I’m not really into politics. I don’t know much about community services. I’ve never been to or had any burning desire to go to Indiana. So how is Parks & Recreation one of my all-time favorite shows? Because it has some of the best characters around. Each of them is a little crazy in their own way, but all of them are endearing and caring and friends that I would want to call my own.
So, if you look deep inside at all your quirks and unique qualities, which Parks & Rec character shines through the most? This one can be tough, so let me break it down.
The Ladies of Pawnee:
Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler): “He is attractive, and charming, and his family employs half the town. But so what? I am a lifelong government bureaucrat who’s well versed in the issues. And those are the kind of sexy qualifications that win elections.”
Leslie is the best friend, and girlfriend, in the whole wide world. She listens to your wishes and dreams, remembers them and stops at nothing to make them all come true. She also makes sure to chase and catch her own dreams. She is intelligent and fun and caring. She is a political force to be reckoned with, and has big goals for her town and its people. She fights for what it is right and would make a great president of the United States of America someday…
Ann Perkins (played by Rashida Jones): “No offense, but maybe you think I’m going too fast ’cause you’re going too slow with Ben!”
Ann works as a nurse, but always makes time to help out her BFF Leslie with whatever project she’s tackling. She appears to be stable and logical, but when you look closely, you realize she has almost as many screws loose as her friends in Pawnee. Lost in love, she has dated almost every type of man there is and has been criticized for conforming to her BF’s beliefs. Currently she is planning on having a baby with her ex-BF as the carefully selected sperm donor. I think she will make a great mom.
April Ludgate (played by Aubrey Plaza): “I passed up a gay Halloween party to be here. Do you know how much fun gay Halloween parties are? Last year I saw three Jonas Brothers make out with three Robert Pattinsons. It was amazing.”
This is a girl who will tell it like it is, especially if it’s going to be insulting. Some may call her strange, and she rarely cracks a smile. Still, if you look hard enough, you will find April has a soft spot. She is intelligent and talented, and often underestimates herself. She was fortunate enough to find a husband whose hobbies and interests are as out there as her own, and supports everything he does. And although she may come across as selfish at times, she will always come through for her friends when they really (really, really) need her.
Donna Meagle (played by Retta): “This spaceship keyboard is driving me crazy! I’m down to one word a minute. And the word is ‘perfishisklep’.”
Donna is sassy, witty and down to business. I wouldn’t mess with her. She knows what she wants and when it’s time to “Treat Yo’ Self”. Donna never ceases to surprise and amaze her co-workers and friends, popping up in situations where she would not be expected. She also seems to know everybody who is anybody and always gets the job done.
And because I love them all so much, I also had to include quotes from some of the fellas of Pawnee:
Andy Dwyer (played by Chris Pratt): “The band has had a few different names over the years. When we started, we were Teddy Bear Suicide, but then we changed it to Mouse Rat. Then we were God Hates Figs, Department of Homeland Obscurity, Flames for Flames, Muscle Confusion, Nothing Rhymes With Orange, then Everything Rhymes With Orange, Punch Face Champions, Rad Wagon, Puppy Pendulum, Possum Pendulum, Penis Pendulum, Handrail Suicide, Angel Snack, Just the Tip, Threeskin… [long pause] Oh, Jet Black Pope. We went back to Mouse Rat, and now we are Scarecrow Boat. God, when I hear myself say Scarecrow Boat out loud I kinda hate it…”
Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman): “I don’t like loud noises and people making a fuss. And I especially don’t like people celebrating because they know a piece of private information about me. Plus the whole thing is a scam: birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.”
Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott): “Nothing is wrong, just do your job. And they would never cancel Game of Thrones. It’s a crossover hit. It’s not just for fantasy enthusiasts, they’re telling human stories in a fantasy world.”
Chris Traeger (played by Rob Lowe): “I have a resting heart rate of 28 beats per minute. The doctors who studied me said that my heart could, literally, pump jet fuel up into a jet.”
Tom Haverford (played by Aziz Ansari): “Last night at approximately 2:30am, I woke up from a dream that felt so real it had to be a premonition. Me, Drake and the T-Mobile girl were playing baccarat on a private jet. Ann Perkins walks up to me and says “Tommy, tomorrow night, I’m taking you back”. Then Blue Ivy Carter high-fived me and gave me $40 million dollars. It was all so real.”
Oh yeah. Or Jerry Gergich (played by Jim O’Heir). But who cares about Jerry, anyway? (J/K! Poor Jerry!)
So do any of these characters speak to who you are? Perhaps you’re more of an entrepreneurial sidekick such as Jean-Ralphio. Or maybe you’re as crazy as Tammy One or Tammy Two. Or perhaps you identify with the The Douche. Or maybe your spirit animal is Pawnee’s own Li’l Sebastian.
I think I’m an Ann with a hint of Donna. I wish I could be more like a Leslie but I don’t have that kind of energy! Either way, I love watching all of these characters interact, even the ones I don’t identify with at all.
Which Person of Pawnee are you?
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