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We're back!

So sayeth Leslie Knope and so be it. Last night, Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler's adorably entertaining civil servant-com made its long-delayed return and — no offense to the mustachioed magnificence that is Leslie's boss — it has earned a spot at the top of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.

Picking up on last season's work stoppage at the Parks department, our girl rounded up the Pawnee posse to propose a massive Harvest Festival project that could save their jobs. But this wasn't just another day at the office. It's like the whole show has undergone some sort of sitcom rehab. Maybe the time off for Poehler's pregnancy let everyone grow a little bit. Because the comedy seems quicker, the relationships are more root-worthy (especially the oddball has-to-happen paring of Leslie and Adam Scott's Ben), and the entire ensemble is at the top of their game. Honestly, who knew Rob Lowe could be so adorkable?! And don't even get us started on Nick Offerman's Ron. The man is a force of nature, so bless the writers for giving him more to do with the equally awesome Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford. These two alone are worth a half hour of your time.

Now, we know some of you may have tuned out after the wobbly first season, and the extended lapse between Season 2 and last night's premiere surely gave the more casual viewers a chance to pick up a new show to watch in its absence. So trust us when we tell you that Parks isn't just back. It's also better than ever.

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