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In honor of that sweet ‘Parks’ reunion, take a look back at the show pilot – and what went wrong

Bolstered by the success of “The Office,” NBC wanted a spinoff. Creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur realized that a spinoff would always be unfavorably compared to the original. With the help of Amy Poehler, coming off a stellar run on “Saturday Night Live,” they fashioned this little gem, “Parks and Recreation,” the comedy version of “The West Wing,” as Schur said, a mockumentary about a small government office staffed with eccentrics and beset by ditzy townies.

The pilot (original air date: April 9, 2009) opens with Leslie Knope (Poehler), the deputy director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department, at a neighborhood playground and introducing herself to a little girl, who can’t bothered. There’s a drunk trapped in a slide, and Leslie has to push him down with a broom.

“It’s a great time to be a woman in politics,” Leslie tells the camera. “Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin. Me.”

Pause.

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Amy Poehler and the ‘Parks’ gang give us the love we need

Now this is how you do a reunion special.

Amy Poehler and the rest of the beloved “Parks and Recreation” gang returned Thursday night to NBC in a half-hour special that brought back love, cheer, laughs, and even served a greater purpose.

You knew you were in for a treat when Paul Rudd turned up in a Leslie Knope 2012 hoodie as he reprised his role as Bobby Newport, Leslie’s onetime political rival and all-around dimwit.

Leslie (Poehler), now deputy director of the Department of the Interior, gets on the computer with her husband, Congressman Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), frazzled from home-schooling their three kids. But he has a great idea – writing the screenplay to his beloved “Cones of Dunshire” game for a Claymation movie.

Leslie is … wary.

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