“We have to remember what’s important in life, like friends, waffles, and work…or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope.
Few shows have the claim to fame that Parks & Recreation does. Parks & Rec manages, somehow, to be part true political satire, part true comedy, and part feels-train. Every character is completely relateable. We know someone like Ron Swanson, or Leslie Knope, or Andy. Parks & Rec does comedy right, giving us real people in real situations that, with one punch, makes us laugh, and with the other punch makes us realize that – oh god, that’s not too far from reality, is it?
Since it’s premiere in 2009, it’s been voted the “World’s Smartest Comedy”, received the Peabody Award for Television Excellence, AFI honor as one of the Top 10 Television Shows of the Year, Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and three consecutive Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for Amy Poehler alone. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.
There’s just something so endearing about Leslie Knope’s enthusiasm when she starts working on the city council. Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t tons of red tape in her way, but she’ll stop at nothing to make the world a better place. She’s a loveable mid-level bureaucrat who just wants to make her town a little bit more fun. I’d vote for her. Would you?
Besides, Parks & Rec gave us Ron Swanson, and that in of itself makes the show worth watching and celebrating.
In case you couldn’t tell, we love Parks & Rec. That’s why we’ve gone around the web and hunted down all the awesome Parks & Rec tees we could find. Have a look, stay optimistic, and if you know of a Parks & Rec tee and don’t see it here, give us a holler by submitting it so we can add it to our collection.
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