When I first heard the news that Parks and Recreation would be airing its final season this year, I was heartbroken. As a guy who tends to be organized in everything he does, I always plan out my schedule in such a way that I keep up with the TV shows I watch. But that week I got to a point where I was finding any reason to not watch the series finale. Alas, I had to face my fears and view the end of a magnificent TV show.
Parks and Recreation first aired in 2009 and introduced us to overly ambitious public servant Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her hopes to make the beloved city of Pawnee the best in the world. Knope, along with her crack team, work for the Parks Department and are supervised by Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), who’s filled with anti-government sentiment. During a public forum, the department’s authority is questioned by a local nurse, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), when her boyfriend Andy (Chris Pratt) falls into a pit behind their house. Knope gives Perkins her word to tend to the issue, thus making it the foundation of their undying friendship.
Over the next few seasons, she jumps through hoops with her team—Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), misanthropic April (Aubrey Plaza), Donna (Retta), and Jerry (Jim O’Heir)—to make the pit into a park. The show mocks the effectiveness of a local government when Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) are tasked by the state government with assisting the government of Pawnee, which blossoms into new friendships and relationships.
Parks and Recreation is not a show about politics. It’s about the character-driven storylines and the connections they make with the audience. The series finale wrapped up the show perfectly, giving every character the ending they deserved and leaving the audience with optimism and hope.
The finale commendably left the audience with no loose ends. We are definitely going to miss the cast and all their quirks. Everything from Ron’s anti-government rants and Ben’s nerdiness to Jerry’s clumsiness, Tom and Donna’s “Treat Yo Self” days, April’s hatred for humanity, Andy’s multiple personas, and Leslie and Ann’s friendship. So if you haven’t watched the series finale yet, get ready for a whirlpool of emotions. Or if you are looking for a good TV show to watch, this is literally one of the best ones yet.