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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Photo Credit:  Mitchell Haaseth / NBC
  • Premiered: 
    April 9, 2009
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: faux cinema verite

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Plot Synopsis

PARKS AND RECREATION is a mockumentary about the inner workings of local government, and this series focuses on Leslie Knope of the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. Leslie is a mid-level bureaucrat who dreams of someday becoming the first female President of the United States. To achieve this dream, she realizes she has to advance her career; so in the first season she worked with resident Ann Perkins on a project to turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park. As they navigated the Pawnee bureaucracy and became best friends, they enlisted the help of Leslie's colleagues: Tom Haverford, a fashion-obsessed wannabe player whose greatest dream is to own his own nightclub; Leslie's boss Ron Swanson, who hates the very government he works for; the city planner Mark Brendanawicz, who obsessed after Leslie, later dated Ann, and left the department after being dumped by Ann; April, a college intern who stayed on as Ron's sullen assistant, eventually marrying Andy Dwyer; Andy Dwyer, a shoeshine boy extraordinaire, who was dating Ann when he broke both of his legs in the construction pit but later married April; Donna Meagle, the fun-loving co-worker who takes advantage of her seniority, often being the only worker to talk back to boss Ron Swanson; and Jerry Gergich, who is the department's punching bag. In the final episode of Season 2, Indiana state auditors Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt arrived to help Pawnee solve its financial crisis. Chris, a health nut who wants to live to be 150 years old, took a job as the acting city manager of Pawnee, and briefly dated Ann. Ben, who bankrupted a small Minnesota town as its 18-year-old mayor, stayed at Pawnee to continue working with Chris, and began dating Leslie in defiance of Chris' policy against workplace romance. When Leslie decided to run for city council, she and Ben broke off their relationship and her served as her campaign manager. Plus, she hired Andy to be her assistant and April eventually takes Leslie's old job. After Leslie won the election in the Season 4 finale, Ben accepted a job offer in Washington, DC. Season 5 opened with Leslie and Andy visiting Ben and April and their new jobs, but Ben and Leslie were soon reunited, engaged, and married. Meanwhile, Ron dated Diane, and now they're expecting a child together, and April was accepted to veterinary school after serving as Pawnee's Deputy Director of Animal Control. Season 6 debuted with a two-part premiere on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT, as Leslie, Ben, Andy, April, and Ron went to London after she won an award from an international Women in Government organization. Meanwhile back in Pawnee, Tom tried hunting down the mysterious businessman trying to put Rent-a-Swag out of business, while Ann and Chris settled into the next phase of their relationship. PARKS AND RECREATION returned for its seventh and final season on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, with NBC airing back-to-back new episodes each week for seven weeks until the hourlong series finale on February 24. In the season opener, "2017," Leslie launches a competition with tech company Gryzzl for a large parcel of land, which she wants to turn into a National Park. April and Andy try to regain their spontaneity. Ben is recognized at a Bicentennial gala, where Tom delivers a speech in his honor. Then in "Ron and Jammy," the premiere night's second episode, Leslie and Ron briefly put aside their feud to help old foe Jeremy Jamm escape the clutches of the diabolical Tammy 2. Ben vows to help April discover her true passion in life, while Andy and Tom travel to Chicago.
In the one-hour series finale, "One Last Ride," which NBC premiered on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, the Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as Public Service

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Deedle-Dee Productions
  • Produced by Universal Media Studios


  • - Pawnee, Indiana USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • April 14, 2011: April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer are married
  • May 19, 2011: Li'l Sebastian dies
  • February 21, 2013: Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt are married
  • February 3, 2015: Donna Meagle and Joe are married