Parks and Recreation

TV Show • 2009 • Comedy  

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Hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.
This tv show contains 47 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Are there abusive parents?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
17 supporters
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JessAndSky
Leslie stalks Ann on a date with Mark
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eyesinthehills
One character violently verbally and sometimes physically assaults her ex-husband in an attempt to get him to sleep with her/return to her. It is heavily played for laughs but could still be upsetting to some viewers
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Anonymous
Jerry gets gaslit sometimes, mostly getting blamed for things he didn't do until he takes responsibility. It's played for laughs. In S6E17 April briefly mentions in high school that she spent her time "hiding mops so the janitor would think he was going insane."
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Is a child abused?
69 supporters
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Anonymous
It's mentioned that Ron's first wife knew him since he was born and started dating him when he was fifteen, which has implications of child grooming.
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Addiction
6
jamieblazej
Two men who work at animal control are stoned pretty much constantly throughout the show.
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Is there addiction?
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19
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6
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eyesinthehills
Some characters drink frequently but are never implied to abuse or have an alcoholism issue.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
55 supporters
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theanonymouswhisperer
A horse dies off screen
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
98 supporters
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51
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hyperandrogenism
Birds and raccoons (off screen), they talk about euthanizing a possum
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Are animals abused?
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jamieblazej
S2
 E10
Leslie holds up a dead quail that she just shot, and there are stuffed heads all over the walls of the hunting cabin.
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
85 supporters
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6
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telethon
Unclear if the miniature horse Lil Sebastian would be considered a pet, but he is a domesticated animal who dies.
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Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
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1
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36
-1
AHuman
S1
The Show has no Dragons or other Mythical Animals Therfore none can Technically Die.
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Are there spiders?
26 supporters
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Anonymous
S7E10 has a dangerous spider get loose in the studio. It's shown in pictures early on and shown live at the very end of the episode after the credits.
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
17 supporters
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Jade37
There's a scene where bees hidden behind a fence attack civilians
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
17 supporters
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1
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5
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telethon
There's a small joke where a character thinks he might have been drugged, but nothing actually happens.
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Is there pedophilia?
64 supporters
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4
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0
There are a few references that Ron’s first wife was also his preschool teacher and groomed him in the past, but no flashbacks or on screen.
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Is someone held under water?
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There are characters in jail
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30
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9
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hyperandrogenism
Milton grabs Leslie's chest when he has a heart attack and falls, and in another episode he tries to convince Leslie to kiss him. Tom sexually harasses women.
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telethon
A male character's ex-wife knew him as a young child and started being intimate with him when he was fifteen, which would be grooming and statutory assault; this situation is not examined much and mostly played for laughs.
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Moomin
No, however two of the actors in the show- aziz anzari and Louis ck have since been accused of sexual misconduct
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Jade37
If you count being out of breath from running, yes.
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Is there cannibalism?
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12
Is someone crushed to death?
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25
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Anonymous
S3E16: A large fireball from a torch blows up in Ron's face. We see Ron and the fire from behind at a distance and without any detail; we later see he's fine except for some facial hair burning off.
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mikahwber
in one episode, a homeless character is (very briefly) stuck in his tent with a lot of dirt poured over him. this is meant to be very lighthearted.
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Is there body horror?
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5
Is there amputation?
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10
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telethon
IIRC, there are some jokes about amputation in the context of a character's nursing job.
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Anonymous
S7E9 shows a character's head in a vice with the intent to make his eyes bulge. It's played for laughs and he doesn't appear to be in pain.
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Anonymous
Somewhat.
Jerry is seen choking on a cracker when Chris and Ann are trying to have an emotional moment.
He doesn’t incur any injury from it and it is played comically
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Jade37
To clarify, he doesn't really pull his tooth out but makes it seem that way to disgust his coworkers. It was already a removed tooth.
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hyperandrogenism
Andy breaks his nose on screen
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Does someone have a seizure?
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1
telethon
In "Animal Control", a character says that he only has one testicle and lost it in a Whack-a-Mole incident. This is a short joke, nothing shown.
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mikahwber
in just one episode, ann briefly tells her coworkers a gross story about what happened at work. at the end of this story, she mentions a toe that is implied to have been cut off in some way.
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Is someone tortured?
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AHuman
S1
Andy falls down a construction pit. Which is pretty close to stairs but still.
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Does someone fall to their death?
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23
Is there eye mutilation?
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18
Is there excessive gore?
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5
Children
Is an infant abducted?
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5
Does a kid die?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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4
Does someone die?
10 supporters
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3
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0
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alexajeanette
S7
 E11
The mayor of Pawnee dies & has an open casket funeral. In the same episode, there is another funeral for Ron's barber. Both minor characters, but the episode mentions it often & depicts Ron experiencing grief.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
22 supporters
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Quasar
S6
 E12
The actual word isn’t said but there is a pun
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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4
Family
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10
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mikahwber
in one episode (either called Ted Day or Article Two), a man name Ted is forced to go to a lake and be pushed in. like most things in this show, it’s depicted as very lighthearted and meant to be funny
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Does a parent die?
6 supporters
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4
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22
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mikahwber
Leslie’s father was implied to have died when she was young. He is never shown on screen, but her and her mother mention him every so often.
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Does someone cheat?
12 supporters
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4
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17
5
MalsE
no actual cheating, but Ann thinks Chris is cheating on her
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18
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0
5
andrewkreiss
Girl’s tiara gets broken by Ron during a halloween episode. The girl starts crying.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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25
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3
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18
4
Anonymous
A low-quality animation during a news show in "Harvest Festival" depicts Leslie getting possessed by "the curse" and shows her with a creepy face afterwards.
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Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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23
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Jade37
In "Pie-Mary", Harris and Brett claim they saw a ghost, which was not true
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Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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4
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Jade37
April dresses up as a clown at one point.
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Are there natural bodies of water?
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Are there razors?
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1
Jjjjjj
However there is a scene in S4E16 where they find Jerry in the bath (no nudity)
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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3
Does someone vomit?
58 supporters
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53
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3
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Anonymous
All answers put together in order:

season 2 ep1 - tom shallows chewing tobacco and says he doesn’t feel good. He v* off screen but audio is there.

in the same ep ron is told to purge after taking meds with alcohol but it doesn’t happen on screen.

season 3 ep13 - andy v* with audio and visual, a little after 20 mins in. Short scene but graphic

season 5 ep2 - leslie drinks a large soda and v* into it during the court hearing.

season 5 ep12 - Ben, Chris and Ron get food poisoning but as tom leaves the room around 11 you can hear something that resembles v* noises. No visuals though.

Just to be more comfy i skipped the entire ep

season 6 ep18 - leslie v* several times. i skipped the episode

season 7 ep5 - Leslie shows a photo to ron and ben. in one of the photos a kid is v* and it’s mentioned it started a chain reaction. v* shown on screen briefly.

look away when leslie mentions the first trip to the dentist and you’ll be fine about 5 seconds after ben starts talking.

I skipped the entire scene on my rewatch just cause of how greatly any v* effects me.

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Is someone eaten?
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3
Does someone spit?
8 supporters
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46
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1
5
jabb
Gary/Jerry/Larry/Terry is constantly farting. It is played up for laughs
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Is there audio gore?
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7
Is there farting?
4 supporters
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9
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0
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telethon
There's a running joke that Jerry farts a lot.
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
14 supporters
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16
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4
2
Jade37
Cops are typically portrayed in a positive light. Leslie also dates one in an earlier season.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
25 supporters
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0
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3
Is there bisexual cheating?
15 supporters
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0
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4
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
15 supporters
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0
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24
Yes
28
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4
3
Anonymous
Ann gives Leslie a cholesterol test in S3E10, we see the whole preparation process and Leslie's reactions.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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0
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24
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50
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0
5
eyesinthehills
Numerous characters become pregnant/require medical procedures, more often towards the end of the series.
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1
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19
1
auburnfan2014
S4 Ep17 - Ben assumes a character is dying of cancer and vocalizes his concern but the character does not actually have cancer.
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
28 supporters
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0
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4
Does someone self harm?
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41 supporters
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0
No
25
Is a mentally ill person violent?
1 supporters
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0
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6
Yes
0
No
5
Is there misophonia?
25 supporters
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3
No
1
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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2
No
21
2
Jade37
Craig says this at one point, but does not mean so literally and regularly speaks in exaggerations.
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5
No
12
2
Kimberli
Usually played off as comedy. There is a scene in season 2 where a character hyperventilates into a purse.
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2
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17
3
Aliena
In S2E13 The Set Up a character gets an MRI. She’s shown in the MRI machine and in the MRI camera for a while
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Anonymous
S7E2 does have a character's abusive girlfriend force him to only eat steak and drink whisky in order to make him more like her ex-husband, even though it makes him sick. This might be triggering to some people.
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Yes
1
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11
0
telethon
Jerry seems to be neurodivergent in some way, and is treated very badly by his coworkers.
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0
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30
Noxious
Does a baby cry?
12 supporters
Yes
4
No
0
1
Jade37
A child almost cries when lost in City Hall.
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Is there shakey cam?
23 supporters
Yes
21
No
7
4
Anonymous
The show is filmed in handheld documentary-style, so the camera is always slightly moving, only a few scenes have the camera move rapidly though.
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0
If someone does swear, it’s always blurred and/ or bleeped out like in reality tv.
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5
hyperandrogenism
Tom does two light shows with flashing lights, as well as a presentation with lasers
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Paranoia
Yes
5
No
0
2
Jjjjjj
It’s a mockumentary, so there are many cuts to characters talking to the camera like an interview. There are also scenes where characters (mostly Ben) glance towards the camera for comedic effect
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
13 supporters
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1
No
5
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Yes
5
No
13
2
Lydz
last episode, there is a character shown just before giving birth in the hospital room
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Are there abortions?
12 supporters
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0
No
19
0
telethon
A newborn baby is seen in the finale.
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Does someone miscarry?
13 supporters
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0
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20
Does a pregnant person die?
9 supporters
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0
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16
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
28 supporters
Yes
34
No
2
9
Jade37
Pawnee's obesity rate is regularly mentioned and played off for laughs
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1
Aliena
Not as a consistent theme but there is an offhand insult in 5x09
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Does the black guy die first?
14 supporters
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0
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17
Yes
9
No
3
2
quinnalec
crazy ira and the douche call leslie knope l*sbo knope occasionally. not technically a slur but an offensive term
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Anonymous
Crazy Ira and the Douche call their sound effects guy "Jewish Greg."
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
20 supporters
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6
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0
Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
Yes
24
No
5
6
hyperandrogenism
On the radio show "Crazy Ira and the Douche" they make racist and sexist jokes. Many people assume Tom is an immigrant because he isn't white. Milton asks Tom if he is Chinese as if he thinks it's a bad thing. Leslie does a racist thing to the local Native American people (the Wamapoke) but is forgiven by the chief, Ken. There are also lots of stereotypes about Native Americans, including that they're violent, the "built on an Indian burial ground" trope, and Ken owns the Wamapoke Casino.
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Anonymous
A comedic theme in the show is the misunderstanding and subsequent misrepresentation of various minority groups by the main characters. The jokes are generally at the expense of the characters making the misrepresentations.
There is some odd ‘representation’ of queer and polyamorous relationships early in the show when April is apparently dating a gay guy who himself is dating another man. It’s seems to be joking about the absurdity of the relationship in relation to the characters’ sexualities.
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Does an LGBT person die?
24 supporters
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0
No
21
3
quinnalec
in season 6 episode 12, “farmer’s market,” someone at the chard stand says “let’s get ‘re-charded’ in here,” which is a pun on the r slur. it’s at approximately 3 minutes in
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Are there n-words?
18 supporters
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0
No
11
Race
Is there blackface?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Relationships
Yes
4
No
1
0
Anonymous
One regular couple on the show starts dating at ages 20 and 29. The older man is worried about this and the woman states that she doesn’t care. The younger woman is usually the more dominant one in the relationship. Another older character mentions that one of his ex wives started dating him when he was 15 after having helped deliver him the hospital and been his babysitter. This relationship was stated to be abusive, and she later returns to harass him onscreen
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Sex
Yes
22
No
2
5
theanonymouswhisperer
Any nudity is censored and sexual content happens off screen.
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0
telethon
Leslie tries to "sell" a date with Ann at one point to raise funds, which Ann is obviously not comfortable with.
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Yes
6
No
2
1
Dorianaz9
several characters (especially Andy) can be naked at times however everything is censored.
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Is there bestiality?
46 supporters
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0
No
5
0
telethon
No, but there's a joke about April losing hers in Season 2.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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51 supporters
Yes
5
No
11
4
claricestarbuck
In 4x14, there's a gag where a guy implies he is attracted to his sister. Otherwise, there isn't tho
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Sexism
2
Jjjjjj
Tom’s finger gets hit by a bowling ball (not graphic and barely even seen), and he reacts exaggeratedly. I don’t think he actually cries, but Ann and Ron comment about his reaction. Ann says that he is acting like a “female bird” aka Tweety Bird
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Sickness
Does someone have a chronic illness?
6 supporters
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1
No
2
Social
Yes
7
No
0
0
telethon
Andy being homeless is a major plot point at the start of season 2. Jean-Ralphio says he's technically homeless at one point, but it's not touched on beyond that.
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Spoiler
Yes
4
No
11
0
telethon
Characters are seen taking turns performing as Santa in Christmas Scandal. I don't know if this spoils Santa per se, but it might require some explaining. Then again, I don't think Parks is very appropriate for someone who's not old enough to know Santa isn't real...
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Does it have a sad ending?
24 supporters
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0
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22
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
8 supporters
Yes
19
No
8
5
hyperandrogenism
Tom gets into a crash off screen but the car is shown after, Donna hits vans with her car
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
7 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
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18
Yes
15
No
4
0
telethon
Jean Ralphio explains at one point that he got someone to hit him with a car so he could sue for a lot of money. This is not shown.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
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0
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16
Is there blood/gore?
31 supporters
Yes
16
No
4
1
andrewkreiss
paintings shown at city hall have slight gore in them, blood shown on rare occasions
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
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0
No
22
Yes
15
No
7
3
hyperandrogenism
There is one episode where they go hunting and Ron is shot on accident, and in two other episodes they go hunting but nothing is shown being shot.
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