Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (2009-2010)
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The creative staff of "Parks and Recreation" recalibrated the tone of the series in its second season, transforming lead character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from a hopelessly ineffective bureaucrat to an inspirational force for good who actually gets things accomplished. Meanwhile, her coworkers at the parks department slowly become a makeshift family who support each other. Over the course of the season, they cohost a telethon, collaborate on a mural for city hall and help Tom Haverford (Aziz… More
as Leslie Knope
as Ann Perkins
as Tom Haverford
as April Ludgate
as Mark Brendanawicz
as Ron Swanson
as Leslie's Mom
as Joan Callamezzo
as Andy Dwyer
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Poehler and the writers have finetuned Leslie's character to be more sharp-tongued, less clueless, and more fearless.
Like a small miracle of second-act redemption, it comes back as a fully realized and very funny sitcom.
This show will have to come a long way to make me able to watch it.
Parks was disappointing in its first year but tonight's episode and one airing next week--with a storyline inspired by the Henry Louis Gates-cop kerfluffle--show that the program is making steady, funny progress.
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