Parks and Recreation

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 8 Seasons
  • 8.6  (289,968)

Parks and Recreation is a hilarious sitcom from NBC that aired from 2009 to 2015. The show follows the lives of the employees of the Parks and Recreation Department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. The main protagonist is Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, who is a dedicated and enthusiastic government employee with a passion for making her town a better place to live in.

Leslie's team consists of a motley crew of characters, each with their own quirks and personalities. Rob Lowe plays the role of Chris Traeger, a high-energy health nut who is always on the go. Aziz Ansari plays the role of Tom Haverford, a fast-talking, entrepreneurial government employee who is always looking for the next big thing. Chris Pratt plays the role of Andy Dwyer, a lovable and goofy slacker who starts off as a shoeshiner at city hall but eventually becomes Leslie's assistant.

Other members of the Parks and Recreation team include Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, a nurse who becomes Leslie's best friend and confidante; Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Leslie's gruff and no-nonsense boss who has a love for woodworking and meat; Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, a sardonic and sarcastic intern who eventually becomes a full-time employee; Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz, a disillusioned government employee who eventually leaves the department; Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, a state auditor who becomes a love interest for Leslie and eventually joins the department full-time; Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich, a hapless and accident-prone employee who is constantly the butt of everyone's jokes; Retta as Donna Meagle, a sassy and confident employee who is always up for a good time; and Billy Eichner as Craig Middlebrooks, a flamboyant and high-strung employee who joins the department in later seasons.

Throughout the show's seven seasons, Parks and Recreation is known for its clever writing, sharp wit, and lovable characters. The show tackles a wide range of topics, from local politics and government bureaucracy to dating and relationships. The humor is often absurd and slapstick, but there are also moments of genuine heart that make the show stand out from other sitcoms.

One of the show's strengths is its ability to balance its large ensemble cast. While Leslie is clearly the main character, every member of the Parks and Recreation team gets their chance to shine. Each character is given their own storylines and character arcs, allowing the audience to get to know them on a deeper level. As a result, every character feels fully realized and integral to the show's success.

Another standout feature of Parks and Recreation is its use of mockumentary-style filming. This style, which is similar to The Office, allows the characters to speak directly to the camera and break the fourth wall. This style of filming gives the show a unique and fun energy that sets it apart from other sitcoms.

Overall, Parks and Recreation is a must-watch show for anyone who loves hilarious comedies with heart. The show's characters are lovable, the writing is clever, and the humor is sharp. Parks and Recreation is a show that will make you laugh, cry, and above all, make you feel good.

Parks and Recreation is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (127 episodes). The series first aired on April 9, 2009.

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Pawnee's most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.
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Parks and Recreation is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Parks and Recreation on demand at Peacock Premium, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 9, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (289,968)