For seven seasons, the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation gave us a glimpse into the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana staffed by the eternally optimistic Leslie Knope, the breakfast food-loving Ron Swanson, and a bunch of other hilarious public servants. Parks and Rec was a beacon of hope, suggesting that even the most callous and inept among us still have their hearts in the right place.
And if our current political moment has shown us anything, it's that Parks and Rec was one hundred percent correct!
But that wildly sunny worldview permeated the show, making it one of the most reliably wholesome shows in the history of television. Every single character on that show loved everyone else, and they constantly went out of their way to show it. And so, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed by the cruelty and cynicism in the real world, think back on these moments when Parks and Rec was the most wholesome show on TV.
At the beginning of the show, Tom Haverford was slimy and obsessed with status.When we were first introduced to Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford, he was off-putting, the kind of creepy social-climber who you could tell had nothing going on beneath the surface.
But his friends still came out for him.In one of the first moments that saw Parks and Rec put its flag in the ground and shared how nice the characters were going to be was when Tom held a big event at a club. He sold Snake Juice and all his pals from the Parks Department showed up to support him (and get just obliterated on Snake Juice).
And at the end of the day, he made himself a success.In the series finale, we find Tom having successfully parlayed his many, many business failures into a successful self-help career... mostly on how to deal with failures. We couldn't help but be touched by the little weirdo's hard work. No one failed better than Tom Haverford.
Leslie and Ann's friendship was pure from the beginning.
When Ann Perkins walked into the Parks Department to demand they fill in the sinkhole behind her house, she didn't know she was also walking into the life of Leslie Knope, her future best friend.