Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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It's election day for Leslie, and Ben is contemplating an offer to help work on a campaign in Washington. Meanwhile, Andy tries to help April rescue the files she deleted from the Parks Department computers.


Michael Schur


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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
Paul Rudd ... Bobby Newport
Kathryn Hahn ... Jennifer Barkley
Ben Schwartz ... Jean-Ralphio
Jay Jackson ... Perd Hapley
Andrew Burlinson ... Burly


It's election day for Leslie, and Ben is contemplating an offer to help work on a campaign in Washington. Meanwhile, Andy tries to help April rescue the files she deleted from the Parks Department computers.

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Release Date:

10 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


After Ann asks him to get back together, Tom calls himself "Nostrathomas". This is a reference to famous French soothsayer Nostradamus. See more »


The plaque dedicated to Jermaine Jackson has his middle name, La Jaune, misspelled as LaJuane. See more »


Ron Swanson: Clear alcohol is for rich women on diets.
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References Battlestar Galactica (2004) See more »


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S4: Running for office gives it a full narrative structure which, although not always successful, is a frame for consistent laughs
27 March 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

It took me a season or two to warm up to Parks & Rec as a show, but the third season was really where it started to work and this fourth season more or less continues that standard. The narrative continues from the end of the previous season, with Leslie Knope offered the opportunity to run for local political office and deciding to go for it; from here the entirety of the season is centered around her political campaign, albeit with the supporting characters frequently having their own subplots, or being linked into the overall narrative. In a way this allows for the show to have a through line for all the episodes while also continuing to the slightly random and absurd tone where it is funniest.

As an approach it doesn't totally work, mainly because the campaign run seems too filled with absurdity to really engage as a narrative – even though the structure suggests that it should. This is not a big flaw though, since mostly it is being done in the service of comedy rather than some great story-telling, and as such it does work because it provides a season of plots for lots of laughs. Some aspects of it don't really work – Tom's business venture gets old before it is over (although I don't care much for his one-note character anyway) – but mostly the character threads work for what they are, and produce decent laughs along the way too. The writing allows for the plots to be funny, but also for plenty of character- specific jokes – and the majority of these hit.

The performances continue to be strong with the close-knit cast; Poehler leads well, but Offerman, Pratt, O'Heir, Retta, and Jones get good material which is usually shorter and sharper. Scott is good, although I did think that Plaza and Ansari were a bit overused considering the limit of their character's range. Generally, everyone works very well together and some of the guest cast are very good (Paul Rudd, Bradley Whitford, Kathryn Hahn) although I didn't think Louis CK added much beyond him being Louis CK.

The fourth season may not always make all parts of the narrative work, but in terms of comedy it is pretty consistent, with good material, performances, and laughs.

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