, 2012
This first season does suck, but it's only 6 episodes, so just push through, because season 2 is quite good, and from what I've heard, it continues to get better still.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ben on August 27, 2010
Format: DVD
Season 1 of Parks and Recreation is difficult to recommend for several reasons. For starters, it's incredibly short. At only 6 episodes, I almost wish they waited and just released a set with both seasons 1 and 2. Secondly, for people that are interested in the show, the six episodes presented here are simply not enough to give an accurate representation of what the show would blossom into. Lastly, 29.99 is a bit steep for a DVD set this small (and by set I mean...it's only 1 DVD).

I enjoy The Office. I'm not a huge fan by any means, but it's a good show that I'll turn on from time to time. The first couple episodes of P&R are a little too 'Officey.' By that I mean Amy Poehler's character spends too much time being the butt of every joke thrown her way. This 'awkward' style of humor is okay in short bursts. It even has the potential to be side splitting. However, most of it here comes across as mean spirited and irritating.

Now that I've said that, rest assured Parks and Recreation picks up VERY quickly. If you can trudge through the first few episodes, you will be rewarded with some great characters, madcap story lines, and a refreshing view of what government *could* be if more people like Leslie Knope were involved. Leslie soon evolves from the show's goat to being a very sweet, positive, outgoing, and occasionally naive person...which is definitely much more (and much better) than just 'female Michael Scott.'

Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman regularly steal scenes as Leslie's employee and employer, respectively. The intern April, played by Aubrey Plaza, has little else to do in season 1 other than scowl and whine.
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