The time when any hit show comes to their final season can sadden those involved, cast and fans alike, and the reactions to Parks and Recreation’s conclusion is no different. Anyone who has seen the show will miss all of the characters’ wacky misadventures in local politics. The seventh and final season premiered last night, and many viewers surely enjoyed it.
One notable fan, who has had many cameos throughout the series, but regrettably could not be included in the finale. The center for the Indiana Pacers, Roy Hibbert, talked to Rolling Stone and answered questions about his roles, favorite character and episode, and if he may have gotten any finale spoilers. The NBA star said he looks forward to this season.
Since the series debut of Parks and Recreation on Apr. 9, 2009, many of the main cast have only been boosted from their profiles on the show. Amy Poehler went from Saturday Night Live (SNL) and Mean Girls to Broad City and co-hosting the Golden Globes. Another cast member, with his recent role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt, will be in the summer remake of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World.
Michael Schur, the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, had much to say on the success of the series, and was ready to point fingers at those who truly did the series justice. He mentioned how Nick Offerman, who portrayed Ron Swanson, made a real 180, both for himself and the show.
Offerman stated that “People kept telling me, ‘Stick around, if you get the right thing you might do some good.’” And when Schur saw that Offerman was passed up for a role on The Office, he said “This guy’s amazing.” After being passed over as a series regular several times, Offerman and Schur came together and created one of the show’s most memorable characters.
Poehler, Pratt, Offerman, and the other Parks and Rec cast gave fans dozens of incredible episodes, and their reactions for this final season, ultimately shape how much of a bang the hit show goes out with. And Schur said that since they constantly believed they could be canceled, the show had a seize-the-day mentality to it. And with the mindset to not pull any punches, this final season could be the very best of ‘em.
And with everyone, more or less, going off into separate ventures, Pratt said how he believes they will remain a family, united by their years together. “This is what we signed up for. It’s the circus,” Pratt said. You join, you perform, and then you circle back around for another cycle of fun. He said that the cast will always have the memories of their onset adventures to laugh at.
The hit show’s final and seventh season has commenced, and the fans nationwide better have their DVRs running because reacting to this event just once may not enough with the Parks and Rec very talented cast. For those planning on watching it, enjoy it. Shows like this do not come along very often.
By Matthew Austin Bowers