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2010: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, but that doesn’t stop us from loving it! The NBC series followed Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department, in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. Leslie is perky and ambitious and trying her best to better the town of Pawnee, despite pushback from the locals. The single-camera comedy was filmed in a mockumentary style, much like The Office, another popular NBC comedy.

The first season of Parks and Recreation wasn’t immediately a hit. It received mixed reviews, but after getting picked up for season two, the show revamped, listened to the critiques it got, and came back better than before. The series started picking up more steam, and the subsequent seasons, starting with season two in 2010, received much more acclaim. The show even got a few high-profile political guest stars, including John McCain, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and then-First Lady Michelle Obama.

Though the show was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, it never took any home. Amy Poehler, the show’s star and producer, took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014. After being nominated four years in a row in the same category, Parks and Recreation finally took home the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy in 2013.