Parks and Recreation: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
Parks and Recreation

Critics 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.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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Air date: Apr 9, 2009

Mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) takes on what should be a fairly simple project: turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but navigating the local government of Pawnee, Ind., proves to be quite the challenge.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2009

Leslie embarks on a door-to-door campaign, hoping to build support for the park project, while Tom resorts to more questionable tactics.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2009

Leslie invites a reporter to cover her park project, but the resulting article isn't what she had in mind. Meanwhile, Tom sucks up to Ron.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2009

Leslie faces an ethical dilemma when she tries to "break into the "old boys' club" of politics. Elsewhere, Andy (Chris Pratt) plans a surprise for Ann.

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Air date: May 7, 2009

A banquet honoring Leslie's mother is held, and Leslie makes a memorable impression -- but not a very good one. Meanwhile, Mark and Tom try to pick up some ladies.

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Air date: May 14, 2009

Leslie tries to impress a Pawnee bigwig, while the rest of the gang attends Andy's first gig since he broke his legs in the pit.

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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 nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), whose slacker boyfriend Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) broke both of his legs after falling into the pit; totally apathetic intern April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza); coworker Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), who spends most of his day dreaming up get-rich-quick schemes; city planner and ladies' man Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider); and staunchly libertarian parks director Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), who believes the government has no business trying to improve anything.

Cast & Crew

Amy Poehler
Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones
Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari
Tom Haverford
Aubrey Plaza
April Ludgate
Nick Offerman
Ron Swanson
Paul Schneider
Mark Brendanawicz
Chris Pratt
Andy Dwyer
Pamela Reed
Marlene Knope
Ian Roberts
Jim O'Heir
Jerry Gergich
Retta
Donna Meagle
William Walton
Bartender
Michael Patrick Breen
Banquet Attendee
Mark Rivers
Scarecrow Boat Drums
Bianca D'Ambrosio
Kate's Daughter
Chiara D'Ambrosio
Kate's Daughter
Arne Starr
Banquet Guest
Greg Daniels
Executive Producer
Michael Schur
Executive Producer
Howard Klein
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 1

  • Jul 08, 2021
    The show gets going at a fast pace here, but it's not quite at it's full potential here.
  • Jul 06, 2021
    It's very funny but their was a weak link and they fixed it with a new approach
  • Mar 28, 2021
    It's a rough start to the series but it's still good.
  • Feb 12, 2021
    Meh. Too woody and pithy, lacking proper character development and real comedy value to the script. Not a complete faceplant, however
  • Feb 01, 2021
    What is not to love about season 1 of one of the best comedies in the last 30 years?
  • Nov 08, 2020
    It may not be as funny as the other seasons but still the best series that exists
  • Oct 20, 2020
    It might be the worst season of the series , it shows the series' potential.
  • Oct 19, 2020
    Look, it might not be as good as the other seasons, but I stand by my opinion that this show is a masterpiece. Thus, it deserves five stars. Can't be a masterpiece without the maximum rating, now can it?
  • Jul 26, 2020
    I can't believe how poorly reviewed the first season was. It deserves all five stars. Amy truly is amazing.
  • Jul 08, 2020
    Far, far better than the office. So kind and funny and charming. Absolutely phenomenal. Amy Poehler is excellent.

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