Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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The Reporter 

Leslie gets a newspaper reporter to do a story about her and the park idea, but becomes upset when she finds out that the reporter slept with Mark.


Jeffrey Blitz


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Paul Schneider ... Mark Brendanawicz
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Alison Becker ... Shauna Malwae-Tweep
Steve Zissis ... Michael
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle


Leslie gets a newspaper reporter to do a story about her and the park idea, but becomes upset when she finds out that the reporter slept with Mark.

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23 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Originally intended to be the second episode in the series. See more »


Near the end of the episode, Leslie is typing on her computer. Before Leslie and Mark high-five, there is one line of words typed on the screen, and as Mark is leaving there are two lines of words. See more »


Leslie Knope: [showing a mural of a Native American chief tied to a tree and about to be shot by a cannon] There are ten murals here in this hallway. This is called "The Trial of Chief Wamapo." It was painted in 1936, and this is Chief Wamapo. He was convicted of crimes against the soldiers. I'm always amazed at his... quiet dignity right before he's killed by a cannonball.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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Another sluggish episode in the weakest season of the series.
24 July 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

"The Reporter" is quite frankly a pretty forgettable episode in an otherwise strong series with many great episodes. Here we are, in the middle of Season 1, and this episode has many of same issues that the previous two did.

This episode introduces us to a familiar face, recurring character Shauna Malwae-Tweep, who from the get-go makes it her life-long mission to sleep with every male character in the show. She serves as the third person in a sort of "comedic love triangle" that is the center of this episode. The other two members of the triangle are Mark and Leslie. Now, one of the ongoing storylines of Season 1 is the love affair Leslie has for Mark. It pains me to say this, but I was never a fan of this storyline, and it was pretty obvious from the start that the two actors didn't have a lot of chemistry. It makes episodes like this very hard to watch when it is the main focus of a particular episode. In "The Office terms" Mark is kind of like the Janice to Leslie's Michael Scott. It works well in The Office, but not so much in this series.

The side-story with Tom and Ron playing scrabble is pretty forgettable as well, and doesn't really go anywhere. When I look at the entire series as a whole, it's episodes like these that probably rank at the bottom of my overall ranking, but I don't think I could give any Parks episode lower than a 5-rating. Frankly, I have seen much worse television than this, and even though this is one of the worst of the series, it still is probably better than what most sitcoms put out. If you are watching the series for the first time, and are thinking it might have been a mistake to give this show a try, just know that it starts to get a little better, and by Season 2, it becomes the incredible show that it will eventually become. Just be a little more patient :)

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