Parks and Recreation is an American political satire sitcom which spans seven seasons. Set in the fictional town of Pawnee in Indiana, Amy Poehler stars as a mid-level bureaucrat called Leslie Knope.

California politics was researched by the writers for the series, and Poehler’s character was subject to a major transformation after the first season after viewers claimed that Knope seemed unintelligent. Current events were included in episodes, and cameos include real life political figures such as John McCain, Joe Biden and Michelle Obama.


When season one of Parks and Recreation begins, Leslie Knope is the central figure. She is the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana. Ann Perkins, a local nurse, wants the construction pit by her house – which was created by a condo development project that got abandoned – to be filled in after her boyfriend fell in and broke his legs.

Leslie promises to turn the pit into a park, but receives objections from Ron Swanson, an anti-government libertarian who is also the parks director. While city planner Mark Brendanawicz says the project isn’t realistic due to ‘red tape’ from the government, he manages to convince Ron to approve the project.

Cast and characters

  • Leslie Knope – Amy Poehler
  • Ann Perkins – Rashida Jones
  • Mark Brendanawicz – Paul Schneider
  • Tom Haverford – Aziz Ansari
  • Ron Swanson – Nick Offerman
  • April Ludgate – Aubrey Plaza
  • Andy Dwyer – Chris Pratt
  • Ben Wyatt – Adam Scott
  • Chris Traeger – Rob Lowe
  • Garry Gergich – Jim O’Heir
  • Donna Meagle – Retta
  • Craig Middlebrooks – Billy Eichner
  • Marlene Griggs-Knope – Pamela Reed
  • Jean-Ralphio – Ben Schwartz
  • Mona-Lisa – Jenny Slate
  • Tom’s ex-wife Wendy – Jama Williamson
  • Joan Callamezzo – Mo Collins
  • Perd Hapley – Jay Jackson
  • Shauna Malwae-Tweep – Alison Becker
  • Marcia Langman – Darlene Hunt
  • Andy’s shoe shine customer Kyle – Andy Forrest

Celebrity guests:

  • Blake Anderson
  • Fred Armisen
  • Will Arnett
  • Kristen Bell
  • H Jon Benjamin
  • Matt Besser
  • Chris Bosh
  • Louis CK
  • The Decemberists
  • Sam Elliott
  • Will Forte
  • Ginuwine
  • Michael Gross
  • Jon Hamm
  • Nick Kroll
  • John Larroquette
  • Andrew Luck
  • Letters to Cleo
  • Natalie Morales
  • Parker Posey
  • Andy Samberg
  • Roy Hibbert
  • Detlef Schrempf
  • Justin Theroux
  • Wilco
  • Henry Winkler
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Paul Rudd
  • Joe Biden
  • Barbara Boxer
  • Newt Gingrich
  • John McCain
  • Michelle Obama
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Olympia Snowe
  • Cory Booker
  • Orrin Hatch


Season One

Episode One – Pilot

Ann Perkins goes to a town meeting to ask for a construction pit to be filled in after her boyfriend broke his legs falling into it. Leslie Knope promises to transform the pit into a beautiful park.

Episode Two – Canvassing

Leslie and the pit sub committee canvas various neighbourhood houses to drum up support for the park project. The plan doesn’t go well, especially when Tom uses suspicious tactics such as getting favours from developers and offering preferential treatment in return.

Episode Three – The Reporter

Leslie asks a local reporter to write about the pit, but the interviews don’t go well. Leslie asks Mark to talk to the reporter to avoid a negative story going out, but when Mark sleeps with her she becomes jealous.

Episode Four – Boys’ Club

Andy tidies up around the house as a surprise for Ann, and Leslie tries to crash the boys’ politics club by going to an after-work event at the Pawnee Town Hall. She opens a gift basket worth over $25 and breaks the local government ethics laws in the process.

Episode Five – The Banquet

Leslie attempts to persuade a local zoning officer to provide support for her park project during a banquet in honour of her mother’s public service. Leslie’s mother suggests that Leslie blackmails her with intel on her husband’s alcohol problems.

Episode Six – Rock Show

Leslie goes to a business meeting with a senior official in the local government, but soon finds out her mother has set her up on a blind date. Ann finds out Andy kept his leg casts on weeks longer than necessary to keep getting pampered by her.

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Many sought-after shows have been acquired by this streamer, such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Law & Order and Chicago Fire. To further invest in its content offering, Peacock has available movies from major companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, Focus Features and Universal Pictures.

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  1. Free subscription plan available – People don’t have to part with a monthly fee if they sign up for the free version of Peacock, which is ad-supported.
  2. Reboots of classic TV shows – Subscribers can relive childhood memories by watching reboots of series such as Gossip Girl and Saved By The Bell.
  3. Flexible content viewing – There are options for viewing a channel guide, streaming TV shows or movies and browsing short-form content clips.


  1. Launching later than other new services – Some people may not be on the lookout for a new streaming service now that new platforms from Disney and Apple are here.
  2. Smaller content library – Inevitably, Peacock doesn’t have as large or varied a library as major competitors such as Netflix and Disney Plus.
  3. Ad-free tier may be pricey for some – The ad-free Premium version is a few dollars more expensive than the plans from Apple TV+ and Disney+.

Types of content available

Peacock has over 15,000 hours of content on offer, which includes sought-after TV series, a range of movies and a selection of original features and shows. There are also linear channels available, which is similar to the setup with Pluto TV. These include live content, such as 24/7 feeds of particular channels.

Those subscribed to the premium pricing tier of this platform gain access to Premier League games which can’t be viewed on linear TV. Full episodes of shows such as The Tonight Show are available on a daily basis from 8pm ET.

In terms of original content, Peacock focuses on the nostalgia factor for reboots of classic shows. For example, Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster and Battlestar Galactica are receiving this treatment. Other original content includes Dr Death, Rutherford Falls and a docuseries about Saturday Night Live.

In the TV shows department, you can expect such titles as The Office, Law & Order, Parks and Recreation, Two and a Half Men and Chicago Fire. A lot of the shows you can find on Hulu are also available on Peacock – notable examples include Cheers, House, Frasier, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Film titles to keep an eye out for in the Peacock content library include American Pie, Meet the Parents, Back to the Future, Brokeback Mountain, ET, Erin Brockovich, The Breakfast Club, Dallas Buyers Club, Knocked Up and Jaws. Franchises featured on Peacock include Fast & Furious, Bourne and Despicable Me.

Top Peacock TV shows and movies

Division One – When a new female coach arrives to head up a womens’ collegiate soccer team, they have to decide if they’re going to keep losing or start winning.

MacGruber – After over a decade in jail, it’s time for MacGruber to seek out Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth.

Expecting – Ellie asks her gay best friend Jonathan if he’ll donate his sperm so she can become a mother.

Clean Slate – A car wash owner in Alabama is overjoyed to have his estranged child return after 17 years. Then he finds out his child is a proud trans woman called Desiree.

Girls5Eva – A girl group reconnect after having a one hit wonder in the 90s and decide to give fame another go.

Saved By The Bell – Peacock is rebooting the 90s drama which followed A.C.Slater, Screech, Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski through high school, college and adult life.

Punky Brewster – Abandoned by her parents, a child is taken in by a photographer whom Punky and her dog Brandon teach a few things about lightening up.

One Of Us Is Lying – Based on the novel, this show tells the story of five high school students who walk into detention, but only four walk out.

Battlestar Galactica – A group of people on the battleship Battlestar Galactica have to leave their planet after an attack from Cylons.

The Office – This mockumentary focuses on the lives of typical office workers at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Frasier – A psychiatrist called Dr Frasier Crane relocates to Seattle so he can have a fresh start. He ends up on the air as a radio psychiatrist.

Will and Grace – A lawyer allows his best friend to stay in his house when her marriage breaks down. But she never leaves.

Everybody Loves Raymond – A comedy focusing on successful sportswriter Raymond Barone and his life with a jealous sibling and obnoxious parents.

Parks and Recreation – Leslie wants to help a local nurse convert an abandoned construction site into a community park, but encounters obstacles from the neighbours.

30 Rock – Focuses on the head writer of a sketch comedy show who has to run it successfully while dealing with kooky stars and an arrogant boss.

Bates Motel – Norman Bates struggles with his life when his mental health suffers. Norma, his mother, tries to get him the right help.

Cheers – People from various walks of life come together at a bar called Cheers, run by Sam in Boston, and share their experiences while working and drinking there.

Original Peacock content

Peacock also offer a range of originals on their service. Check out the list below:

Brave New World – this drama stars Alden Ehrenreich and sees a futuristic society controlled by drugs and a strict class system challenged by the arrival of a newcomer.

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home – a sequel film to TV series Psych, this film sees Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster reunite to help Chief Lassiter.

Cleopatra in Space – from DreamWorks Animation, this series sees Cleopatra launched into the future, where we follow her through high school and see her try to get back to her own time.

Lost Speedways – a documentary with Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking at closed-down racetracks in the US.

The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane – host Seth MacFarlane entertains entirely from home in this quarantine-created variety show, supporting essential workers and those in need.

Wilmore – a talk show hosted by Larry Wilmore.

The Amber Ruffin Show – a talk show hosted by Amber Ruffin.

Curious George 5: Go West Go Wild – the fifth instalment in the Curious George film series, which sees the animals leave the farm.

Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo – a special documentary about Olympic hopefuls ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.

In Deep with Ryan Lochte – a documentary looking at Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, and the scandal that followed him at the Rio Olympics.

Kamome – a documentary about a small boat that ended up in Crescent City after the Japan 2011 tsunami, and the bond that the boat created between two communities.

Black Boys – a documentary about the lives of Black men and boys in America.

The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show – a documentary looking at the week Johnny Carson stepped aside for Harry Belafonte to host the tonight show.

Along with these productions, Peacock also exclusively streams international content like Noughts + Crosses, Departure, The Capture and more.

User interface

Peacock took the inspiration for its user interface from that used by Sky in the UK for its streaming services. Generally speaking, there are three options for subscribers when they enter the app – they can go to channels, trending or browse. While they pick one of the options, a video will autoplay in the background.

When a user enters browse mode, they will be able to look through over 15,000 options across TV and movies. This is where the app looks most similar to competitors such as Disney Plus or Netflix, as the selections are broken down into rows.

If they go into the trending tab, they will see short-form content such as news, pop culture or a sports event highlight reel. This is where the section aims to compete with YouTube, as Peacock hopes to lure people away from there and towards the streaming service – which has more to offer beyond this kind of feature.

In the channels section, people will find that the interface here is most like traditional TV. As seen with cable packages, there is a channel guide to scroll through, with options ranging across TV shows, movies, news, sports and various specialised content hubs.

Here are some of the additional features subscribers can make the most of with Peacock:

Curation hubs – Fans of a particular show will be able to navigate to its hub and choose one of the characters. From there, they can watch set sequences such as episodes which focus on them.

Profiles – All Peacock accounts include the option to create a profile. You can create a profile for each member of the household. Various Universal characters are available for use as avatars.

Parental controls – Accounts can be set up in Kids Mode, which enables just content which is focused on children to be shown when browsing with this profile.

Multiple streams – Peacock lets you stream on multiple devices simultaneously, allowing for clashes over what to watch to be avoided.

No ads – While there are tiers in the pricing structure which feature ads, there are only five minutes worth of advertising per hour. Furthermore, these can be removed altogether for an additional $5 per month.

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