A brand-new Parks and Rec episode is airing tonight, and it’s like Galentine’s Day came early

Update, April 30th, 2020, 9:50 a.m. ET: It’s here! Tonight, Parks and Recreation will air its special, quarantine-themed episode, featuring all of its original cast. (Plus, loads of surprise guests.) Call all of your galentines; this calls for a social-distancing watch party from home.

To tide you over until tonight’s festivities, Parks and Rec dropped a teaser for the scripted episode. The plot will focus on the characters’ coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine lives. In the clip, Amy Poehler’s Leslie chats with Nick Offerman’s Ron. As you could probably predict, Ron Swanson has been preparing for isolation his entire life.


Tune in tonight, April 30th, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Donations during the special episode will go toward Feeding America.

Original post, April 24th, 2020: During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, everyone can do their part to help humanity get through this as well as possible, whether that means staying indoors, wearing a mask, or reuniting the cast of a beloved TV show. That last one might be hard for most of us, but on Thursday, April 30th, the Parks and Recreation cast will reunite for a scripted special episode. It will air to raise money for coronavirus relief.

First thing’s first: Yes, the entire cast will be returning. Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Retta, and Jim O’Heir are all slated to appear. Given current events, the episode will be shot entirely from the cast members’ homes.

According to Deadline, the story will be based around Leslie Knope trying to stay in touch with her friends even though they can’t be together in person.

There will also be some special guests from Pawnee. Will it be Bobby Newport? Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa Saperstein? (It sounds like one of them will be there.) Brandi Maxxxx? Perd Hapley from The Final Word with Perd? The possibilities are endless!

“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,” Parks and Rec co-creator Michael Schur said in a statement to Deadline. “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!”

Donations will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. NBCUniversal, State Farm, Subaru of America, and the Parks and Rec cast and crew will also be making donations to the fund.

Fans of the show are excited to see it come back, but there are some concerns, too.

Of course, there were appropriate reaction gifs.

And just general excitement.


There seems to be only one concern. It has to do with Leslie’s crush on a certain vice president.


Biden had cameos on Parks and Rec in 2012 and 2015 as Knope’s political crush. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president has recently been accused of sexual assault (which he denies) and other inappropriate actions. That said, those who are concerned about Biden popping up maybe shouldn’t worry too much. He’s not currently scheduled to appear.

Instead, it seems most reasonable to expect a lighthearted reunion of the characters and updates on where they are in their lives.

Hopefully, worries like whether Craig Middlebrooks will show up will end up being the greatest of fans’ concerns.

Lia Beck
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