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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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Universal acclaim- based on 205 Ratings

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  • Summary: The comedic minds that brought you The Office and Saturday Night Live have now conspired to create Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, a mid-level government employee who is trying to convert an abandoned construction pit into a usable community park while a documentaryThe comedic minds that brought you The Office and Saturday Night Live have now conspired to create Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, a mid-level government employee who is trying to convert an abandoned construction pit into a usable community park while a documentary camera crew follows her every step and misstep. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 24, 2011
    100
    Parks, in a sense, is Li'l Sebastian: shaggy, small-boned, charming and lovably stupid. [31 Jan 2011, p.39]
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 19, 2011
    100
    What makes these episodes feel extra-special is the sense of purpose to them. There's a big story being told here--not one that requires you to watch every episode (though your funny bone will thank you if you do), but one that seems to raise the stakes for everyone involved, and which makes the jokes funnier, the characters richer, in the process.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 19, 2011
    83
    The cast is phenomenal, the writing inventive and genuinely funny, and you could pick just about any character--Andy or Ann, or Ron or Tom (Aziz Ansari) and almost mistake them for the show lead instead of Poehler. But still not quite in the same league as the show that precedes or the one that follows.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 19, 2011
    80
    Seriously, one day, NBC will be run like a real network--and bask in the fact that our Pawnee pals have returned, and there are plenty of excellent episodes in store.
  5. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Feb 4, 2011
    80
    It consistently pokes fun at our culture and foibles in ways that are clever and sometimes sharp but never mean.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Swanson
    Jan 19, 2011
    75
    This season, the writers have taken her even further away from the cliche of the incompetent boss--currently being flogged to death by The Office. Leslie is now both realer and more amusing, the humor of her character stemming from the fact that she's good in a profession that no one, including her boss and her subordinates, seems to care too much about.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 20, 2011
    60
    Poehler has great skill at delivering outrageous lines in a droll deadpan. That sets the tone for a cast, including Lowe and Scott, with similar abilities. Too many of the sketches, though, cross that fine but visible line between bemused absurdity and slapstick.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    10
    Love it! Third season was flawless. Every episode was fantastic. The worst episode was still great. They deserved the Emmy instead of ModernLove it! Third season was flawless. Every episode was fantastic. The worst episode was still great. They deserved the Emmy instead of Modern Family, big time. Expand
  2. May 24, 2011
    10
    I love the NBC Thursday shows, including Parks and Rec. Poehlor is a fantastic actress and so is the rest of Tue cast. Behind Community thisI love the NBC Thursday shows, including Parks and Rec. Poehlor is a fantastic actress and so is the rest of Tue cast. Behind Community this is my favorite show, and I am very happy with the improvements it has made through the 3 seasons. Expand
  3. Apr 7, 2011
    10
    Ron Swanson is the greatest character on TV. This show is just flat out GREAT! Amy does a great job. I hope this replaces the office Time forRon Swanson is the greatest character on TV. This show is just flat out GREAT! Amy does a great job. I hope this replaces the office Time for a MEAT TORNADO Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2011
    10
    As a fan of the series from its beginning, I have seen Parks and Rec go from decent to fantastic. Season 3 continues this shows legacy as theAs a fan of the series from its beginning, I have seen Parks and Rec go from decent to fantastic. Season 3 continues this shows legacy as the funniest, smartest, and sweetest sitcom currently on TV. No other show on television has as many laughs per episode as Parks and Rec. No show has characters as interesting and lovable. No other show creates a town as real and like able as Pawnee. Step aside, Springfield, Pawnee is now TV's most beloved town. Parks and Recreation Season 3 is easily the best show on TV. If you haven't yet seen it, you are missing out on a lot of laughs. Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2011
    10
    The most clever and funny show currently on television. There is no excuse for not watching this show.The cast blends together so perfectly.The most clever and funny show currently on television. There is no excuse for not watching this show.The cast blends together so perfectly. Every person that had something to do with this show, brought their A-game. Pure hilarious fun! Expand
  6. May 2, 2011
    10
    This show is hilarious. Hands down, funniest show on TV. The dry, sarcastic delivery mixed with timely digs at government makes the showThis show is hilarious. Hands down, funniest show on TV. The dry, sarcastic delivery mixed with timely digs at government makes the show pitch perfect. Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2014
    8
    This season is not as funny as season two in my opinion. There is a bit more focus on relationships between the character than there is jokesThis season is not as funny as season two in my opinion. There is a bit more focus on relationships between the character than there is jokes and laughs. I really like the addition of Ben as a character. I thought Nick Offerman became funnier and funnier as the season went on and he has become one of my favorite characters. Season 4 here we come! Expand

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