A Special ‘Parks and Recreation’ Treat (Yo Self)

I was smiling as soon as Leslie Knope’s face lit up my TV screen. Heck, I was smiling as soon as the show’s quirky title sequence livened up my living room – both things I never thought I’d experience again following the end of Parks and Recreation’s original run. The Pawnee Parks Department is back to assuage our stay-at-home blues with a greatest hits run of iconic bits and recurring show motifs— along with some quarantine jabs thrown in for good measure. Sure, the episode lacks the polish of a usual production and is missing the surefire energy of an in-room ensemble, but this Coronavirus relief special is nonetheless a momentous reunion delivered at the right place and right time. Continue reading

On Caring Loudly

b783116f-1bcd-4321-8a4b-ca3f3eb6c376*After reading Leslie Knope’s letter to America following Trump’s victory, I decided to revisit the first episode of Parks & Rec. In it remains indisputably my favorite line: “These people are members of the community that care about where they live. So what I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly at me.” This is my tribute.

I didn’t care for politics. I thought this made me cool, hip, relevant. Because people in their 20s are too busy swiping right, Netflix and chilling, and trying to figure their shit out that they can’t possibly find the time to stay politically informed. For as long as I can remember, I did my best not to care. I realize now that this was the problem.  Continue reading

Parks and Recreation: Top Ten Moments

Parks and Recreation is ending next week. Though I refuse to admit that it’s all coming to a close, I’d still like to take this time to reflect on my personal favorite moments. This is more of a quiet protest on my part to prove that no other comedy series out there deserves your love and attention. So, to further entice you, I am going to share my ten most treasured memories of this comedic gem of a show. Whether you’re a fan or not, my hope is that this list will get you to revisit these episodes or finally check out the show for yourself, and maybe tune in for the finale next Tuesday or whatever. Shall we begin? Continue reading