Parks and Recreation is a mockumentary-style show about the Parks & Recreation Department in the town of Pawnee, Indiana, where idealistic and naïve employee Leslie Knope attempts to build a new park and achieve some good despite institutional and public indifference.
April 9, 2009
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. EST on NBC.
Seasons 1-4 are available on DVD.
Parks and Recreation was originally announced at NBC’s schedule presentation in April 2008 without a title, cast or concept. It was billed as a spin-off of The Office. Once Amy Poehler was set as the star, the show evolved into its own entity with a similar mockumentary style to The Office, but a separate concept, and eventually premiered in April 2009.
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford
Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson
Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich
Retta as Donna Meagle
Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz (Seasons 1-2)
Parks and Recreation was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, both producers on the American version of The Office. Daniels, Schur and Howard Klein, who has also worked on The Office, serve as executive producers.