Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (2009 - 2010)

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Parks and Recreation sophomore season improves tremendously by finding fresh ways of utilizing its lovable ensemble while setting a buoyant new tone.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2009

In the Season 2 opener, Leslie tries to drum up publicity for the Pawnee zoo by arranging for two penguins to wed, but she inadvertently causes an uproar when both penguins turn out to be male. Elsewhere, Mark sets his sights on Ann and asks her out on a date.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2009

Leslie finds marijuana planted in her new community garden, so she holds an all-night stakeout to catch the culprit. Meanwhile, with Leslie's permission, Ann agrees to go on a date with Mark.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2009

Leslie judges the Miss Pawnee beauty pageant and finds herself in conflict with the other judges on what defines an "ideal woman." Meanwhile, Ann learns some interesting news about Andy during a date with Mark. Louis C.K. ("Lucky Louie") guest stars.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2009

Leslie goes on a practice date with Ann in preparation for hte night out with Dave (Louis C.K.). Elsewhere, a sex scandal involving a local councilman unfolds, prompting Tom, Ron, April and Mark to see who can dig up the most dirt on each other.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009

The Parks and Recreation department from Boraqua, Venezuela, Pawnee's sister city, visits, and Leslie is shocked by the cultural differences. Meanwhile, April plays hard to get.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2009

The department helps the nonprofit group KaBOOM! build a playground in a neighboring town. When the entire project is completed in one day, Leslie grows frustrated with the lack of progress of her own pit, prompting her to seek advice from Mark on cutting through the red tape.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2009

A teen vandal torments Leslie, so she enlists Dave and Andy to help her catch the young lawbreaker. Elsewhere, Ann decides to throw a Halloween party and gets help from an unlikely source.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2009

Megan Mullally guest stars as Ron's ex-wife Tammy, who runs the local library and wants to take over Leslie's lot. Also: Andy tries to win Ann back by getting a job.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2009

A mural depicting the "Spirit of Pawnee" is defaced at City Hall, prompting the Parks Department to come up with a new design. Elsewhere, Andy and Ron share an uncomfortable moment while getting their shoes shined.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2009

Hoping to prove she can hang with the guys, Leslie invites herself on Ron's annual hunting trip. Back at the office, April and Andy bond while everyone else is away.

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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 (23) | Top Critics (11)

Leslie has become less of a punching bag (or, rather, a more multifaceted one), and Ann has dumped Andy. These shifts in plotting have freed up the writers to make better use of the ensemble cast, where charm runs deep into the bench

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…
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For starters, it's flat, forced and messagey.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Quite brilliant: clever, witty and no longer completely reliant on the cringe-inducing humour that turned some viewers off the early episodes.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

After a slow start in its first season, this show is firing on all pistons, transforming a source of kooky, mild amusement to the kind of smart, incisive parody that's utterly addictive.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Parks' characters feel significantly more real and the groundwork seems laid for a sophomore effort.

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"Parks" has solidified Pawnee as the most vivid and hilarious fictional town since The Simpsons' Springfield.

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All that's really different is that the show's writers were able to implement all of their "what worked, what didn't work" lessons from Season One and flesh out the characters. But, wow, what a difference it makes.

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

The characters on Parks and Recreation are extremely strong. They have depth and are hilarious. Even Amy Poehler has toned it back of late, allowing for a more well-rounded and believable character.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

You wouldn't think a show could thrive when its most significant ongoing story involves filling in a pit, but the performers have gently asserted themselves.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The second season of Parks and Recreation is a magical series of episodes that managed to transform a struggling knockoff of The Office into a funny, confident, fully wonderful sitcom of its own.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Something amazing happened: Parks and Recreation almost instantly turned into the best and funniest show on television.

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

Parks has truly had one of the most impressive seasons of any shows on television and it's truly amazing where the show has come from its failed first season.

Oct 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parks and Recreation: Season 2

  • Mar 20, 2020
    Leslie Knope continues her quest to build a park in Season 2 of Parks and Recreation. This season the Pawnee Parks Department hosts a visit from officials from their sister city in Venezuela, participate in a telethon, shoot a new cover for their Summer Catalog, and go on a hunting trip. Additionally, Andy attempts to win back Ann and Leslie wades into the dating pool. The writers do an especially good job at expanding on and developing the characters; playing up the ensemble aspect and given each character their moment (even the supporting ones). And, the show addresses some interesting issues, such as government partnerships with businesses, politicizing awards, and budget cuts. Also, some interesting guest stars are featured; including Will Arnett, John Larroquette, Natalie Morales, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe. Entertaining and full of laughs, Parks and Recreation delivers a great second season.
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  • Aug 15, 2020
    U can literally feel the show improve the moment Mark leaves the show
  • Jun 03, 2020
    The Cream rises... still better seasons ahead
  • May 03, 2020
    Parks had a rocky start but finally lands on its feet in season 2 with perfectly formed plots that always moves forward no matter the circumstance.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    A big step-up from season 1 and showed what was to come in future seasons.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    Better than the first season with hillarous moments
  • Jan 24, 2020
    Very, Very, Very GREAT season! The comedy continues and has some great episodes. And, as long as I have more Parks And Rec, I'm happy.
  • Dec 19, 2019
    The show starts to take its own path with season 2, but some flaws are still there. My rating: A-
  • 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.

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