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


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 2 more credits »

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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 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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The original pilot received mixed responses from focus group screenings, leading to parts being rewritten and new scenes shot in order to make Leslie and Mark more likable. Originally, Mark was interested in Ann and asked Ron to green-light the park project purely so he could pursue her romantically. This was rewritten so Mark asks for Ron to help Leslie because he genuinely thought she deserved to succeed. See more »


Leslie Knope: So whaddaya wanna see? the DMV? Animal control?
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Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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Not sold yet
13 May 2018 | by audrablumSee all my reviews

This week I chose to watch Parks and Recreation Season 1, Episode 1 (2009). I had never seen it before. The program was 20:51 long. The logline reads "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." The genre is branded as comedy, but to be honest, I didn't find it that funny and I felt sad that it never became funny to me. I have heard great things about Parks and Recreation, so I'm hoping it gets better. The acting seemed wonderful and I think that the actors all did fine. Amy Poehler's character was goofy and over the top. If I were to watch this pilot, I would not tell it that it was going on to the next level. I would have told it that it was the weakest link. Sadly, I think the shooting style is what ruined it for me. This shooting style, which took off after the office has been imitated so many times and rarely successfully. This shot style is a language and many people don't know how to speak it. There is a finesse of how to shoot and when to shoot what and most imitators just butcher it, zooming in to things and cutting to things when it doesn't make sense to-- it almost makes the camera seem lost (and not in a good way). This pilot did not convince me to continue watching. My hope in what has been expressed to me through the words of others is what would keep me going.

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