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10 Best Parks And Recreation Episodes

11 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Now that Parks and Recreation is off the air, it’s time to pay tribute to the show that has made audiences laugh more over the past seven years than any other program on television. It had an unlikely climb to success, after a shaky first season with low ratings and mixed reviews from the critics.

But just like Leslie Knope herself, Parks and Recreation found a way to keep going and, after some minor retooling, was back on the air for the second season, better than ever. Since then, it’s been a comedy juggernaut, never managing to become NBC’s ratings darling, but steadily gaining viewers as people discovered the show on Netflix and realized just how hilarious it was.

The show lasted for an impressive seven seasons but alas, all good things must come to an end. It just aired its season finale earlier this week, »

- Audrey Fox

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Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian: Remembering the Top Ten Recurring Characters of Parks and Recreation

25 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

During its rocky first season, Parks and Recreation faced much criticism for being too similar to The OfficeLeslie was just a female Michael Scott, and Ron Swanson was the new Dwight Schrute. Setting it in the vibrant and weird Indiana town of Pawnee instantly assuaged some of these fears. Even during that first season, it was clear from the town hall meetings, where Leslie and company had to defend themselves against the many residents of Pawnee, that Michael Schur and his writers had dreamt up one of the most vivid communities for a sitcom. So, in honor of Parks and Recreation’s end, here are the ten best recurring characters on the show.

1. The Tammys

While it may seem unfair to group three characters together, especially in the top spot, Parks has too many amazing recurring characters to properly showcase in ten slots. Ron Swanson’s two ex-wives and »

- George Morvis

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The Parks and Rec Crew Was Just As Nostalgic and Heartbroken As You Were Tonight

25 February 2015 12:16 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Parks and Recreation said farewell to TV tonight with its series finale. We've been anticipating (read: lamenting) this newfound void all week, and obviously we weren't alone. The writers, cast, and crew of the show joined viewers in sharing some drunk tweets, some throwback tweets, some picture tweets, some Harris Wittels tweets, and so on, to memorialize Parks's final chapter. Here's a digital scrapbook of what was running through people's minds — and in some cases what they were doing — during the finale:. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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'Parks and Rec' Series Finale: 7 Moments So Perfect They Made Us Cry

24 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cue up the emotional GIFs, the Parks and Recreation series finale was an emotional roller coaster of big laughs, big guest stars and even bigger heart-twistingly nostalgic moments.

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As the Parks crew tackled one last menial mission, fixing a broken swing, we flashed forward to their future lives. Some were pure comedy gold (Jean-Ralphio faking his own death and Craig as a still-manic old man), but mostly this nostalgic trip to the future just made us wish we had seven more seasons with our favorite Pawnee residents.

"When we worked here together, we fought, scratched and clawed to make peoples’ lives a tiny bit better," Leslie told her team in the finale. "What makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love."

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News: How to Throw the Ultimate 'Parks and Recreation' Finale Party!

Here's a look at the moments from tonight’s finale that made »

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Series finale review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'One Last Ride': End of the line

24 February 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

And so "Parks and Recreation" has come to an end. We published many stories about the show over the last week, including an Amy Poehler interview, an essay on the show's greatness, and a whole lot more, and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as you give me a pair of your gym socks... "Yes. I'm ready." -Leslie Knope A few years ago, Mike Schur and I had a very long discussion of finales — not only the many times he had written "Parks" episodes that could function as series finales if NBC canceled them, but of the many sitcom and drama finales he had admired over the years. He talked about how once upon a time, he was convinced that the show would end with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park Leslie built on Lot 48. He talked, as he so often does, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Parks and Rec' Star Nick Offerman Makes Strange, Raunchy Request for Harris Wittels Remembrance

24 February 2015 2:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The comedy world is still in mourning over Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels, who died tragically Feb. 19 at age 30 of a suspected drug overdose. Among his many memorable achievements, Wittels worked closely with Parks star Nick Offerman to develop his Ron Swanson character’s sax-playing alter ego, Duke Silver.  Read More 'Parks and Rec' Writer Harris Wittels' Death at 30: Humblebrags and the Specter of Heroin Here, Offerman offers a tribute to his late friend and colleague, which he requested

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Parks and Recreation's 7 Best Recurring Gags: From Calzones to 'Treat Yo' Self'

24 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After seven brilliant seasons, Parks and Recreation airs its final episode on Tuesday night. Though often overlooked despite its longevity and critical acclaim, the writers - with showrunner Mike Schur at the helm - created a rich universe filled with well-rounded characters whose quirks were celebrated often in the form of joke callbacks that were as hilarious on the second, third and 10th time they were told as they were the first. In advance of the series finale, we thought we'd revisit seven of the best recurring jokes on Parks.Literally Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) was Lih-truh-lee the most enthusiastic person in Pawnee. »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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'Parks and Rec' Writer Harris Wittels' Death at 30: Humblebrags and the Specter of Heroin

24 February 2015 12:38 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The loss of Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels — discovered dead at age 30 in his Los Feliz home Feb. 19 after a suspected heroin overdose — has sent shock waves through the Hollywood comedy world, where the rising star was considered one of the most gifted in the business. (Wittels' death is being classified as an accident by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, pending autopsy results and a toxicology report.) As tributes poured in on Twitter and beyond from such grief-

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Parks and Recreation's 7 Best Recurring Gags: From Calzones to 'Treat Yo' Self'

24 February 2015 12:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After seven brilliant seasons, Parks and Recreation airs its final episode on Tuesday night. Though often overlooked despite its longevity and critical acclaim, the writers - with showrunner Mike Schur at the helm - created a rich universe filled with well-rounded characters whose quirks were celebrated often in the form of joke callbacks that were as hilarious on the second, third and 10th time they were told as they were the first. In advance of the series finale, we thought we'd revisit seven of the best recurring jokes on Parks.Literally Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) was Lih-truh-lee the most enthusiastic person in Pawnee. »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Farewell to 'Parks and Recreation': All the links

24 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Parks and Recreation" comes to an end with tonight's hour-long series finale, premiering at 10 on NBC. Over the last week, we've run a lot of stories about the show — mostly happy, but one very sad — and wanted to put easy links to them in one place on finale morning. So without further ado: * My essay on what made this one of TV's best comedies of all time; * My interview with Amy Poehler, looking at the start and end of this journey; * Part 1 and Part 2 of a long history of Pawnee discussion with co-creator Mike Schur, and you can read all my previous Schur interviews here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here and here; * Jim O'Heir recalling the long, strange journey of Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry Gergich; * Ben Schwartz looking back on the life of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein; * Our favorite "Parks and Rec" episodes ever; * Drew McWeeny with a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Listen to Harris Wittels’s Last ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Podcast

23 February 2015 9:09 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In honor of Parks and Recreation's series finale, Chelsea Peretti, Adam Scott, and the late Harris Wittels — the trio behind Farts and Procreation — got together earlier this month for their fourth and final F and P installment on "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Scott Aukerman, the show's host, said he initially wasn't going to publish this episode because he didn't want to seem opportunistic, given Wittels's death last week. Peretti, one of Wittels's close friends and colleagues, however, was adamant. "Who cares what we think about it? Every little thing Harris said was funny," she told him. In re-listening to the episode, Aukerman said Wittels's jokes made him laugh and feel better and made him feel more happiness than sorrow. Instead of pulling the plug on the episode and podcast, Aukerman decided to give us this: Wittels's last appearance on "CBB" and a true funny man's bittersweet, but perfect, final »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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14 Recurring Characters We Love on 'Parks and Rec'

23 February 2015 7:09 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

As Parks and Recreation takes its final bow, we’re also saying a tearful goodbye to the Pawnee residents who shaped the town and gave the series a special place in our hearts.

As much as we adore Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), some of our most beloved moments, (and favorite one-liners) in the series came from the eccentrically quirky minor characters. From Li'l Sebastian to Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz), we’re breaking down our favorite recurring characters on Parks and Rec -- in no particular order.

1. Bobby Newport

The adorably dim-witted son of the Sweetums empire, Bobby -- played by Paul Rudd -- was first introduced as Leslie’s opponent for City Council. His charming and naive strategy on the campaign trail almost cost Leslie the election.

2. Dennis Feinstein

Dennis Feinstein (Jason Mantzoukas), “whose real name is Dante Fiero but he changed it because Dennis Feinstein is more exotic in Pawnee,” is the head »

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Parks and Recreation Will Pay Tribute to Harris Wittels With Series Finale

23 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Parks and Recreation will pay tribute to Harris Wittels, a writer, executive producer and sometime actor on the show, with its series finale. Wittels played Harris, an animal control guy, on the series and worked on the show since season one. He wrote several fan-favorite episodes including "Practice Date," "Media Blitz" and "Filibuster." Wittels passed away at the age of 30 after what police belive may have been a drug overdose. Several of Wittels' colleagues have spoken publicly about him, including Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari. Adam Scott took to Twitter to share his memories. "I am at a loss as to what to say about Harris Wittels aka Carl Sjunior, so I'll say this: He »

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‘Parks & Recreation’ Finale To Pay Tribute To Writer Harris Wittels

23 February 2015 11:29 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As it fades to black after seven seasons tomorrow night, the cult NBC comedy Parks And Recreation will pay tribute to co-executive producer Harris Wittels, who died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 30. The hourlong Parks & Rec series finale will end with a We Love You, Harris message from the cast and crew of the show. Writer-comedian Wittels had been on Parks And Rec since Season 1, working as a writer and occasional guest star playing Harris, the Animal Control guy… »

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'Parks and Recreation' Series Finale to Pay Tribute to Harris Wittels

23 February 2015 8:50 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The comedy community is still reeling from the shocking loss of writer, producer, and performer Harris Wittels, who died of a suspected drug overdose last week at the age of 30. Now Wittels, who was an executive producer on departing NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," is set to receive a tribute from his former co-workers.

Deadline reports that this week's series finale of the beloved show will include a nod to Wittels, who also acted on the show in a recurring role as an animal control officer. "The hourlong 'Parks & Rec' series finale will end with a We Love You, Harris message from the cast and crew of the show," Deadline said.

No other details about the tribute were provided.

Wittels's sudden passing prompted a huge response from friends, fans, and collaborators, including "Parks" star Aziz Ansari, who considered Wittels one of his best friends. In a lengthy personal essay on his blog, »

- Katie Roberts

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Aziz Ansari’s Remembrance of Harris Wittels Will Break Your Heart

21 February 2015 10:24 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The death of 30-year-old Harris Wittels, Parks and Recreation co-executive producer, writer, and animal control guy, has cast a pall over the final season of the show. The cast and crew of the show have been devastated by the news, and Aziz Ansari especially is having a tough time. In a 2,800-word Tumblr post, Ansari writes, "I’m still waiting for the other phone call to let me know that Harris is okay and this was all a horrible misunderstanding. I don’t know when my brain is going to be able to process the terrible feeling that fills my heart with dread and my eyes with tears every 20 seconds when I realize this very special person is really gone."Ansari continued to share jokes, his favorite anecdotes, and bits from the scripts they worked on together that never got produced. Here's a joke from one of them, Olympic Sized Asshole »

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Aziz Ansari Writes Tribute to ‘Hero’ Harris Wittels

21 February 2015 10:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Aziz Ansari is the latest “Parks and Recreation” star to pay tribute to Harris Wittels, the NBC show’s co-executive producer who died on Thursday of a possible drug overdose.

Ansari dedicated a Tumblr post to Wittels, whom he described on Facebook and Twitter as a “friend, colleague & hero” on Friday.

“There are so few people that you meet in life that give you that feeling that you’ve found a real unique, original person,” he wrote. “Harris Wittels was one of those and we lost him yesterday.”

The comedian reminisces about first meeting Wittels when he was working as a stand-up comic, then talks about how his writing career took off.

“I’m still waiting for the other phone call to let me know that Wittels is okay and this was all a horrible misunderstanding,” Ansari wrote. “I don’t know when my brain is going to be able »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Aziz Ansari Pays Tribute to 'Parks & Rec' Producer Harris Wittels

21 February 2015 9:09 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Aziz Ansari is sharing memories of Parks and Recreation's co-executive producer Harris Wittels after he passed away at the age of 30 on Thursday.

The actor who plays Tom Haverford on the NBC comedy wrote an emotional tribute on Friday for Wittels on his Tumblr.

"There are so few people that you meet in life that give you that feeling that you've found a real unique, original person," he began. "Harris Wittels was one of those and we lost him yesterday."

He then expressed his shock, "I'm still waiting for the other phone call to let me know that Harris is okay and this was all a horrible misunderstanding. I don't know when my brain is going to be able to process the terrible feeling that fills my heart with dread and my eyes with tears every 20 seconds when I realize this very special person is really gone."

Ansari continued his post by sharing stories and what »

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Giant drug-taking Oscar statue appears in Hollywood ahead of awards

21 February 2015 7:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A giant drug-taking Oscar statue has appeared in Hollywood, ahead of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday (February 22).

The art piece by street artist Plastic Jesus shows a giant Oscar award snorting cocaine off a red carpet.

@LAist Hollywood and la Brea Streetart pic.twitter.com/ntPPBGPdO3

— Plastic Jesus (@plasticjesusart) February 19, 2015

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The statue was placed on the corner of Hollywood and La Brea, on the edge of where the street will be closed for the upcoming award ceremony.

Plastic Jesus told BuzzFeed: "My piece is intended to highlight general cocaine and drug use not only in Hollywood, but around the world."

He continued: "I picked the Oscars because you often hear about A-list celebs who go to rehab or have drug-related breakdowns, but you don't hear about producers or writers or electricians, who are also affected.

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Aziz Ansari -- I'm Devastated Over 'Parks' Exec's Death ... He Will Be Missed

21 February 2015 12:53 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Aziz Ansari says the loss of his friend Harris Wittels has left him devastated ... and the touching tribute he penned for the "Parks and Rec" exec who died this week is heart breaking. Ansari posted a lengthy blog Friday night where he revealed the two had been working on a project together, and they were planning a move to NYC together in March.  Harris had just locked down an apartment on Monday. Ansari says he »

- TMZ Staff

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