Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (2009 - 2010)


Season 2
Parks and Recreation

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Air date: Sep 17, 2009
Air date: Sep 24, 2009
Air date: Oct 1, 2009
Air date: Oct 8, 2009
Air date: Oct 15, 2009
Air date: Oct 22, 2009
Air date: Oct 29, 2009
Air date: Nov 5, 2009
Air date: Nov 12, 2009
Air date: Nov 19, 2009
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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 Ansari) get over his divorce. And the biggest change to the show came at the end of Season 2: City planner Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) leaves Pawnee, while two new government officials played by Rob Lowe and Adam Scott join the cast.

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Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation Season 2

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

For starters, it's flat, forced and messagey.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Y'all are right. It is good, and it has found its comedic legs. It's amusing, even if it's never show-stopping.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Even the weaker threads of the ensemble are tidied up, with one major character's departure and the introduction of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott for the final two episodes. From then on, one of the funniest shows on TV is also the one with the biggest heart.

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

This show will have to come a long way to make me able to watch it.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like a small miracle of second-act redemption, it comes back as a fully realized and very funny sitcom.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Parks & Rec is really living up to its potential now. I told you so.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Poehler and the writers have finetuned Leslie's character to be more sharp-tongued, less clueless, and more fearless.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 2

  • Mar 31, 2019
    Parks and Recreation: Season 2 Simply lovable
  • Jan 10, 2019
    I LIKE this more..AMY POHLER IS THE GOOD INTENTIONED MS KNOPE WHO DOES HER BEST FOR HER TOWN, even if she has to do things herself. the supporting cast has become a true ensemble this season.
  • Nov 17, 2018
    I have watched this show through over 10 times and I still laugh every time, it's truly perfection.
  • Jun 14, 2018
    A large improvement to season 1
  • Apr 25, 2018
    This season is way better then the first one 10/10
  • Apr 24, 2018
    Absolutely Amazing Comedy with Likeable and Believable Characters and fantastic Writing. I can't wait to see future seasons!
  • Dec 24, 2017
    Funny weird and cringe in a good way
  • Apr 17, 2017
    Much better than the previous season and gets better with every episode.
  • Jun 27, 2016
    Parks and Rec improves upon itself in the second season, adding great new characters and far more laughs.
  • Jun 23, 2016
    'Parks and Recreation' continues to impress -- and season 2 shines with its weird personalities, embarrassing characters and hilarious moments. Characters are finally given more time to develop and show their true self and less zombie-alike like what we saw in S01. We finally get to know them, and it really is a ride of fun! The show is full of positivity, not only due to the awesome characters but also due to the clever story! Sure it's not always funny nor got a very interesting plot -- but it's the beloved characters that counts! Overall personal rating for each episode: 73.8/100 Personal rating: 80/100 Critical rating: 80/100

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