Feb 25, 2015

85+ Things I'll Miss About 'Parks and Recreation'

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It's hard to put into words how much I love Parks and Recreation. Right now, mere hours after the series finale, I'm having a hard time emotionally preparing for a world without it. For seven years, the residents of Pawnee, Indiana have brought happiness and laughter into my home and homes around the world.  Not a ton of homes, but a solid number. Like, consistently in the millions.

While the last season of Parks (and the finale) wasn't always the funniest television, it did work to send the characters we love off in style, showcasing the many strengths of the show. And since I can't seem to form my love of the show into complete sentences, I'm just going to list a bunch of things that I will miss about Parks and Recreation:
  • Leslie Knope's can-do spirit and endurance in the face of adversity.
  • DJ Roomba
  • Flu Season
  • The 4th Floor
  • Celebrations of female friendship

  • Ron Swanson's hatred of government and love of the outdoors, Lagavulin scotch whisky, and steak
  • Fart attack
  • Bert Macklin's sweet moves
  • Shawna Malwae-Tweep's dismissal of Leslie's amazing newspaper headlines
  • Accountant jokes and the incalculable joy they bring
  • Mouse Rat
  • Joe Biden love
  • Donna Meagle's amazing... everything
  • Crazy Ira and the Douche
  • The most intense Model UN war of all time
  • April speaking rapid-fire Spanish
  • Pawnee and Eagleton rivalries
  • Kaboom!
  • Garry Gergich's sunny outlook (and amazing home life)
  • Leslie Knope: Queen of the Gays
  • Tammy 2 and Ron's sexual chemistry
  • Champion
  • Perd Hapley
  • Louis C.K. as the nicest cop in the world
  • Nick Offerman's mustache
  • Nick Offerman's everything else
  • Galentine's Day
  • Ice Town
  • Jean-Ralphio's terrible rapping and his obsession with Leslie.
  • The entire Saperstein clan
  • Johnny Karate
  • Tom Haverford's swag lifestyle and terrible money-managing skills
  • Craig caring TOO MUCH!
  • "Ann Perkins!"
  • April and Andy's entire relationship
  • Donna's cousin Ginuwine
  • Sad-sack Kyle
  • The belief that female goals and ambitions are just as (if not more) important than male goals and ambitions.
  • Joan Calamezzo
  • Treat Yo Self!
  • "She drove me here!"
  • Ann trying in vain to make the citizens healthier
  • Gryzzl
  • Chris Pratt's physical comedy
  • Mark Brandani-quits and we never talk about him anymore
  • Town Hall meetings
  • Jennifer Barkley and Bobby Newport
  • "Give me all the bacon and eggs you have"
  • Some solid satirical work throughout the 7 seasons
  • Andy Dwyer's eagerness to help and general eagerness
  • "Lit-rally"
  • The Sweetums Corporation
  • Ben Wyatt's appreciation of numbers and respect of Leslie Knope
  • The Harvest Festival
  • Snake Juice
  • Lot 48, for bringing Ann and Leslie together
  • Blooper Reels
  • Ron and Leslie's incredibly strong and beautiful friendship
  • Mike Schur's comedic brilliance
So, that's 85 reasons that I'm going to miss the crap out of Parks and Recreation, and I could probably list 85 more (Beef milk!). I might just keep listing them as they pop into my head (Leslie's bird calls!). There are literally too many things to write down (Detlef Shrempf!).

Parks and Recreation -- I love you, and I like you. And I will not miss Councilman Jamm.

PS. JJ's Diner, Leslie's descriptions of Ann, Ann getting all those penises sent to her phone, Garry's woeful attempt to retrieve a burrito, that guy who likes Twilight a lot, the porn version of Leslie Knope!

PPS. Duke Silver, Orin, Raccoons!

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