Get to know where you can watch the ‘Parks and Recreation’ edited episodes online and more!
Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, ‘Parks and Recreation’ released in 2009 on NBC. It revolved around Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat of the Parks Department. Set in the small fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, it also featured her co-workers, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), and many more. Sadly, after seven great seasons, ‘Parks and Recreation’ came to an end in 2015.
- The ‘Parks and Recreation’ special
- Mike Schur talks about what went behind the special episode
- ‘Parks and Recreation’ special on Hulu?
The ‘Parks and Recreation’ special
After five years, ‘Parks and Recreation’ returned for a special reunion episode. The new episode aired on 30th April 2020 on NBC. It featured all our favourite cast members in what once was an essential part of Pawnee. The reunion brought everyone together for a special reason. The special was done to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. It will help enable food banks to stay stocked during that crisis. The cast and creators of ‘Parks and Recreation’ came together to raise a donation of about $500,000.
The episode focused on how the characters of ‘Parks and Recreation’ would respond to the challenging times. However, instead of sitting in a room together for the reunion, the cast was together on zoom. The decision to film this way was taken keeping the coronavirus pandemic in mind. Co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur gathered the show’s writers and penned down a half-hour special that reunited the entire cast but in character. The episode surrounded Leslie Knope trying to keep everyone together during the quarantine time.
Mike Schur talks about what went behind the special episode
In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly”, Mike Schur talked about how easy it was to get back into the groove of writing for the special episode.
Schur mentioned that it was not that hard, in part. One of the first things he did after the cast said that they would do it is emailing the six writers who worked on it with him. They were six people who were very much involved with the show for a long period of time. He knew very clearly that this was not something he could do himself. Much like how ‘Parks and Recreation’ always was, it needed to be a giant collaborative team effort. So once Megan Amram, Joe Mande, Jen Statsky, Aisha Muharrar, Dave King, and Matt Murray all signed on, he relaxed a lot because he knew that it was possible and would go a lot more smoothly.
Schur further revealed that they did not have a lot of time at all to do it. They conceived of and wrote the script very quickly as a group over about three-and-a-half days. If he had been doing it alone, he confessed that he would have had a panic attack. But knowing he had six excellent writers, who were very familiar with the show, working on it with him, that helped him relax a lot.
“In fact, Aisha, who was on the show almost the entire time, when I asked her to do it, she said, ‘Sure!’ and then that night she emailed a giant chunk of dialogue. She was like, ‘I was just thinking about it and I wrote this’. And I was like, ‘Oh, this is amazing! It is already happening! People are writing things!’ The difference between it happening and not happening is people like Aisha Muharrar who just cared about the show and thought it sounded fun to write to those characters again.”
‘Parks and Recreation’ special on Hulu?
Yes, you can watch the special edited episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ on Hulu! All seven seasons of ‘Parks and Recreation’ are also available to stream on Hulu. However, you can also stream the episodes through a Hulu TV subscription. The service costs $54.99 per month that also offers a free one-week trial to new users.
If you do not have a Hulu subscription or don’t not wish to buy it, then you can watch the reunion episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ on NBC’s YouTube page.