Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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In an attempt to beautify her town, Leslie Knope takes on the seemingly simple job of helping turn an abandoned construction pit into a park.


Greg Daniels


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Episode complete credited cast:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Paul Schneider ... Mark Brendanawicz
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Ian Roberts ... Ian Winston
Loudon Wainwright III ... Barry (as Loudon Wainwright)
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Martin Chow ... David
Bryce Hurless ... Older Boy
Jon Daly ... Drunk
Lennon Wynn Lennon Wynn ... Little Girl


A new documentary following Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana as she attempts to advance her career and make her town more beautiful by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn a construction pit into a park. Written by Anonymous

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9 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Aziz Ansari improvised some of his dialogue during the pilot, including his awkward flirtation with Ann during the community forum and the things Leslie has done while drunk. See more »


Mark Brendanawicz: Leslie is - unique. Um... Government work can beat you down. I would say that I lost my optimism about government in about two months. Leslie's kept hers for six years.
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Lady Marmalade
Performed by Amy Poehler
Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
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6 February 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The pilot episode of Parks and Recreation is in the same vein as the mockumentary The Office.

The first episode concentrates on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) who has spent six years as bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department in the town of Pawnee, Indiana. She has still managed to retain her enthusiasm despite her head Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) hating local government and would like the parks department privatised.

In this episode Leslie and her colleague Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) go to see Ann Perkins about a pit outside her home caused by a developer. Her boyfriend Andy fell down it and broke his legs. Leslie also slides down it when she goes for a look.

Leslie promises that she will turn the pit into a park much to the amusement of her colleagues who mock Leslie behind her back over the photos of her falling over.

Not the best start to a series. I presume it must get better as it ran for 6 years. We see more of Leslie here and she comes across as hopeless. Andy is rather sleazy as he tries to hit on Ann Perkins. The less said about Ron the better. He keeps a sawn off double barrelled shotgun on his desk.

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