Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite sitcoms, purely because it has always made me happy. When I first started watching I actually laughed out loud, instead of just passively thinking the jokes are funny like I do with most sitcoms. If a show can get an audible laugh out of me, that is how I know it is gold. Parks and Recreation is also something refreshing in modern society. With the nastiness of the political election, we all need Leslie Knope. She is full of all these amazing characteristics, and she makes you believe that deep down everyone is capable of good. I think, if the show was still on, it would provide interesting material related to the current political situation. Imagining Leslie Knope debating with a Donald Trump-esque character is almost too good.
Still from Parks and Recreation Season 6, Episode 12, “Ann and Chris.”
Among other reasons, I was devastated when the show ended. I felt that seven season was too short. The show ending felt like a friend moving away. When the characters of Ann and Chris left the show in the middle of season six, the viewer can almost sense the inevitable close of the series. Sitcoms are typically so consistent with their casts. Main characters always turn back up week after week. They don’t die off like they would in a Shonda Rhimes drama, but maybe that is what makes me vulnerable when I watch a sitcom. I expect everyone to die in Grey’s Anatomy, but I feel equally, if not more, devastated when a character simply leaves a sitcom. For instance, when Micheal Scott leaves The Office? Heartbreaking. When you grow attached to a series, the show feels like your own constructed family. Rachel Green pursuing her love for fashion and shopping in Friends resonated with me, and I felt like she was my friend too. When I finished Friends, I felt like that friend left. Perhaps it is because when we fully finish a sitcom, we realize it was not actually real. The characters never existed and the action never happened. Depressing right? Thankfully we have Netflix to make it so we never fully have to say goodbye.
by: Andrew Guido