As a fan of feel-good comedy shows, you can’t really do much better than Parks and Recreation. Starting out as a sort of cheap knockoff of The Office, Parks and Recreation slowly evolved into being a beast of its own. Sure, it still had the mockumentary style that has since fallen out of favor, but it morphed from a simple, workplace comedy into a story about a group of passionate people trying to make a difference in their own small way.
Their city of Pawnee, Indiana quickly turned into a living, breathing entity in and of itself, providing a constant obstacle for Leslie Knope and her employees in the Parks Department. The show ended on its own terms a few years back, with its last season really digging as deep as humanly possible into its own mythology. By the time the season ended, decades passed, we saw where each core member of the group would end up, and there really seemed to be no other place any other show can go.
But never say never. During a PaleyFest reunion, which brought together creators Mike Schur and Greg Daniels, and the main cast of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Jim O’Heir, and Rob Lowe, the subject of a revival was brought up. Here’s what Schur had to say on the panel.
“Everyone on this stage — and like 6 other people — would have to feel like there was a story that needed to be told.”
That’s right. EVERYONE and more need to agree that it’s worth telling. So if there’s one dissenter, it’ll be a no-go. But as I stated above, the show itself kind of ended on the best possible terms.
“The show had an argument to make,” Schur said. “The argument was about teamwork and friendship and positivity being optimistic and not getting cynical and believing that people can do good and believing in the power of public service and believing that if you work hard and you put your head down and believe in the people around you who are part of your team, that good things are possible. That you’ll achieve the things you want to achieve, and I don’t feel like we left anything on the table. I feel like the show sort of made its argument. And we also — maybe this was like a preventative measure or something — we did jumped ahead to the year, like, 2074.”
For what it’s worth, Nick Offerman, who plays the incomparable Ron Swanson, is down.
“Oh, sure. I’ll do anything Parks and Rec as long as the brass is behind it,” he said to THR. “I mean, the gifts that that show is brought to me I’m still collecting every day and I don’t imagine I’ll ever feel that I’ve fully repaid them.”
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