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Parks and Recreation

Series Summary
Leslie Knope, a midlevel 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, but 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 himself.

Air Dates: 2009 - Present

Genres: Sitcom

Network: NBC

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Season 7, Ep. 7 : Donna and Joe Feb 3, 2015

April tries to keep Donna and Joe's wedding running smoothly; Ron creates awkwardness between Tom and Lucy; Jen Barkley arrives at Ben and Leslie's home with an opportunity.

  • Season 7, Ep. 6 : Save J.J.'s Jan 27, 2015

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    In hope of keeping J.J.'s diner open, Leslie organizes a rally; Tom has a surprise pre-wedding gift for Donna.

  • Season 7, Ep. 5 : Gryzzlbox Jan 27, 2015

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    Ben and Leslie think the residents of Pawnee are undergoing a privacy invasion; April speaks to the new interns; Tom assists Andy with a contract negotiation.

  • Season 7, Ep. 4 : Leslie and Ron Jan 20, 2015

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    Leslie and Ron try to come to an agreement.

  • Season 7, Ep. 3 : William Henry Harrison Jan 20, 2015

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    Leslie works to strengthen her case for the land being turned into a park; Ron brings in a celebrity as a minority owner.

  • Season 7, Ep. 2 : Ron and Jammy Jan 13, 2015

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    Leslie and Ron set their differences aside to help Jeremy Jamm get away from Tammy 2; Ben promises to help April find passion in her life; Andy and Tom go to Chicago.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( )
  • All in all, it might be worth sticking with Parks and Recreation, because there are lots of funny little moments that could add up to a great series. show more

  • The jarring, awkward humor is similarly facilitated in the pilot as well. It's now just a waiting game to see if this patchy episodic specimen can gradually move past its Office-inspired roots and trudge toward developing its own individual, winning skin. show more

  • In its favor, Parks doesn't have a laugh track. On the minus side, it doesn't get many laughs. show more

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Andy Dwyer is the living embodiment of awesomesauce, and as NBC's "Parks and Recreation" says goodbye with its final season, there's no better time to honor the mildly illiterate legacy of the show'...

The 'Parks and Recreation' Season 6 Finale Is 'Insane'

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Apr 21st, 2014 9:00PM

It's been an eventful year for Leslie Knope on NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation": She lost her City Council seat; her best friend, Ann (Rashida Jones), and Ann's fiance, Chris (Rob Lowe), moved away a...

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