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Watch the Producer's Cut of the 'Parks and Recreation' Series Finale

In case Tuesday night's Parks and Recreation series finale didn't give you enough closure, NBC uploaded the full 53-minute producer's cut that includes a deleted scene with Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa, which Ben Schwartz shared on Tumblr yesterday along with a wonderful farewell message titled "Goodbye Parks and Recreation, I’ve Always Loved You." Here's an excerpt:

Last night, after 7 seasons, the final episode of Parks and Recreation aired and it hasn’t quite hit me yet that it’s all over and I’ll never play Jean-Ralphio again. It has been such an amazing, love-filled ride. I wanted to say thank you to that perfect cast, legendary writers room, brilliant [...]

Read a New Oral History of 'Parks and Recreation'

Not long after posting a comprehensive oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Uproxx has a brand new oral history out today on the history and evolution of Amy Poehler's other famous role on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and it's a great read for fans of the show who are looking to ease the pain before tonight's hourlong series finale. Here's an excerpt from Jim O'Heir:

Sadly, pictures have hit the internet of me crying. So I can’t deny. It was rough. We all knew it was coming. But in a way, I’m glad it was because it means that it meant so much to us. It [...]

Watch Ron Swanson Solve the "Lady Gaga of Scavenger Hunts" in a Cut 'Parks and Rec' Scene

The next two episodes of Parks and Recreation air on NBC tonight, and the network released a clip today of the original cold open from the second episode "Pie-Mary" that got cut for time featuring Craig (Billy Eichner) presenting Ron Swanson with "the Lady Gaga of scavenger hunts" at Pawnee's Harvest Festival. "We had to cut this Ron cold open from tonight's second #ParksandRec episode (not enough time)," co-creator Mike Schur tweeted, "and it killed me." Watch it in full above.

The Stars of 'Parks and Rec' Reflect on the Final Season

Parks and Recreation returns for its farewell season in one week, and to amp up the emotion NBC released the above video of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, and the rest of the Parks and Rec cast looking back on shooting the final season together. Watch a sneak peek of next Tuesday's season premiere below:

'Parks and Rec's Final Season Premieres January 13th and Ends February 24th

NBC is rushing the final season of Parks and Recreation on a new time slot far away from the once-great NBC Thursday comedy block. According to Entertainment Weekly, Parks and Rec's seventh and last season will kick off on Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00pm — two days after Amy Poehler cohosts the Golden Globes with Tina Fey — and air back-to-back episodes each week until the hourlong series finale on February 24th. "I think everyone feels like, 'We don’t want to overstay our welcome. We want to go out on a high note,'" creator Mike Schur told EW earlier this year. "We did this big creative [...]

How 'Parks and Rec' Transcended its Mockumentary Roots

NBC’s Parks and Recreation ended its seven-season run Tuesday night and will go down as undoubtedly my favorite sitcom of its era. Created as a spinoff of The Office by writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the first season mostly mimicked that mockumentary style and even slotted in the characters in very familiar tropes created by the show from which it was spun. Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope was a Michael Scott-type — well-meaning but ultimately grating and not adored by her coworkers — and Aziz Ansari as Tom, Rashida Jones as Ann, and Nick Offerman as Ron slotted into the Jim, Pam, and Dwight roles cleanly enough, of course bringing [...]

The Idealistic Legacy of 'Parks and Recreation'

Next Tuesday, when the lights go out at Pawnee City Hall, when JJ’s Diner cooks up its last waffles, when Councilman Dexhart has his final affair, when “treat yo’ self” and Galentine’s Day and Li’l Sebastian and Sweetums and “lit’rally” and the Lo-Cal Calzone Zone become but legends drifting in the Indiana wind, Parks and Recreation will vanish from the airwaves, leaving a television landscape that’s far more glum without it.

Initially something of an Office knockoff, creator Mike Schur, together with his cast and crew, quickly discovered the comedy of niceness, of people that are genuinely kind to each other and stand firmly by their beliefs. It’s a world [...]

The 'Parks and Rec' Cast Will Appear on 'Late Night' After the Series Finale

NBC is rushing through the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation by airing two episodes every Tuesday night, and the big finale is now less than a month away. Thankfully, NBC announced today that following the series finale on Tuesday, February 24th, the Parks and Rec cast will appear together on Late Night with Seth Meyers, with the confirmed lineup including Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Jim O’Heir, Retta, and executive producer Mike Schur. Amy Poehler appeared as Late Night's first-ever guest when the show premiered last February, so it's the perfect place for her to return [...]

Nick Offerman Talks About Wrapping Up 'Parks and Rec', Filling His Pants with 'the Saddest Oatmeal'

Nick Offerman was on The Tonight Show last night, and he talked with Fallon about the final day of shooting Parks and Rec. It sounds like it was pretty sad, but at least he and Aziz were able to weasel their way into having one last line.

Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, and Jon Hamm Will Show Up in the Final Season of 'Parks and Rec'

NBC's Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its grand finale, and some old friends are set to show up throughout the season. In addition to previously announced guest stars Megan Mullally, Rachel Dratch, and Werner Herzog, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are confirmed to make a one-episode appearance next season reprising their roles as Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins. "We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted, because some people had other obligations," Mike Schur told TV Line . "But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more [...]

The 'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talk the Series Finale on 'Late Night'

Last night's Late Night was an extra special episode for two reasons — not only was it dedicated to the end of Parks and Recreation with the cast, but it was also Late Night's one-year anniversary on NBC. Watch the Parks and Rec cast talk about the finale above, then check out more clips from their appearance below:

How 'Parks and Rec' Landed Last Night's Surprise Bill Murray Cameo

With only two episodes left in the series, Parks and Recreation revealed a huge surprise last night that's been a longtime dream of the cast and writers: Bill Murray appeared as the (until now) mysterious Mayor Gunderson. Entertainment Weekly has the backstory on how the show managed to score the elusive Murray cameo, and it's about as far-fetched and unexpected as you might expect. Here's what executive producer Mike Schur told us about his hopes to get Murray on the show back in 2013:

He's sort of ascended above the atmosphere of the actual tangible comedy world. He doesn't exist in reality to me anymore; he's like [...]

Mike Schur on the End of 'Parks and Recreation' and NBC's Thursday Night Comedies

If you've been a TV comedy fan within the past ten years, chances are that Mike Schur is behind one of your favorite shows. An original writer and producer on the American Office, Schur currently serves as co-creator of two major network comedies starring SNL alums with Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine and NBC's Parks and Recreation, which kicks off its seventh and final season tonight. Ahead of the Parks season premiere, I talked with Schur about how he approached the end of the Amy Poehler-starring show, what he thinks of the future of major network sitcoms, and what separates a successful final season from the rest.

Here's the First Trailer for 'Parks and Rec's Final Season

Parks and Recreation returns to NBC for its seventh and final season on January 13th, and the network released the first trailer today featuring the Pawnee gang in the year 2017. Apparently in only two years we'll be overtaken by drones and the undeniable charm of Johnny Karate.