parks and recreation

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Pawnee Forever

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Parks and Rec brings on the tears while the Oscars bring on the facepalms. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Series Finale Recap: “One Last Ride”

When it comes to series finales there is always too much to ask, and doubly so when a show has been on for quite a while and has catered to a smallish but enthusiastic group of fans. How can one finale possibly satisfy everyone? It’s impossible, but Parks and Recreation comes pretty damn close at providing one of the sweetest finales ever of a sitcom. It’s lowkey funny, and perhaps a little too neat, but it’s 100 percent Pawnee and that’s what it should be. … Read More

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Reboots, Robots and ‘Recreation': Links You Need To See

Sobs will surely be heard throughout American households tonight as Parks and Recreation fans gather to watch the series finale of the seven season show. And while cries and moans might be appropriate, consider this alternative: commemorating the beloved show with a group sing-along of legendary guitarist Andy Dwyer’s (aka Johnny Karate) finest work. It’s also crucial, in these tough times, to remember that nothing is ever truly gone… so long as it’s commoditized. Parks and Recreation will always be in your hearts (with purchase of this show-related paraphernalia). … Read More

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How Chris Traeger Brought a Jolt of Strangely Seminal Energy to ‘Parks and Recreation’

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

It seems that Rob Lowe’s Chris Traeger, along with Adam Scott’s Ben Wyatt, came to Parks and Recreation to fill the (diminutive) hole the show’s creative team knew would be left by Mark Brendanawicz once they finally gave him the boot. At this early stage in the show’s run — one of the last episodes of Season 2 — Chris was a vessel for the show’s epiphanic change in tone, a change that endeared it to, well, some people. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’s’ Donna Meagle Is the Fat Heroine of My Dreams

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

The most shocking thing a fat woman can do is to have a loving boyfriend — especially a loving boyfriend who finds her genuinely attractive, instead of merely developing an affection for the quirks of her misshape in the way one finds a crooked nose or awkward birthmark sort of adorable over time. … Read More

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Knoptimism vs. Liz Lemonism: How ‘Parks and Recreation’ Took a Different Feminist Route

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are colleagues, co-hosts, and friends — and Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, their respective sitcom vehicles, both find the comedians playing successful professional women. Each lovingly spoofs a neurotic, limited-worldview mold of feminism. But as other writers have already noted, the two show’s approaches to their protagonists’ feminism are a study in feminist contrasts. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’s’ Jerry/Terry/Larry/Garry Gergich Is My Anti-Careerist Idol

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

Garry Gergich is not a loser. Even if Garry lets his co-workers address him incorrectly for 30 years — first as Jerry, then Terry, then Larry — without correcting them, he is not a loser. Even if he spills his soup on himself, falls into a creek while chasing after a burrito, kills DJ Roomba, gets his words mixed up and rips his pants, babbles after talking for more than 20 seconds, or farts (a lot) while having a heart attack, Garry Gergich is not a loser. He is an anti-careerist, and he is my idol. … Read More

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The Low-Key Radicalism of Leslie Knope’s Nonexistent Motherhood Storyline

Parks and Recreation ends its seven-season run Tuesday night on NBC. To celebrate the show’s unforgettable characters, Flavorwire is publishing a series of tributes to our favorite Pawnee residents. Click here to follow our coverage.

I’ve always wanted Leslie Knope to be happy. She is a better person than I am — a better person, perhaps, than it is possible for anyone who lives outside the unlikely utopia of fictional Pawnee, Indiana to be. But by the time Leslie’s Season 5 marriage to Ben Wyatt and particularly last year’s revelation that she was pregnant came around, I (like A.V. Club’s Libby Hill) was too sick of seeing pop culture’s powerful women forced to “have it all” to be thrilled for her. Instead, I thought, somewhat unfairly, “Another one bites the dust.” What Parks and Recreation has done with the character since the end of last season, though, has made me reconsider. … Read More

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