We’ve all wept over the end of Parks and Recreation. Some of us grieve in different ways, though. For example, we’ve made a life-size papier-mâché replica of Ron Swanson that’s glowering at us from the corner this very moment. Aubrey Plaza?
Amy Poehler’s wonderful Parks and Recreation ended its seven-season run on NBC Tuesday night with an hour-long finale that wasn’t strictly necessary: The season had been so good – and so good at building to this goodbye – that the show seemed to have already sneaked out of the room during a game of peek-a-boo.
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.