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Parks and Recreation 7 Seasons 2009

Season 1
4.2 out of 5 stars (818) IMDb 8.6/10

From Emmy Award winning executive producers/writers Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) and Michael Schur (The Office, Saturday Night Live) comes a new comedy about a place where nothing always gets done...small town government.

Starring:
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman

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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 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 9, 2009
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2. Canvassing

Leslie takes her message to the streets.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 16, 2009
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3. The Reporter

Leslie has trouble with a reporter.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 23, 2009
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4. Boy's Club

Leslie breaks into the boys club.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 30, 2009
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5. The Banquet

Leslie makes an impression at her mother's banquet.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 7, 2009
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6. Rock Show

Leslie balances her personal and professional duties.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: May 14, 2009
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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Starring Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman
Supporting actors Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Jim O'Heir, Retta, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jay Jackson, Paul Schneider, Ben Schwartz, Mo Collins, Yvans Jourdain, Jon Glaser, Billy Eichner, Andy Forrest, James Greene, Andrew Burlinson
Season year 2009
Network NBC
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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I watched this show when it first aired and it never really resonated with me. But I tried it out again this year and suddenly I found it much funnier. I still think the 'documentary style' is a little played out. NBC put Parks and Rec on with this style in the middle of the fame of The Office. They had a formula that works and they ran with it. Maybe because I was watching The Office at the time I didn't have room for another documentary style sit com.

But now that it's the only documentary style sit com I'm watching it's suddenly really funny to me. One of the things that makes the show funny is the reaction shots of other characters to the stupidity of the shows situations. Those make scenes funny and really bring the jokes home.

Also somehow the Ron Swanson character didn't appeal to me back when this show was new. Now I see why people think he's one of the greatest characters on TV.

All in all, if you gave up on this series years ago like I did, give it another shot.
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