Parks & Rec was never meant to be revived (despite Amy Poehler’s interest)

Parks & Recreation came to an end in 2015, which was eligible for a revival, but although Amy Poehler would be up for it, Parks & Recreation is one of those TV shows that should never be revived. Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, Parks & Recreation took the audience to the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana to meet the Parks Department crew led by the ever-optimistic Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Through them, viewers got to know their closest friends and colleagues and saw how Leslie and these characters went through many ups and downs in their personal and professional lives.


Although it got off to a rocky start as Season 1 of Parks & Recreation struggled to find its own voice and tone, subsequent seasons made it one of the best TV shows of the decade. Parks & Recreation ended in 2015 after seven seasons and many life changes for Leslie and co., but they continued to love and support each other and became one big happy family. Now the entertainment industry is trending and reboots and revivals are some of the hottest ones, but even if Leslie Knope herself is poised for a return to Pawnee, Parks & Recreation should never be revived as it doesn’t have to be.

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Parks & Recreation had a perfect ending

Parks Rec Finale

The last episode of Parks & Recreation is widely regarded as one of the best TV finales in recent years, as it beautifully addressed the fates of its main characters without sacrificing the show’s sense of humor. That Parks & Recreation The finale featured flash forwards for each main character, in which the show’s writers gave the audience a glimpse into each character’s near and distant future, leaving essentially no loose ends (except for one, but more on that later). First off, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) got the job as Superintendent of the National Park in Pawnee, which was perfect for him as he didn’t have to socialize and spent all day in the stillness and tranquility of nature. Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) processed the ending of his restaurant Tom’s Bistro, which, however, made him a bestselling author.

April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) found her ideal job at the American Service Foundation and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) followed her to DC, and after some hesitation on April’s part, they became parents. Donna Meagle (Retta) started a non-profit organization to support her husband’s school, and Jerry Gergich (Jim O’Heir) was elected Mayor of Pawnee several times and died at the age of 100. Eventually, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) became an Indiana representative for the US House of Representatives, and Leslie became Indiana Governor and possibly President of the United States, with that being the one “loose end”/mystery Parks & Recreation Left.

The Parks & Recreation Reunion Special was also perfect

Parks and Rec Department is hanging out at a restaurant

Parks & Recreation made sure the stories of its main characters (and even those of supporting characters like Craig and Jean Ralphio) were brought to a proper ending, and the reunion special was added without spoiling the finale. That Parks and Recreation Special was set during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Leslie catching up with the rest via video call due to social distancing, and there were some fun revelations about the characters’ current situation (which the finale’s flash-forwards never showed). Leslie is Regional Director for the National Park Service, Ben began producing a claymation film based on his board game The Cones of Dunshire but the project is abandoned, and Ron is in his cubicle, and since he’s never really liked humans, he’s enjoying social distancing.

April randomly chooses five pieces of clothing each day to wear while Andy accidentally locks himself in his shed. Tom’s book tour has been canceled due to the pandemic, Donna supports teachers wherever she can, and Jerry is the mayor of Pawnee. While all of this arguably provides the writers with plenty of material for a revival, just having this information and glimpses of the characters’ futures is far more fun and entertaining. Even though Amy Poehler shared (via persons) that she is ready for a Parks & Leisure Reboot whenever it happens, the truth is that the story of Leslie and her friends is over and they have been given a fitting, satisfying, fun and beautiful ending that should neither be expanded nor undone.

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Will there be a reboot of Parks & Recreation?

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)

Parks & Leisure Creator said Michael Schur back in 2019during a reunion at PaleyFest that he “would never say never” to revive the series, but they would only do it if they all felt “like there’s something forcing us to do it‘, and if a performer said no, they wouldn’t do it. The team behind Parks & Leisure seems aware of the risks of reviving the show and that for now there is no need to do so Parks & Recreation Restart will not happen.

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