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.


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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 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.

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Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18)

Part of Parks and Recreation feels uncomfortable, which would be more tolerable if the rest of the show felt funny.

Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Leslie and her outsized enthusiasm for everything D.C. is a gold mine.

Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The show is just good enough to keep you turning back in to see her [Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope] unwarranted optimism curdle.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…
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I laughed, often, both while reading the script and while watching the completed pilot.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Parks and Recreation has many distinctions, not least of all the hugely talented Poehler from Saturday Night Live, who promises to develop Leslie slowly, without the haste required in sketch comedy.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

It swerves around the pitfalls of sitcom tedium, thanks to some of the most memorable comedy characters in TV history...

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Possibly the most feel-good show of all time.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of The Office, you'll probably like this Amy Poehler vehicle that has the Saturday Night Live alum starring as a clueless parks department employee.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Putting Leslie at the heart of everything means that her relentless optimism lifts and defines the show.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A decent enough but not hugely original debut season.

Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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