i’ll miss you, Parks and Rec.

*this post was intended for yesterday. but because, ya’ know, life, it’s going up now. friday faves post to follow in a couple hours. maybe.

*also, there may be spoilers ahead. if you haven’t seen the final episode yet, don’t read any further than the next paragraph. but feel free to scroll thru and look at the pictures. 

parkspeepsi finally caught up and watched the last episode of “Parks and Recreation” last night. it was perfect. then something happened that sometimes happens after a movie or show ends. i felt very sad. but not the same kind of sad i felt after Breaking Bad ended, knowing there’d be no more exciting episodes or food-themed viewing parties with friends. and not the same kind of sad i felt after watching Bridesmaids for the first time (of dozens), knowing i’d just witnessed pure brilliance that i’d never be a part of. i mean the kind of sad that involved ice cream and binge-watching bloopers clips on youtube. not because the final episode wasn’t everything; it was. but because i won’t see my friends at the Parks department anymore.

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this magical show managed to do the seemingly undoable. “Parks and Rec” came on the scene during TV’s comedy upswing, amid mostly sardonic shows about nothing, with a heart of gold and a zest for local government. it’s love of friendship, public parks and breakfast food was enough to make our jaded viewership tendencies turn our noses up and change the channel. but we didn’t. i didn’t. i fell completely in love with the always optimistic, always funny, and consistently heart-warming team of misfits. the Rudy of comedies for most of it’s 7ish seasons, ended an absolute powerhouse, both hilarious and uplifting. proving not only is there room for the wonderful, there’s a craving for it.

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here’s what “Parks and Rec” gave us:

  • Amy Poehler, the smart, confident and caring, passionate, government-loving feminist Leslie Knope, who never gives up, always has a plan, and never sacrifices her relationships for personal gain. i believe i’ll miss you most of all.
  • proof that not only can opposing views exist in the same civil space, they can be friends (Leslie + Ron)
  • Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson, in all his comedic genius
  • highlighting the true value of breakfast food: “why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” ~ Leslie Knope
  • introductions to now household names: Aziz Ansari (if you weren’t familiar with his stand up), Jim O’Heir, Aubrey Plaza, and…
  • Retta as the always in-the-know, always elusive, always genuine Donna Meagle.
  • “treat yo’ self”
  • community service, caring about something other than yourself, and loving your job can be cool
  • weekly Chris Pratt and Adam Scott. thank you.
  • being loyal to your friends is where it’s at
  • funny, even hilarious, doesn’t have to be mean, sardonic or jaded
  • Galentine’s Day
  • consistent positive undertones like the importance of honesty and having each other’s backs
  • Tom Haverford’s food nicknames
  • community over self promotion (well, almost every time. looking at you Tom Haverford…)
  • the all-time BEST guest stars: Mona Lisa Saperstein (Jenny Slate), Joe Biden, Jen Barkley (Kathryn Hahn), Michelle Obama, Dave Sanderson (Louis CK), Tammy 2, Tammy 2, and Tammy 2 (the infinitely talented Megan Mullally).
  • the best cast on television.

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 11.04.14 AM…and so much more. thank you, to the cast and crew of “Parks and Recreation.” you will be missed.

one last thing, does anyone know who makes that tote that Leslie is carrying in the airport scene with April in the next to last episode? i’d like to make it a diaper bag immediately. any leads are appreciated. thanks!

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