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The Cast of Parks and Recreations Reunites for a Coronavirus-Related Special


Lizzy Crabtree

Lizzy Crabtree

·5 min read

You heard that right, NBC’s iconic sitcom Parks and Recreation is set to reunite for a 30-minute special! Here is everything we know about the one-off:

  • Why the reunion?

    Co-creator, Michael Shur, said this episode special will raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The funds will help food banks serve vulnerable community members.

    In a statement, Shur said, “Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money. I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old ‘Parks and Rec’ team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life, and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!”

    Who will be in the reunion?

    The original cast members of Parks and Recreation will virtually reunite for a coronavirus-related fundraising special according to Rolling Stone. Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, and Adam Scott are all expected to be back in character, along with several guest stars from the original show. Perhaps Paul Rudd and Ben Schwartz can make a return? Fingers crossed

    The Plot

    Parks and Recreation finished its seven-season run in 2015. The finale left us in the future from 2022 to 2025 but this episode will be based on what happened before that. The new episode will reflect the real-life crisis happening in the present day. Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope AKA Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant is determined to stay connected to her friends and colleagues in this time of social distancing.

    “In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion. A huge thank you to Mike Schur and the cast of ‘Parks and Recreation’ for putting this wonderful special together and bringing a smile to all our faces while raising money for such a worthwhile cause,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, the co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment.

Five years later after the show finale, we finally get the chance to check in with the beloved characters of Parks and Recreations. We’re looking forward to checking in on April and Andy as they quarantine together at home. Who are you most excited to see?

The new episode will air at 8:30 p.m. EDT, April 30, only on NBC.