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OMDB: 0433495
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 22 min
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Amy Poehler Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones Ann Perkins
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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation title card
Genre Mockumentary
Situation Comedy
Created by Greg Daniels
Michael Schur
Starring Amy Poehler
Aziz Ansari
Rashida Jones
Aubrey Plaza
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Greg Daniels
Michael Schur
Howard Klein
Producer(s) Morgan Sackett
Amy Poehler
Original channel NBC
Original airing April 9, 2009
Related shows The Office
External links
Official website

Parks and Recreation[1] is an American comedy television series.

Parks and Recreation began broadcasting on April 9, 2009[2] on NBC and is co-created by The Office adapter Greg Daniels and The Office writer Michael Schur. After early speculation, NBC chairman Ben Silverman confirmed that the show is not a spin off of The Office, but will be a mockumentary style series shot in a similar vein.

[edit] Plot

The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana.[3] Knope takes on a project from a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern.

[edit] Production

Principal photography began on Feb. 18, 2009.[4]

[edit] Logo

The logo for Parks & Recreation is based on a design originally intended for the City of Fort Collins[5], but was rejected. Instead, the City used a similar logo with left swooping shape replaced with the outline of Fort Collins' famous landmark, Horsetooth Mountain.

[edit] Reception

[edit] Critical Reception

The series debut was met with mixed reviews from critics.[6] Entertainment Weekly praised the series, stating, "While I laughed out loud only a few times during Parks' pilot, I dug the performances, the attitude, and the atmosphere that's being created. One would be foolish to underestimate the series this early on."[7] Daniel Karlson of Hollywood Reporter pointed that it's a "genuinely funny and engaging comedy that bears stylistic similarities to 'Office' but has a heart and mind all its own".[8] Metacritic assigned a rating of 58/100 based on 23 reviews.[9]

A less favorable review from Robert Bianco of USA Today said that the show "never expends enough energy to even approach funny".[10] Jonathan Storm of Philadelphia Inquirer dismissed the series quoting "Parks and Recreation emerges a miscast mess".[11]

[edit] Rating

The series premiered with an average of 6.77 million viewers, and ranked second in demo ratings between 18-49 adults, with 3.0/9 share.[12][13]

[edit] Cast

  • Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a "mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana"[14] who hopes to advance her career and improve her town, while working towards her goal of becoming the first female president.
  • Ann Perkins[3] (Rashida Jones), a nurse who works with Leslie on a project to turn a construction pit into a park.
  • Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider), Leslie's colleague and unrequited love interest.[2]
  • Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), a government official who changed his name from Aziz Abdul Al'Rahman to be more appealing in politics.[14]
  • April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), Leslie's bored college-aged intern whom she hopes to inspire.
  • Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), Leslie's superior at work. He is strongly anti-government and wishes to privatize the parks department.
  • Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), Ann's "loser musician boyfriend."

[edit] References

  1. ^ Preview Clip of Parks and Recreation
  2. ^ a b Amy Poehler comedy 'Parks and Recreation' adds cast
  3. ^ a b Poehler mockumentary is set in Indiana,, 15 January 2009.
  4. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin; Natalie Abrams (2009-02-18). "Amy Poehler's New Show Starts Today". E! Online - Watch with Kristin. Retrieved on 2009-03-04. 
  5. ^ Rejected logo resurfaces in TV spoof
  6. ^ "Parks and Recreation (NBC)". 2009-04-08. Retrieved on 2009-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Parks and Recreation (TV Review)". Entertainment Weekly. 2009-04-09.,,20270912,00.html. Retrieved on 2009-04-10. 
  8. ^ "TV Review: Parks and Recreation". Hollywood Reporter. 2009-04-07. Retrieved on 2009-04-10. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "'Parks' is like a bad day at 'The Office,' even with likable Poehler". USA Today. 2009-04-08. Retrieved on 2009-04-10. 
  11. ^ "Jonathan Storm: Slack-time winners". Philadelphia Inquirer . 2009-04-09. Retrieved on 2009-04-10. 
  12. ^ "Thursday Ratings: Modest success for Southland and Parks and Recreation". 2009-04-10. Retrieved on 2009-04-10. 
  13. ^ {{cite web|url=,0,1152083.story| title='Parks and Recreation,' 'Southland' debut strongly on NBC|accessdate=2009-04-10|date=2009-04-10|publisher=[[Los Angeles Times}}
  14. ^ a b Press Tour Journal: Poehler series' premise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 15 January 2009.

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