CULT FICTION: Six reasons why everyone should watch Parks and Recreation
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Did you hear that ALL seven season of Parks and Rec have now been added to Netflix?
Best. News. Ever.
In case you're still undecided about watching it, let us help convince you that it's one of the best comedies in recent years and definitely worth your time...
1) What's it about?
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your colleagues, sometimes though they're one and the same. Parks and Recreation is such a wonderful show because, just like your own office, every character in the show is unique and has their own stories, eccentricities, annoying habits and wonderful qualities.
Even the rogue FBI agent, Burt Tyrannosaurus Macklin, gets a backstory.
The story revolves around the odd but hilarious trials of the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana.
The idealistic, optimistic and wonderfully enthusiastic Leslie Knope is responsible for rallying the strangest bunch of bureaucrats that you're likely to meet.
In my opinion, Leslie is one of the most important characters of the modern TV era. She's a progressive force for change, unshakable in her goals and fearless in her bid to make this small corner of the world a better place to live in, but most importantly, she's a good person.
Amy Poehler's wonderful Emmy award-winning performance has even permeated the cultural zeitgeist.
Don't believe me? Google 'Galentine's Day'.
It's not all goody-two shoes stuff though because the juxtaposition of Leslie working alongside Ron Swanson is where the real appeal of the show lies.
These people really shouldn't like each other; she's a cheerleader for all things government and even ranks Joe Biden as her dream man, while libertarian Ron is happy to preach the merits of giving a deactivated landmine to a girl or eating all the bacon and eggs that a restaurant has to offer.
Note: ALL the bacon and eggs.
I've discussed at length why Ron is a TV great, but the supporting cast in Parks and Rec are equally important.
Without spoiling too much, it's impossible not to love Chris Pratt's incredibly clueless but lovable doofus Andy (the many names for his band Mouse Rat alone will do that) and his scenes with the cynical, apathetic and bittersweet April are a joy to watch.
The narcissistic but brilliant duo of Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio deserve their own spin-off show, while Donna, Ann, Ben, Chris and even Brendanawicz bring something different to the table.
Did we forget something? Damnit Jerry!
2) It's almost like...
Arrested Development mixed with The Office, but there's probably a bit more heart to it.
3) It's worth your time because...
The first season is just ok, especially when compared to what else is in store.
Trust me, stick with it though because you'll eventually think of these characters as your own mates. Ron Swanson - and his pyramid of greatness - is a must-see for every man, woman and child, while advice like this is priceless.
4) Did you know...?
The show was originally conceived as a spin-off of The Office and was originally going to be titled Public Service.
5) One episode and you're hooked...
Pawnee Zoo, the first episode of Season 2 sees Leslie become a champion for the rights of gay penguins in an incredibly clever take on marriage equality.
6) If the show was a person...
Your friend that just seems like they always have the ability to lift your mood at anytime.