<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation

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'Parks and Recreation' star Amy Poehler: 'It's kind of ruined me for anything else'

Looking back over seven seasons of Leslie Knope

When Amy Poehler says that "Parks and Recreation" "kind of ruined me for anything else," it's not hard to understand why. For seven seasons, she was the star, producer and emotional tone-setter (on screen and off) for one of TV's best comedies, in a job that allowed her to do ridiculous things but also play big dramatic moments, that let her work with a wonderful ensemble, that gave her opportunities to write, and direct and constantly exercise her muscles as a master improv comic. One day, Poehler may be able to find another character as rich and tailored to her skill-set as Leslie Knope, but to do that in a project with all the other benefits of this one seems like it would require an astonishing amount of luck.

The series finale airs Tuesday night at 10 on NBC. Early last week, Poehler and I spoke about the show's bumpy origin story, Leslie's relationships with Ann and Ron and Ben, her least favorite part of the job, and a lot more. 

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

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How 'Parks and Recreation' found all-time greatness in simple goodness

A classic of the form defined by its indomitable heroine

Early in the debut episode of "Parks and Recreation," Leslie Knope turned to the camera and announced, "It's a good time to be a woman in politics: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, me, Nancy Pelosi. I like to tell people, 'Get on board and buckle up, because my ride's going to be a big one.'"

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

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Review: Bloated Oscar telecast gets in way of terrific Oscar ceremony

Bad jokes, too many musical numbers, but lots of great speeches

At three hours and 38 minutes, the 2015 Academy Awards didn't come close to the record for the longest Oscar telecast, which is still held by the 2002 ceremony, which ran an absurd four hours and 23 minutes. Still, there were moments throughout tonight's show where it felt like not only hours were passing, but days, weeks and possibly epochs.

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'The Distance': Is it safe?

A new group invites Rick's people to join them, but is their offer too good to be true?

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as we're a dance troupe on Friday nights...

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<p>Adam Driver in Girls</p>

Adam Driver in Girls

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Close Up': Those who can't...

Hannah seeks new direction, Mimi-Rose surprises Adam, and Ray gets political

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I'm the girl who gets killed in a Lifetime movie...

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Review: 'Banshee' - 'You Can't Hide From the Dead': I am a camera

Another technical marvel as the actors double as cameramen for a heist

I'm swamped today, but I got a chance to watch tonight's "Banshee" on my lunch break and was once again impressed with how the show keeps finding new ways to present scenes I feel like I've seen a million times before.

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

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Emmys change eligibility rules, but does that solve all the category confusion?

All 'comedies' will be 30 minutes, guest stars can't be in majority of seasons, etc.

As scripted television programming has both exploded and evolved rapidly over the last few years, the Emmys have seemed at a loss for how to keep up. What's a drama these days? What's a comedy? What's a miniseries? Who's a guest star? How can we make room for all the great shows being made at the same time?

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<p>Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio</p>

Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio

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'Parks and Recreation': Ben Schwartz's memories of Jean-Ralphio

'I just did the scene with what looks like a small Jewish dog on my head'

With “Parks and Recreation” only a few days away from ending, we’ve been running a lot of stories about the show’s history, including Jim O’Heir recalling the strange life of Garry Gergich, and Mike Schur explaining the show’s weird recurring characters and running gags . One of those weirdoes was Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Tom Haverford’s best friend and a monstrous human being. Earlier this week, I emailed actor Ben Schwartz a few questions about how he got the part, the origin of Jean-Ralphio’s hair, love of singing, and more.

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<p>The Odd Couple</p>

The Odd Couple

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Review: CBS' 'The Odd Couple' remake feels even older than the source material

Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon are trapped in a museum piece sitcom

The latest version of "The Odd Couple" will premiere tonight at 8:30 on CBS, a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison's Broadway debut. In the five decades since, Neil Simon's play has proved remarkably flexible, capable of working as a movie and a sitcom, as well as a play, with different actors as compulsive cleaner Felix and unrepentant slob Oscar, even at times change the characters' race or gender.

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<p>Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Burt Macklin in &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</p>

Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Burt Macklin in "Parks and Recreation"

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'Parks and Recreation' history, Part 2: Bill Murray, Burt Macklin & more

Plus talk of DJ Roomba, Li'l Sebastian, calzones, bacon, Duke Silver & Detlef Schrempf

Yesterday, I published the first half of a long email exchange with “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur looking at the origins and evolutions of some of the show’s most memorable supporting characters and running gags. That discussion concludes today with talk of DJ Roomba (who came very close to never being a part of our lives), Li’l Sebastian, Burt Macklin and a lot more. But we start out with the first — and last — appearance of Pawnee’s greatest mystery man.

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