Ever since Comedy Central acquired the syndication rights to The Office, I’ve been hard-pressed to change the channel any time that a block of the NBC comedy airs on the network. Now Comedy Central is ensuring that I’ll never watch another cable channel again by acquiring the reruns of another NBC hit, Parks and Recreation.
All seven wonderful seasons of Parks and Rec are heading to Comedy Central, debuting with an all-day marathon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21st. Further, the network will have select episodes free to stream on cc.com and the CC App. Comedy Central is on a shopping spree. The Parks and Rec deal comes after the network recently picked up the cable rights to Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.
Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, and Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, among others. Centered on the tireless, cheery government crusader Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, Parks and Rec follows Leslie and her department’s efforts to make their backwards, yet quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.
Parks and Rec had a hand in rocketing Chris Pratt to international fame, made Ron Swanson a libertarian icon, and introduced the world to the charms of Lil’ Sebastian, Jean-Ralphio, and everybody’s favorite punching bag, Jerry.
In March, the cast is gathering for a ten-year reunion at PaleyFest at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. For more Parks and Rec, check out our list of the 20 best episodes.