Parks and Recreation: Season 1 (2009)

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Parks and Recreation

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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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User Ratings: 549

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 9, 2009
2
Air date: Apr 16, 2009
3
Air date: Apr 23, 2009
4
Air date: Apr 30, 2009
5
Air date: May 7, 2009
6
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 (37) | Top Critics (22)

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…

Parks and Recreation is a show that is impossible not to befriend.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It is hard to fall head over heels over the pilot of "P&R" because it doesn't tickle the funny bone that often and seems so much like an "Office" rerun.

Feb 14, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Okay, so maybe the show isn't quite as quotable as The Office, but with only six episodes to impress, Parks and Recreation does a far better job convincing its audience to tune in for a second season than its counterpart did in its freshman year.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Poehler has the skills to pull off the role -- Leslie is sweetly, credibly dumb -- but this kind of sitcom needs to build slowly. For now the biggest laughs go to Nick Offerman as her boss.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Parks and Recreation may grow and find its own voice.... Unfortunately, nothing in tonight's pilot [made me laugh], not once. I was hoping for more, and expecting it, too.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Poor Leslie is beset on all sides by a slapdash supporting team of lazy and selfish workers, who seems to find no greater joy than watching her fail on a grand scale. This series has a ton of potential going forward.

Oct 9, 2019 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Parks and Recreation is a swell little show that is still figuring out exactly what it wants to be. Fans of The Office will likely enjoy the program but most will likely consider it as a weak little sister.

Oct 9, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    This season is important to the storyline, but is complete garbage. It is not very funny until Chris Pratt is in the room. Amy Poehler is very weird and freaky in this season. I feel she didn't really adapt to her character well in this season.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    good but not as good as later seasons
  • May 02, 2020
    The Office like Parks and Recreation shows a ton of potential through Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope.
  • Jan 10, 2019
    I LIKE WHERE THIS IS GOING.AMY POHLER IS THE GOOD INTENTIONED MS KNOPE WHO DOES HER BEST FOR HER TOWN, IN A COMEDY OF ERRORS WITHIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT,
  • Dec 21, 2018
    The first time I saw this it was an episode somewhere in the middle of the series and I didn't get it. So didn't watch more. Then I had the chance to start at episode one. Gotta start there to appreciate, for me at least. Then I binged for a few hours. Don't have time to watch every series I start. Who does? But I may visit again. I developed a soft spot for Amy Poehler's grown up girlscout optimism. Yes we're going to sell the cookies. Yes, we're going to build this park!
  • Apr 25, 2018
    Good show could be more funny 7/10
  • Jan 22, 2018
    Parks and Recreation season 1 is a bad example for the rest of the show. Start with a later episode and I promise it gets good.
  • Jan 09, 2018
    While "Parks and Recreation" season 1 has a rocky start, it luckily got better for every season onward to become my favorite show of all time. These are my rating for each episode of Season 1: "Pilot"- B+ "Canvassing"- B "The Reporter- A- "Boy's Club"- A- "The Banquet"- B+ "Rock Show"- A+ (One of my favorite episode of the series)

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