Who Stars in "Parks and Recreation"?


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The star of the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," which aired from 2009 to 2015, is Amy Poehler. Several co-stars joined Poehler as cast regulars, including Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt.

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The show followed Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, a well-meaning and cheerful bureaucrat in the Parks Department in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. Offerman appears as Ron Swanson, a strongly anti-government libertarian who nevertheless heads the Parks Department. Ansari, Plaza and Pratt all appear as subordinates of varying levels of competence and commitment to their jobs.

Other co-stars include Jim O'Heir as hapless long-time Parks Department employee Jerry Gergich, and Retta as Donna Meagle, a vivacious and somewhat outrageous employee. Rashida Jones played Ann Perkins, a local nurse and Leslie's close friend. Rob Lowe and Adam Scott joined the show as guest stars in season 2 before joining as regular cast members in season 3. The duo played consultants brought in to evaluate Pawnee's devastated finances, but both characters decided to stay in the town after that job was finished. Scott's character, Ben Wyatt, eventually married Leslie Knope, while Lowe's, Chris Traeger, married Ann Perkins.

Parks and Recreation ended its run on Feb. 24, 2015, having aired 125 episodes over 7 seasons.

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