It kind of surprised me, too, because while I remembered liking the show, I didn’t realize exactly how much I enjoyed it.
Luckily, I’ve been able to rewatch the entire run of the show thanks to cable TV.
Both Comedy Central and FX have been airing daily blocks of the adventures of our friends from Pawnee, Indiana, so I’ve been recording it and then binge watching.
Actually, I have four episodes to go, but those don’t air until tomorrow.
And finding the seventh and final season has been a struggle. For some reason, both stations went back to airing the Pilot after the final episode of season six. I’ve been scrolling through the cable guide on a daily basis in search of the elusive season seven.
I even sent an angry email to FX demanding to know why they were trying to deprive me of my last thirteen chances to hang out with Leslie Knope and her gang.
I think I let out a whoop when I discovered that Comedy Central was airing season seven this weekend.
In doing so, I was reminded how The Office totally went downhill once Michael Scott left Dunder Mifflin to move to Colorado.
Those last few seasons are watchable, but not nearly as classic as the Michael years.
Parks and Rec did the exact opposite. The first season was difficult to watch. Leslie was too much of a goof. She was a female version of Michael Scott, but not in a good way.
They definitely righted the ship in season two. Leslie changed. For the better. It also helped to get Ron out of those suits, which just look ridiculous on him now.
Parks and Rec really hit its stride, though, when they got rid of Mark, and brought in Ben and Chris. That was when the show really clicked, and it seemed like the writers knew exactly where they wanted to take the characters.
Unlike The Office, which got weaker as they added more characters, Parks and Rec evolved into a well oiled comedy machine.
Who doesn’t wish they had a boss like Leslie Knope? She would do anything for her coworkers, and she found a way to turn the most mundane tasks into something fun.
Another very important reason why I love Parks and Rec is because I always want to write after I’ve watched it.
The show is just that good. The writing that inspiring. The characters that well drawn.
I’m constantly reaching for my laptop after time spent in Pawneee, to type up new ideas for my TV series. The notes are usually about giving my characters more depth, or that there is humor to be found in the most boring parts of daily life.
They could be jerks at times, and I wasn’t always rooting for them.
Of course, I used to live in New York, and that was part of Seinfeld’s appeal for me. I got the humor. I could relate to the attitudes. I knew people similar to the characters.
Now I live a more simple life, and my tastes have changed.
I’d move to Pawnee in a heartbeat, and apply for a job in the Parks and Recreation Department as soon as I was settled.
I can’t wait to watch the last four episodes tomorrow, but at the same time, I’m sad that the show will be coming to an end once again.
In this age of reboots, can’t they bring back Leslie and the gang?
I’d certainly like to spend more time with them.
Leslie Knope would never put up a wall. In fact, she tore down the one that separated Pawnee and Eagleton.
Sure, it released a swarm of bees that attacked the citizens, but her heart was in the right place. And that’s why Parks and Recreation is now the number one show in my heart.
What’s your all time favorite TV show? Do any TV shows inspire you to write?