Mandi Bierly
December 29, 2009 AT 11:17 PM EST

If you’ve heard “Parks and Recreation is so much better this season” — and chances are you have — believe it. While your regular Tuesday night shows are in repeats, give this sophomore comedy a chance with tonight’s special four-episode mini-marathon (NBC, starting at 8 p.m. ET). You get Leslie (Amy Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, dealing with the fallout of mistakenly marrying two male penguins at the local zoo, staking out a community garden in which someone has chosen to plant pot, judging a beauty pageant, and going on a “practice date” (watch a clip bel0w).

Once you’re hooked, catch up with all 12 season 2 episodes on Hulu.

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