Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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I'm Leslie Knope 

Leslie decides to run for political office, which means that she has to break up with Ben. Meanwhile, Ron goes into hiding from Tammy 1, and Tom tries to recruit Andy for his latest business venture.


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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
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott ... Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe ... Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Patricia Clarkson ... Tammy One
Kirk Fox ... Joe
Johnny Sneed ... William Barnes
Jay Jackson ... Perd Hapley
Andy Forrest ... Kyle


Leslie has to break up with Ben to follow her dream of running for office. Ann is forced to dispense medical advice after making an unexpected diagnosis. Meanwhile, Ron prepares for the return of his first ex-wife, Tammy One. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

22 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Leslie and Anne are talking in Anne's office the computer bag that was a gift from Mark in season 2 is visible on the desk. See more »


At the end of his meeting with Ben and Chris, Scott from the sewage department tries to solicit a high five with his right hand. When the shot cuts to another angle his left hand is raised. See more »


Jerry Gergich: Okay, so you're sure now that everything is okay that I'm... down there?
Dr. Harris: Perfectly healthy.
[to camera]
Dr. Harris: That man has the largest penis I've ever seen. I actually don't even know if he has mumps. I forgot to look. I was distracted by the largest penis I've ever seen.
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Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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Funny and endearing
19 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

When Parks and Recreation is at its best, it can make you laugh and warm your heart. Where this show differs from other sitcoms like Seinfeld or Family Guy for example, is it isn't afraid to squeeze in some really emotional moments as well. The Office (US) occasionally did this, but Parks and Rec takes pride in their sentimentality. That isn't to say that there is too much, but whenever there is some, it's always very effective. Season 4 is the season that truly starts this. Now that the characters are fully developed, we are attached to all of them, so it makes the more sweeter moments involving these characters even better.

Season 4's opener, "I'm Leslie Knope" is a great example of how funny while also endearing the show can be. The episode leaves off right where Season 3 ended. Leslie has just gotten a major career opportunity to run for higher office. She is still unsure on whether she should run for office or continue dating Ben and not risk a public scandal. This is the main question that the whole episode is based around. Meanwhile, Ron's other ex-wife, "Tammy One" is in the premises and Ron decides the best option is to get out ASAP. I love how prepared Ron was for this exact situation, and also how fast he can grow a beard, as we see later on in the episode. I think its a smart decision to end the episode right where Season 3 left off, just because there was so many cliffhangers. I don't think they could have done it any other way.

The subplots are great as well. Back at City Hall, an inappropriate email is sent to all the female workers of a man's genitals. Ann, who now works at City Hall as the Public Relations Director for the Health Department, notices that the man who sent the photo actually has mumps. When Ann announces the ironic situation, this eventually leads to everyone at City Hall showing Ann pictures of their junk to see if they have mumps as well. It's very funny seeing how pervy all the men are in the department and watching Ann's reactions to all this. Also we find out yet another incredible trait about Jerry's character at the end of the episode, proving once again why he might be the most impressive man in Pawnee.

This show's cast is very big, but impressively they are able to juggle everyone's storylines so effortlessly. And the cast is so good, that there's never a dull moment. I also forgot to mention Tom's new business venture, Entertainment 720 has officially launched, and Tom is excited about showing off his new stuff. It's a funny storyline just because of how ridiculous the whole idea is, and how nobody really understands what it is exactly. Everything in this episode really works and it does a great job of setting up the main storyline that will run until the season finale.

Quick side note: All my favorite moments in this episode involve Ben and Leslie and it is their relationship that will become the main focal point for the entire season. Ben will become the 2nd major character behind Leslie for the remainder of the series, so if you like his character, you are in luck.

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