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Canvassing 

Leslie gets a town hall meeting to discuss her park idea, but she finds out that public reception is less than receptive.

Director:

Seth Gordon

Writers:

Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Pamela Reed ... Marlene Knope
Phil Reeves ... Paul Iaresco
Lennon Parham ... Kate
Brian Huskey ... Morgan
John Ingle ... Man with Dog
Nancy Lantis ... Gwendolyn
Lauren Katz Lauren Katz ... Betty
Eric Edelstein ... Lawrence
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Leslie gets a town hall meeting to discuss her park idea, but she finds out that public reception is less than receptive.

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Comedy

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TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The only episode of the entire series not to feature Jim O'Heir. See more »

Quotes

Morgan: Yeah, a park, huh? Sounds like a really good idea.
Mark Brendanawicz: Great. Would you be willing to come to a town meeting and show your support?
Morgan: Absolutely. Now, is this park gonna have a playground or you know, maybe a pool for the kids?
Mark Brendanawicz: Oh, uh, how old are your kids?
Morgan: No kids.
Tom Haverford: Uh-oh.
April Ludgate: I'm gonna put him down as a "yes".
Mark Brendanawicz: Don't do that.
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Features Rock Band 2 (2008) See more »

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My Own Worst Enemy
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Performed by Chris Pratt
Written by Kevin Baldes, A. Jay Popoff, Jeremy Popoff, and Allen Schellenberger
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An episode full of growing pains.
24 July 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

As a die-hard fan of Parks and Rec, it pains me to say negative things about the show and to give episodes low ratings. With that being said, I undoubtedly believe that Canvassing is one of the weakest episodes in the entire series. Allow me to explain.

It isn't necessarily a terrible episode or poorly written or anything. There are still some good laughs, but the show just doesn't feel like the show it will eventually turn in to in the next season. The show is created by Greg Daniels and Mike Schur (2 comedy legends as far as I'm concerned). Both of, at the time, had just come off of massive success writing for The Office (US). Now, despite similarities between both workplace comedies, Parks and Rec will eventually become its own unique and amazing series, separate from The Office. However, in episodes like this one, it feels too similar to its predecessor.

A perfect example of what I am talking about is the scene towards the end at the town hall meeting. Now, we will see many more town hall meetings to come in this show. They are some of my favorite scenes in the entire series, but the type of humor that is displayed in this particular meeting is very different than the later ones. This one feels more cringy and awkward, a little too much like The Office. Where the later ones are more satire-based and a little more goofy than these ones. The Pawnee citizens were just too harsh and cruel. Not that big of a deal, but just an example of why I believe the writers have not gotten the tone right just yet and episodes like this one are some of the weakest in the series.


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