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.
Because parks don't grow on trees.
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Did You Know?
While a guest on "The Diane Rehm Show", Rob Lowe said that when he first interviewed for the role of Chris Traeger, this show's writers told him that they had based their show on Lowe's previous series, The West Wing (1999). He said that they told him, "we're comedy writers. We're going to write a comedy, but what would the comedy version of The West Wing look like? And the answer to them was, it wouldn't be the White House. It would be Parks and Recreation." See more
There is conflicting information in regards to the location of Eagleton. In season two, Leslie (Amy Poehler) states that Eagleton is "two towns over." However, later on, there is a "Pawnee/Eagleton border," meaning the towns are next to each other, some Pawnee citizens having left and settled Eagleton. See more
What Religion am I? I'm a Practising Mind your Own Fucking Business!
Referenced in Studio C: Episode #3.3