The Women of Pawnee Ruled Parks & Recreation 'Til the Very End

Leslie Knope left our televisions forever last night. She rode figuratively into the sunset with Parks & Recreation, ending its seven season run, and a little bit of us went with her—the exact parts of us that utilized and relished our lives watching religiously for the past six years. Those years are gone and I can… » 2/25/15 5:10pm 2/25/15 5:10pm

Garbagehead Doo-Doo Face: The Evolution of Parks & Rec's Leslie Knope

Within the first five minutes of "2017," the premiere of the seventh and final season of NBC's Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) has already called someone a, "stupid garbagehead doo-doo face." Hyperbole is Knope's bellwether; the gesture is a marked indicator that the writers of Parks and Rec fully… » 1/14/15 12:44pm 1/14/15 12:44pm

Amy Poehler Is Danny at This 'Grease' Karaoke Party Because Why Not

On tonight's episode of Parks & Recreation — the last to air until January because NBC wants more people to watch Sean Saves The World/ oh my god NBC what are you doing? — Leslie Knope and Councilman Jamm pair up for a gender-bending rendition of the karaoke favorite "Summer Nights." Here's the entire performance. » 11/21/13 10:30pm 11/21/13 10:30pm

Leslie Knope Has a Message for Bossy Male Lawmakers

The War on Women is entering its second year, and the inside of our pants have transformed into trenches full of men intensely interested in what goes on in there. One reader, inspired by heroine of heroine's Leslie Knope, has a message for those men interested in legislating ladyparts. » 2/27/12 7:15pm 2/27/12 7:15pm

Indiana's First Black Female Mayor Elected To Lead America's Grimmest…


Tomorrow, Karen Freeman-Wilson will become the first black woman to serve as mayor of a city in Indiana. That city is Gary, the Detroit of Indiana, fully realized caricature of urban decay, the rusted over ribcage of America's manufacturing sector. Good luck, brave lady. » 12/30/11 5:00pm 12/30/11 5:00pm

Are Women's High-Pitched Ladyvoices Holding Them Back?

Research shows that people prefer listening to instructions from deep, rich baritones over nags from high tittering trills. » 11/16/11 12:35pm 11/16/11 12:35pm

Leslie Knope Chooses Career Over Her Boyfriend

When we left Pawnee last season, our favorite public servant had just been told she was being primed to make a political run in 2012, and we were conflicted. Though Parks & Recreation's Leslie Knope had dreamed of becoming a public official since she was a child, she had also just begun a disgustingly-cute office… » 9/23/11 3:10pm 9/23/11 3:10pm