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Why should 'Parks and Recreation' be considered a TV milestone? An MSU professor weighs in

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MSU's media expert has a new book, "Parks and Recreation."

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Created by Emmy Award-winning executive producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation” was a TV sitcom. It aired on NBC for seven seasons, from 2009-2015.

The series starred Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana.

In an homage to the show, Dr. Holly Holladay’s new book, “Parks and Recreation” explores how the show evolved as a traditional network sitcom in a post-network era.

Holladay, an associate professor of media, journalism and film at Missouri State University, talks about the book.

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the assistant director in the Office of Strategic Communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.