Bye bye, Li'l Sebastian: a tribute to Parks and Recreation

A look back at the NBC series' more memorable moments.

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Bye bye, Li'l Sebastian: a tribute to Parks and Recreation

So, Parks and Recreation is over, and that's a bummer. It ends its seven season run among the pantheon of all time comedy greats. I began to binge watch the show via Netflix before the start of the fourth season and fell in love instantly. No comedy has ever combined offbeat hilarity and absurdity with such warmth and charm. The characters really did feel like family. We watched them grow and evolve and earn the rewards they reaped in the process.

Though the show may be over, it will live long on streaming video and youtube clips. Here are some of my favorite moments from the series:

Andy and April's Fancy Party: Hands down the cutest couple on television. Andy and April’s surprise wedding turned out to be one of the sweetest moments in the entire run of the series, and that’s saying something. They're young, they rushed into it, but it worked out for the opposites.

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Leslie and Ben: TV's perfect couple in every way. This episode was written as a series finale if need be, since a pickup of additional episodes wasn't a lock even in the show's fifth season. The whole episode is perfect, but the final 2:30 are a beautiful celebration of the relationship between these two characters. It's a better "series finale" than most shows ever get, and we were lucky enough to get two and a half more seasons out of this show. I love you and I like you, Parks and Rec.

 

Ron and Leslie: This isn't recency bias. This bottle episode is fantastic from start to finish. Our two leads locked in the Parks offices, forced to work out their professional and personal problems with each other. After hours of annoyance from Leslie, including a memorable rendition of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" with made up lyrics, Ron is finally coaxed into spilling his soul. His admission and Leslie's reaction to it certainly pull at the heart strings of every viewer.

Breakfast Food: Ron and Leslie are polar opposites on most issues. Breakfast food is not one of them. People ARE idiots. 

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Network Connectivity Problems: Among the many, many hilarious things Andy Dwyer said over the run of this series, this may be my favorite. Improvised by Chris Pratt, Leslie is sick and Andy has typed her symptoms into the browser of his PC. The response makes me laugh. Every. Single. Time. 


Citizen Knope: Leslie's relationship with Ben has caused her campaign managers to drop her. She's been suspended from her job. Her campaign seems to be all but lost, that is, until her friends in the parks department decide to do the whole damn thing themselves. (watch here)


Ron's Journey/April's Letter: This clip is a two-fer. We get to hear the letter April about what it's like to be Leslie's friend and co-worker and see the trip she planned for Ron as his wedding present. It perfectly encapsulates who she is as a person. (watch here)


Ron and the Hamburger: This moment from early on in season two is the one that hooked me. After this scene I was 1000 percent in on wherever this show was going to take me.


Jean Ralphio: There's so much to be said about, but not for, Jean Ralphio. He's a terrible human being and not even much of a friend to Tom, but damn the man can sing (watch here)


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