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A Paley Center for Media Special

A Paley Center for Media Special

  • Premiered: 
    December 13, 1994
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: television

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Plot Synopsis

Since 1994, The Paley Center for Media, formerly know as the Museum of Television & Radio, has presented a series of television specials that honor TV's seminal programs and performers by focusing on many memorable television moments and events in sitcoms, dramas, and reality television. Each special, typically 90 to 120 minutes in duration, has a different theme, including: "Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown" (Dec 13, 1994 on Fox); "Classic Stand-Up Comedy on Television" (Sep 14, 1996 on NBC); "Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies" (May 27, 1998 on Fox); "America's Teenagers: Growing Up on Television" (Jul 31, 1998 on ABC); "Influences: From Yesterday to Today" (Aug 27, 1999 on CBS); "The '70s: The Decade That Changed Television" (Sep 17, 2000 on ABC); "Breaking the News" (Aug 24, 2001 on CBS); "Great Women of Television Comedy" (Apr 15, 2003 on NBC); "The Funniest Families of Television Comedy" (Jul 19, 2004 on ABC); "Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment" (Aug 10, 2005 on NBC); "A Day in the Life of Television" (Sep 2, 2006 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Moments" (Jun 1, 2007 on Fox); "TV's All-Time Funniest" (May 9, 2008 on ABC); "TV's 50 Funniest Phrases" (May 26, 2009 on NBC); "TV's Greatest Surprises" (Jun 16, 2010 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Holiday Moments" (Nov 26, 2010 on Fox); "TV's Most Dynamic Duos" (Sep 2, 2012 on ABC); "TV's Funniest of the Funniest" (Sep 1, 2013 on NBC); "Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies" (Dec 26, 2014 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Animated Stars" (Dec 7, 2015); The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace (Sep 19, 2017 on NBC); The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us (Sep 18, 2018 on NBC); The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place (Sep 19, 2019 on NBC); The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU (Jan 2, 2020 on NBC).
On Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT, NBC premiered "The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation." The telecast highlights many of the show's most memorable moments as well as all that went on behind the scenes. The series, which ran from 2009-15, starred Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir, and Retta.

"There has been an incredible response since we announced the all-new 'A Parks and Recreation Special' and that's truly a tribute to what this show means to people," said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs, NBC Entertainment. "It's a testament to the cast and producers that 'Parks' remains such a touchstone and beloved comedy for its millions of fans around the world."

"For seven seasons, television viewers could not get enough of Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson and the rest of the team from the Pawnee, Ind., Parks and Recreation department," said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center's President & CEO. "We're thrilled to partner with NBC to present this behind-the-scenes look at the revered series."

Both NBC's original "A Parks and Recreation Special," which airs April 30 at 8:30pm, and "The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation" will be available beginning Friday, May 1 on Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service. In addition to Peacock, "The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation" will also be available on demand on Hulu and NBC App, MVPD's and streaming on NBC App.

PARKS AND RECREATION is the recipient of a Peabody Award for excellence in television programming, an AFI honor as one of the Top 10 Television Shows of the Year, several Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Amy Poehler's individual performance. Poehler won a Golden Globe Award in 2014.

Additional accolades include Writers Guild Award and Producers Guild Award nominations, 2010 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Individual Episode, 2013 Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and TCA nominations for Program of the Year and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Poehler and co-star Nick Offerman, which Offerman won, as well as NAACP Image Award and Imagen Award nominations.

In 2019, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series premiere, the Paley Center honored the cast and creative team at their annual television festival PaleyFest LA, which took place in front of a sold-out audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. For the first time ever, this program together with past PARKS AND RECREATION PaleyFest LA appearances from 2011, 2012, and 2014 are now available for viewing as part of the Paley@Home series on the Paley Center's YouTube channel.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: Presented by The Paley Center for Media on TV
  • Previously known as: A Museum of Television and Radio Special

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Scott Goldstein Productions (1994)
  • Produced by Zaloom Mayfield Productions (1996)
  • Produced by Nash Entertainment (1998 May)
  • Produced by ZMC Productions (1998 July)
  • Produced by Rocket Science Laboratories (1999 - 2000)
  • Produced by Planet Grande Pictures (2001 - 2006; 2010 May)
  • Produced by Brad Lachman Productions (2007 - 2009; 2010 Nov; 2013)
  • Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions (2012)
  • In association with Paley Center for Media (1994 - 2007 as Museum of Television & Radio; 2008 - Present)