There are certain shows that will forever stand the test of time: I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Friends, and, I think it's pretty safe to say, Parks and Recreation. First airing on April 9th and running for seven seasons, Parks and Rec had the perfect combination of smart writing, a stellar ensemble cast, a gripping story arc, and relatable characters that are flawed, complex, and totally endearing. If you're anything like me, you've been longing for a reboot since the last episode aired and have binge-watched the entire series too many times to count.
So you can imagine my complete and utter joy when I heard about a Parks and Rec reunion happening at the Paley Center For Media on Thursday, March 21st. Keep scrolling to find out all the highlights from the momentous event. A word of caution, though: It might make you want to immediately watch through the entire series again, no matter how recently you may have finished it.
"Parks and Recreation" was one of those shows that you never wanted to end.But, on February 24, 2015, it did. And we've all been longing for "P n' R" to come back into our lives ever since.
There were so many things about it that made it stand out from other sitcoms of its time.
While most shows and movies pit women against each other, Ann and Leslie's relationship showed the magic that happens when jealousy and underhandedness are replaced with love, support, and encouragement.
The wonderfully diverse and unique cast also made "Parks and Rec" a true TV gem.
It also made caring about your community and getting involved in local government cool again.
I've watched "Parks and Rec" in its entirety probably way more times than necessary, and there are parts of the show that I'll never forget.
Or Jerry's unfortunate "fart attack".
Leslie and Ben's wedding.
When Ann and Chris move to Michigan.This scene will always make me tear up. In fact, I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it. ...just give me a moment to get myself together.....
Li'l Sebastian's memorial service.
Honestly, there are too many memorable moments to name.
What is PaleyFest, you might ask?www.paleycenter.org, PaleyFest is "the premier television festival in the country—a must-attend entertainment event produced by The Paley Center for Media that brings you together with the talent behind your favorite TV shows."
One of such events during the fest was a Parks and Recreation reunion, which, not surprisingly, sold out almost instantly.It included a panel of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Retta, Jim O’Heir, and writer/producer Michael Schur.
Oh, and it was moderated by Patton Oswalt.
So let's get into some highlights of this momentous event, shall we?Let's start off with Leslie Knope herself, aka Amy Poehler. I think it's safe to say that this red pantsuit was a not-so-subtle nod to Leslie's famous collection of pantsuits. Although, this one is clearly much more hip and flattering.
Notice anything special about Rhetta's dress?That's right. The one-and-only Donna Meagle wore a dress covered in the words "Treat Yo' Self". If that doesn't make you squeal with delight, I'm not sure why you're even reading this right now.
The gang posed for dozens of pics together.
WE HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS RIGHT NOW!! 🥰😂🥰😂@parksandrecnbc #PaleyFest https://t.co/VjGcpLKCTT— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553220874.0
And here they are as one big, beautiful group.
Let’s get started, shall we? #ParksAndRec #PaleyFest https://t.co/buy7mOnDCV— Parks and Recreation (@Parks and Recreation)1553223755.0
The stars talked about what they loved about the show and their characters.
It was just two really good friends saying goodbye to each other. -Mike Schur on Amy & @iamrashidajones filming Ann… https://t.co/9QPd4GmfEV— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553226012.0
Schur also revealed that they did something called "fun runs".
The cast did “fun runs” which were takes where they could do anything. The show was shot with 2 cameras. The last 5… https://t.co/yJlqJPMbZZ— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553225329.0
Remember this infamous line from the episode where Chris Traeger gets horribly sick with the flu?
.@roblowe says “Stop! Pooping!” Was a fun run. @parksandrecnbc #PaleyFest https://t.co/sgiBl9Orsg— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553225365.0
This hilarious moment was also not in the original script.
Mike Schur recalls Chris Pratt making a joke when Leslie has the flu and Pratt improvised “hey Leslie, I typed your… https://t.co/aVwn8M0b3c— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553225480.0
A lot of characters have some similarities with the actors who portrayed them.
Mike Schur says Nick Offerman salvaged the doors from the @parksandrecnbc set and made everyone canoe paddles with… https://t.co/46pOhQDoKG— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553226718.0
Rob Lowe is more like Chris Traeger than we might have realized.
Is there an aspect of your character that you carried into your life? @roblowe says “i think i’m gonna live til I’m… https://t.co/T0nm8q8YDs— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553227025.0
Chris Pratt appreciated the way "Parks and Rec" was filmed.
.@prattprattpratt says his relationship with the FBI is LEGIT after #parksandrec after his days as Bert Macklin! Pr… https://t.co/GCgviQmCIi— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553227467.0
He's also, apparently, psychic.
Chris Pratt recalls five years before he got “Jurassic World” and he did a bit as Andy where his cell went off and… https://t.co/7k01ki4PT5— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553225588.0
...poor, poor Jerry.
.@jimoheir gets a lot of “Dammit, Jerry!” And “Thanks for ruining the harvest festival!” From @parksandrecnbc fans.… https://t.co/iRtfGXqsT6— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553226607.0
Rob Lowe says "literally" a LOT.
About phrases like #TreatYoSelf and #GalentinesDay that have become part of the vernacular, Rob Lowe was so happy w… https://t.co/xe1bhG4DF2— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553224916.0
At one point, Patton Oswald suggested the idea of a "Parks and Rec" movie.
.@pattonoswalt suggests making a #ParksAndRec movie. Mile Schur says “I think everyone on this stage would want to… https://t.co/RcGb1lg9x0— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553226830.0
Because, seriously, can you name a better show?
Amy Poehler + @parksandrecnbc fans = 💕 #PaleyFest #ParksAndRec https://t.co/QhGdMbbH4A— paleycenter (@paleycenter)1553228394.0