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Parks and Recreation: Season 1 (2009)



Critic Consensus: While it has yet to develop its own identity, Parks and Recreation's awkward and absurd humor hints at its potential to become a great comedy, thanks largely to the talents of Amy Poehler.


Air date: Apr 9, 2009
Air date: Apr 16, 2009
Air date: Apr 23, 2009
Air date: Apr 30, 2009
Air date: May 7, 2009
Air date: May 14, 2009

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This hilarious and warmhearted mockumentary series focuses on the parks-department employees at the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. While the department's workaholic deputy director, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), fervently believes in the government's capacity to do good, her resolve is tested by a modest project that requires her to fight through endless layers of bureaucracy and red tape: filling in an abandoned construction pit and turning it into a new park. Her allies in this cause include … More

Network: NBC
Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2009
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Amy Poehler
as Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones
as Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari
as Tom Haverford
Paul Schneider
as Mark Brendanawicz
Nick Offerman
as Ron Swanson
Chris Pratt
as Andy Dwyer
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (18)

There's more than enough absurd charm in the show to make the wait worthwhile.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The show is just good enough to keep you turning back in to see her [Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope] unwarranted optimism curdle.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Top Critic

It's funny, smart and fast. I hope it sticks around.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The pilot episode isn't perfect, but Ms. Poehler very nearly is.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

This is a show that knows its characters so well and is so consistent in the way it handles them that it's fun just to spend 22 minutes with them,

Full Review… | April 9, 2009

Parks seems inherently limited by a lack of what its protagonist has in abundance -- imagination.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
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