Parks and Recreation: A Parks and Recreation Special (2020)

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A Parks and Recreation Special
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Against all odds the delightful cast and crew of Parks and Recreation pull off a socially distant reunion that's warm, funny, and very, very special.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2020

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Five years after audiences said goodbye to one of the most beloved comedies in TV history, the fine citizens of Pawnee, Ind., are reuniting for NBC and Universal Television's all-original "A Parks and Recreation Special" set to air Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. All of the original characters from the series will return in the 30-minute special, played by original cast members Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir, and Retta. (In addition, several guest stars from the Pawnee universe may pop in.) The story comes from the events of the day -- Pawnee's most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.

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Amy Poehler
as Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones
as Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari
as Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman
as Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza
as April Ludgate
Chris Pratt
as Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott
as Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe
as Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir
as Jerry Gergich
Retta
as Donna Meagle
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Critic Reviews for Parks and Recreation A Parks and Recreation Special

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

There are no new resolutions needed. Instead, It's meant to exemplify the very core of Leslie and the show itself: doing good.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…
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Well, I cried, of course. But it was the nice kind of crying. Maybe I even needed it. And hey, sometimes that's all you can ask for from a visit with old friends.

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It's fun. I loved it. Spending 30 minutes visiting these fake characters who I haven't seen in five years ranked right up there with many of my Zoom calls to friends and family who I haven't seen in what feels like five years.

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Watching the reunion special, I found I could still enjoy its bighearted comedy, albeit less as optimistic realism and more as utopian science fiction.

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It was impossible to dislike - even if it was inescapably melancholy.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It was everything fans of the sweet, hopeful and hilarious series could have hoped for in this time of great need.

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Parks and Recreation managed to raft a reunion special that, while satisfying on a base level, also speaks directly to the challenges we're facing today.

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Rather than pure escapism or cringe-worthy seriousness, the Parks and Rec writers created something that feels urgent without being self-important, and sweet without being saccharine.

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Groundbreaking or not, we need that warmth and that hope now more than ever and, with a characteristically good cause, "A Parks and Recreation Special" more than delivered.

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"A Parks and Recreation Special" doesn't need my charitable pass because it's a delight. Given the technical limitations and difficult circumstances, the Parks team is able to create something that feels like a satisfying reunion.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Parks and Rec special was a lot of fun as an experiment. I don't want to see it become the new normal.

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Fortunately, the one-off special doesn't disappoint, as the cast and crew did an amazing job when it comes to picking up where things let off.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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