What You Missed on the Parks and Recreation Reunion Special

The original cast of Parks and Recreation just got together for a reunion special for coronavirus-related fundraising. All the big names were present: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones and Aziz Ansari, to name a few. The Parks and Recreation reunion aired last Thursday night on NBC, who despite the whole charity appeal, have not made the reunion widely available for everyone.

You can stream it on right here on YouTube and the NBC website here. So long as you live within the United States. The reunion special benefitted Feeding America and has not yet been made available in Australia and other counties. You will need a VPN if you want to watch it right now.

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The 30-minute episode takes place during the coronavirus crisis and involves Leslie Knope checking in with her friends over video conference. A situation that probably feels familiar by now. Catching up with familiar characters at home over video call instead of on the set may feel a little jarring. Still, it’s also really special with almost everyone returning for charity.

There were, of course, logistical challenges with making the reunion happen amid self-isolation. Talking about the challenges, executive producer Mike Schur said each cast member had to be their own camera person. “They had to hit record and then stop, and they had to take themselves and say ‘take three’ and then clap for sound.”

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When explaining why Parks and Recreation warranted a reunion during the COVID-19 pandemic, Schir said “Leslie Knope was such a person who believed in friendship … she was a very loyal person, she’s a very friendly person, and she put all of her eggs in the basket of the power of friendship.”

“So it’s really just about her connecting with people and holding the group of characters together through a time when they’re just unable to in person.”

It feels very timely, indeed.

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