Archived from on June 15, 2011. Archived from on April 24, 2011. Archived from on January 4, 2011. Several commentators said the show had potential, and pointed out that early episodes of The Office had been flat before the series found its footing. Meanwhile, Andy Chris Pratt has a secret plan to surprise Ann Rashida Jones.
Likewise, Michael Schur believed much of the early criticism stemmed from the fact that audiences were not yet familiar with the characters, and he believed viewers liked the second season better because they had gotten to know the characters better as the series progressed. Again as with The Office, the new series would be scripted but improvisation would be encouraged among the actors. Archived from on July 8, 2010. By the end of the season, the average viewership for the 24 episodes of season two was 4. While reviewers praised various cast members in individual episodes, some said the supporting characters in general needed to be more fully developed and provided with better material.
John, Allen February 24, 2015. Archived from on November 15, 2010. Years after the first season ended, Schur said he believed much of the early criticism stemmed from the fact that audiences were not yet familiar with the characters, and he believed viewers who revisited the episodes enjoyed them more because they had gotten to know the characters better as the series progressed. In an attempt to beautify her town Leslie takes on what should be a fairly simple project: help local nurse Ann Perkins Rashida Jones turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park. Greg Daniels said since the Parks and Recreation characters had now been established in the second season, the writers were able to write more specifically for the actors.
The characters were made more likable in response to feedback the episode received from focus groups and press tour screenings. Archived from on February 2, 2011. Archived from on August 11, 2009. . Rounding out the main cast was , best known for his work in independent films such as and.
Scenes set in playgrounds and elsewhere outdoors were filmed on location in Los Angeles, and the public forum scenes in the premiere episode were filmed in one of the city's middle schools. However, it was ultimately incorporated into the backstory for , the character played by who was added late in the second season. Archived from on November 15, 2010. Archived from on November 15, 2010. City planner — for whom Leslie harbors romantic feelings — pragmatically insists the project is unrealistic due to government red tape, but nevertheless secretly convinces Ron to approve the project. Archived from on December 5, 2010.
The first-season episodes were written and developed relatively quickly after each other, and Schur said the staff was treating the entire six-episode season as if it was one television pilot. Archived from on February 9, 2011. Dean Holland, an editor on , also worked as an editor on Parks and Recreation 's first season. Meanwhile, a drunken and lonely Mark takes Leslie to the pit and kisses her, but she rejects his advances, not wishing to move forward while Mark is drunk. Leslie recruits the entire department to help Tom forget his worries with a night on the town and Tom comes to a realization about his marriage. The documentary cameras follow Leslie Knope Amy Poehler a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana.
In one example from the pilot episode, Aziz Ansari's character attempts to flirt with Rashida Jones's when she speaks at a parks and recreation public forum. Mark, disillusioned with his career, makes a pass at Ann, which she harshly rejects. Schur served as the of Parks and Recreation. However, viewership declined almost every week over the rest of the season, culminating in a season low of 4. The two spent months considering ideas for the new series and debating whether to make it a stand-alone show rather than a spin-off. Archived from on November 15, 2010. Before the start of the series, Andy falls into the pit next to Ann's house and breaks both his legs.
Meanwhile, Tom Aziz Ansari kisses up to his boss Nick Offerman. Several commentators declared that Parks and Recreation had finally found the right tone both generally and for the Leslie Knope character in particular. Archived from on March 27, 2011. Leslie hopes the public meeting will impress her mother, local school official. Several reviewers, even those who did not enjoy the show, applauded Poehler's comedic abilities and said her talent, timing and likability helped elevate the series above some of its flaws.
Leslie and Mark end up drinking beer together by the pit and Mark tries to kiss her, but she refuses because he is drunk. Leslie is pleased when Mark tells her the warning officially makes her a member of the boys' club. An old friend of Ann's reappears and makes Mark insecure about their relationship. About half the band names used in the episode came directly from the script, but after actor Chris Pratt made up one on the spot, the directors encouraged him to keep improvising. Archived from on January 22, 2011.