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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 276 Ratings

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  • Summary: The mockumentary comedy follows the life of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a Parks and Recreation employee.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel Carlson
    80
    To act as if Parks has to be measured against that show's [The Office] standard gives short shrift to a genuinely funny and engaging comedy that bears stylistic similarities to "Office" but has a heart and mind all its own.
  2. There's more than enough absurd charm in the show, meanwhile, to make the wait worthwhile.
  3. It has a kind of sunny charm, a premise fit for a novel, and is built upon a pair of strong female leads, a rare enough thing in sitcoms. Poehler and Jones have a nice, contrapuntal rhythm. I stamp this show: approved.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    This is a civil servant who has yet to be jaded, and the show is just good enough to keep you turning back in to see her unwarranted optimism curdle.
  5. The pilot is not especially funny. But it has potential.
  6. 50
    The problem with the pilot is in tone. Self-important and silly but optimistic and sweet is a hard mark to hit week after week.
  7. Parks and Recreation emerges a miscast mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 53
  2. Negative: 9 out of 53
  1. Jan 14, 2013
    10
    This review and gangster squad review confirm critics know nothing about anything. This is the best show on TV, you need to watch a couples ofThis review and gangster squad review confirm critics know nothing about anything. This is the best show on TV, you need to watch a couples of episodes before you really appreciate it. Who cares if it's "the same" as the office? And its not! Expand
  2. JoeN
    Jan 25, 2010
    10
    A show with one of the most talented and well-scripted ensembles ever and certainly the best of running comedies! With each episode, nearly A show with one of the most talented and well-scripted ensembles ever and certainly the best of running comedies! With each episode, nearly all members have improved their performance and added depth to their character. Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    Absolutely love this show. It is always so funny and I love the cast. Amy Poehler is so cute and hilarious. The show is always fun and isAbsolutely love this show. It is always so funny and I love the cast. Amy Poehler is so cute and hilarious. The show is always fun and is great on the NBC Thursday night lineup. I hope we continue to see this show on for along time to come. Expand
  4. Diego
    Apr 12, 2009
    8
    The show has amazing potential. While it's very "The Office" I'll have to echo the critics in saying that it will surely find its The show has amazing potential. While it's very "The Office" I'll have to echo the critics in saying that it will surely find its own voice in the upcoming episodes. And with the immense talent of Amy Pohler, we just may have another great prime time comedy. Expand
  5. JohnH
    Jun 1, 2009
    6
    Only really watchable because of the shows surrounding it.
  6. Apr 27, 2014
    5
    Taking into consideration the short, dorky first season, Parks and Recreation is a dumber, toned down version of The Office. Amy Poehler onTaking into consideration the short, dorky first season, Parks and Recreation is a dumber, toned down version of The Office. Amy Poehler on the lead tries everything she can but in the end, the result is a mixed bag of childish jokes, political innuendo that comes out rather flat and an extremely short range of characters that have lots of screen time but little background knowledge.
    The first season is not entirely bad. The pilot, unfortunately, gives a bad first impression. Is silly, way too mild, with no sharp Poehler humour to be found. Chapter 2 is also something of an abomination. Then the show starts to picks up, finding more love in the characters and taking advantage of the Mockumentary formula. It is a skippable season, due to length and quality, and to say its the worst of the 6 its an undeniable truth.
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  7. SheckyJ
    Dec 18, 2009
    0
    Amy Poehler proves without a doubt that she lacks any true acting or comedic skills. One must conclude that the staying power of this show Amy Poehler proves without a doubt that she lacks any true acting or comedic skills. One must conclude that the staying power of this show thus far has more to do with her network of NBC brass than with talent or viewership. Expand

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