||Paul Schneider, Billy Eichner, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation revolves around Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the parks and recreation department in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. Local nurse Ann Perkins demands a construction pit next to her house be filled in after her boyfriend, Andy Dwyer, fell in and broke his legs. Leslie vows to turn the pit into a park, despite resistance from the parks director Ron Swanson, an anti-government Libertarian. City planner Mark Brendanawicz – 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. Leslie and her staff, including Tom Haverford and the uninterested summer intern April Ludgate, try encouraging community interest in the pit project, but meet resistance. Later, Ann becomes furious to learn Andy has faked the severity of his injuries so Ann would pamper him. 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. An embarrassed Mark accidentally falls into the pit and injures himself. A principal cast of six actors received star billing in the show's first season. Amy Poehler portrayed the lead character, Leslie Knope, the naive but well-meaning, eager-to-please deputy director of the parks and recreation department of the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Also among the cast were Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, a sarcastic parks department employee, and Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, a nurse who befriends Leslie and tries to help her turn a giant construction pit into a park. Daniels and Schur intended to cast Aziz Ansari and Rashida Jones (who previously appeared in The Office as Karen Filippelli) from the series' earliest stages of development, but the ultimate Parks and Recreation concept did not coalesce until they learned Amy Poehler would be available to star. After her recruitment, the general concept of the series was established and the script for the pilot episode was written.