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Parks and Recreation 

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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.
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Series cast summary:
...  Leslie Knope 125 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Ron Swanson 125 episodes, 2009-2015
...  April Ludgate 125 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Andy Dwyer 125 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Tom Haverford 124 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Jerry Gergich 124 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Donna Meagle 120 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Ann Perkins 106 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Ben Wyatt 97 episodes, 2010-2015
...  Chris Traeger 77 episodes, 2010-2015
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Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park. However, what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape, and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie's colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he's a bureaucrat. Written by Sorbe

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During season two, episode thirteen, "The Set Up", where Leslie goes on the date with the M.R.I. Technician, that was her real-life husband at the time, Will Arnett. See more »

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Even if Pawnee went bankrupt there would be no precedent for the state to take over the city beyond its finances. Chris Tragaer could certainly direct its financial operations; however only elected officials could run the city and make the legal decisions for it. See more »

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Referenced in Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Episode #2.53 (2010) See more »

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Not what it used to be
28 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

I browsed through the reviews, probably seeking a reinforcement of my opinion that the show has lost its previous charm. Most of the reviews are pretty old, so I still don't know if it's just me.

I must start by saying that I loved the first seasons, with the often awkward and politically incorrect Leslie. I loved "the Office" type of humor, but done more humanely and with a lot more charm.

In the latter seasons I noticed that they began transforming Leslie from the often inadequate and clueless leader to a model to all women and girls alike. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but now the jokes are not quite the same, I do not recognize the character and from my point of view the humor has taken a bit hit.I cannot help but feel a little betrayed.

On the other hand, there are characters that, instead of benefiting from some minor changes which could make them less annoying, they are actually devolving: Andy Dwyer is such an example. How much more stupid are they going to make him? And April - her passive-aggressive and detached behavior has transformed into pure aggressivity aimed at Ann Perkins, most of the time for no good reason at all. I do not find that funny.

Perhaps people still like the show as it is today, maybe more. But for me, while I do like to see some evolution in the characters, as one cannot laugh at the same things over and over again, I do not appreciate when they do a complete 180... Or when their negative traits are exaggerated more and more until they lose any humanity they might have had.

The first two seasons would get a 10 from me, but as it is, I settle on a 6.


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