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PHOTOS: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Set of Parks and Recreation

Dreams do come true—as long as your dreams are relatively modest. I have a bunch, mostly impractical, but I was finally able to cross one item off my bucket list when I visited the set of NBC's Parks and Recreation a couple weeks ago during the Television Critics Association press tour. It was like taking a trip to Pawnee, Indiana itself: As I wandered through City Hall, this world felt tangible and real. And then I had to once again remind myself of the difference between television and reality. Along with several other critics, I joined a tour group led by Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope herself!), Aubrey Plaza (April), and series writer Dan Goor. And like any good tourist visiting City Hall, I took too many photos...

Ron Swanson's Desk

Where all of Ron Swanson's most important decisions are made.

Leslie Knopes's Office

As you can see in the framed photos, Leslie's heroes include Margaret Thatcher and, of course, her mother—Judge Marlene Griggs-Knope.

Leslie Knopes's Bookshelf

Fun fact: The little girl pictured above Nancy Pelosi and Condoleeza Rice on Leslie's office wall is wee Amy Poehler. The bookshelf holds tomes by and about such influential figures as Thomas Jefferson, Gandhi, Joan of Arc, and Jackie O.

The City Hall Shoe-Shine

Aubrey Plaza shows off Andy's shoe-shine station, where Plaza's character April likes to linger.

NEXT: A closer look at the historic murals of Pawnee City Hall >>

Dreams do come true—as long as your dreams are relatively modest. I have a bunch, mostly impractical, but I was finally able to cross one item off my bucket list when I visited the set of NBC's Parks and Recreation a couple weeks ago during the Television Critics Association press tour. It was like taking a trip to Pawnee, Indiana itself: As I wandered through City Hall, this world felt tangible and real. And then I had to once again remind myself of the difference between television and reality. Along with several other critics, I joined a tour group led by Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope herself!), Aubrey Plaza (April), and series writer Dan Goor. And like any good tourist visiting City Hall, I took too many photos...

A closer look at the historic murals of Pawnee City Hall:

City Hall Mural #1

Pawnee's absurdly offensive history is documented in City Hall's colorful (and upsetting) murals.

City Hall Mural #2

Leslie covered this mural's violent content with a copy of Indiana's labor laws. You can still get a hint of the bloodshed.

City Hall Mural #3

Title: "A Lively Fisting."

City Hall Mural #4, Side A

If you think this side of the mural is politically incorrect...

City Hall Mural #4, Side B

...check out the other side.

NEXT: Major (episode) props >>

Dreams do come true—as long as your dreams are relatively modest. I have a bunch, mostly impractical, but I was finally able to cross one item off my bucket list when I visited the set of NBC's Parks and Recreation a couple weeks ago during the Television Critics Association press tour. It was like taking a trip to Pawnee, Indiana itself: As I wandered through City Hall, this world felt tangible and real. And then I had to once again remind myself of the difference between television and reality. Along with several other critics, I joined a tour group led by Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope herself!), Aubrey Plaza (April), and series writer Dan Goor. And like any good tourist visiting City Hall, I took too many photos...

Various episode props:

The Parks Department Summer Catalog

Remember when Andy and April made it onto the cover?

A Bag O' Rubber Nipples

As revealed in last week's Season 3 premiere, while the Pawnee government was shut down, Donna spent her time selling these rubber nipples. Hey, whatever pays the bills.

Leslie and Ron's Master Plan

Looks like a light read.

Duke Silver Merch

Ron Swanson's alter ego Duke Silver continues to seduce women with his dulcet tones. On the end of the table, you can also see a box of CDs by Andy's band, Mouserat.

The Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness

Essential reading for the kids on the new basketball team Ron has been appointed to coach.

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The Pyramid of greatness -- "Romantic Love" is lodged between "Chicken Protein" and "Deer Protein" and "Skim Milk" is mentioned twice -- the better to emphasize that the great avoid it like the plague . . .
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Lol! I love how you presented Mural #4.
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April!!!!
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love the pyramid of greatness
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april ludgate!!
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Great :)
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