History Trivia / ParksAndRecreation

2nd Oct '17 11:45:45 AM KizunaTallis
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* CastTheExpert: In possibly the strangest example, Jay Jackson, who plays Perd Hapley, is an actual newscaster with 22 years of experience rather than a natural actor. In fact, in every role he's done (including {{Series/Dexter}}, Film/FastFive, and {{Series/Scandal}}), he always plays a newscaster.

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* CastTheExpert: In possibly the strangest example, Jay Jackson, who plays Perd Hapley, is an actual newscaster with 22 years of experience rather than a natural actor. In fact, in every role he's done (including {{Series/Dexter}}, Series/{{Dexter}}, Film/FastFive, and {{Series/Scandal}}), Series/{{Scandal}}), he always plays a newscaster.



* InMemoriam: The message at the end of the series finale saying "We Love You, Harris. --The ''Parks'' Crew" is dedicated to writer-co-star Harris Wittels who tragically died on February 19, 2015, five days before it first aired.

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* HideYourPregnancy: When Poehler became pregnant for the second time, the producers decided to just write and film as many episodes as possible before she had to go on maternity leave, rather than taking a hiatus between the second and third seasons. This resulted in increasing amounts of bump-camouflaging ruffled blouses and creative clipboard and desk placement during the first six episodes of season three. Unfortunately, NBC decided to push back the season premiere to ''January of 2011'', rather than the expected September of 2010 premiere date, rendering the creative team's efforts unnecessary.
* InMemoriam: The message at the end of the series finale saying "We Love You, Harris. --The -- The ''Parks'' Crew" is dedicated to writer-co-star writer/actor Harris Wittels who tragically died on February 19, 2015, five days before it first aired.
30th Sep '17 7:36:28 AM ClintEastwood
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* PostScriptSeason: Season 7 especially feels like this after Season 6 ending on a GrandFinale and an epilogue taking place [[spoiler:after a three-year TimeSkip]].

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* PostScriptSeason: The show has had shaky ratings from the start. According to Mike Schur, every season finale after season 2 (with possibly the exception of season 5) has been a potential series finale. As such, pretty much every season has been a postscript season. Season 7 especially feels like this after Season might be the most obvious example, since season 6 ending on ends with a GrandFinale and an epilogue [[spoiler: DistantFinale taking place [[spoiler:after a three-year TimeSkip]].3 years later.]]
29th Sep '17 11:11:38 PM rwe1138
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Played straight. Most exterior town scenes are shot in Pasadena. The outside of Pawnee City Hall is actually Pasadena City Hall. Lampshaded in "Pawnee Commons" wherein Ben questions the large number of palm trees found in Eagleton, which an Eagletonian explains/the show handwaves as being the result of Eagleton's unique geologic placement.
28th Sep '17 12:18:37 AM KJMackley
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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/SamElliot as Ron Dunn, Ron Swanson's counterpart in Eagleton who at first appears to be the same rugged, curt individual, but soon discovered to actually be something of a GranolaGirl ''except'' with a very similar personality as Ron Swanson.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/SamElliot Creator/SamElliott as Ron Dunn, Ron Swanson's counterpart in Eagleton who at first appears to be the same rugged, curt individual, but soon discovered to actually be something of a GranolaGirl ''except'' with a very similar personality as Ron Swanson.Swanson. He ends up as his SitcomArchNemesis.
28th Sep '17 12:17:30 AM KJMackley
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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/SamElliot as Ron Dunn, Ron Swanson's counterpart in Eagleton who at first appears to be the same rugged, curt individual, but soon discovered to actually be something of a GranolaGirl ''except'' with a very similar personality as Ron Swanson.
7th Jul '17 3:54:45 AM SaniOKh
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** Creator/AzizAnsari does not appear in three consecutive episodes during the final season, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington", "Pie-Mary", and "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show." His character's absence is not addressed.

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** Creator/AzizAnsari does not appear in three consecutive episodes during the final season, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington", "Pie-Mary", and "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show." His character's absence Show". He is not addressed.seen in the next episode "Two Funerals", returning from a trip to New York.
5th Jul '17 2:18:52 PM SaniOKh
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* AbsenteeActor: Creator/AzizAnsari does not appear in three consecutive episodes during the final season, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington", "Pie-Mary", and "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show." His character's absence is not addressed.
** "Beauty Contest" is the only episode in the series not to feature Creator/NickOfferman, whose character is written off as recovering from his hernia in the previous episode. Similarly, Creator/AubreyPlaza is absent from "Kaboom", though her character's absence is not addressed.

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Creator/AzizAnsari does not appear in three consecutive episodes during the final season, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington", "Pie-Mary", and "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show." His character's absence is not addressed.
** "Beauty Contest" is the only episode in the series not to feature Creator/NickOfferman, whose character is written off as recovering from his hernia in the previous episode. episode.
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Similarly, Creator/AubreyPlaza is absent from "Kaboom", though her character's absence is not addressed.



** Before having been PutOnABus, Creator/RashidaJones was absent from the episode "How a Bill Becomes Law". Leslie briefly addressed her absence by mentioning Ann was out of town.



* TheDanza: Ann's friend Justin Anderson is played by Justin Theroux.

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Ann's friend Justin Anderson is played by Justin Theroux.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: In 2010, the show was brushed aside for mid-season replacement ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'', which was hated by critics and did not make it past a first season. The show's fifth season narrowly avoided being cut to 13 episodes as a precursor to cancellation, but the season was officially granted a full 22 episodes.

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In 2010, the show was brushed aside for mid-season replacement ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'', which was hated by critics and did not make it past a first season. The show's fifth season narrowly avoided being cut to 13 episodes as a precursor to cancellation, but the season was officially granted a full 22 episodes.



* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Late in the series, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, played by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Schwartz Ben Schwartz]], introduces his twin sister, Mona Lisa, played by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Slate Jenny Slate.]] Despite the actors not being related, they practically match the trope for HalfIdenticalTwins.

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Late in the series, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, played by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Schwartz Ben Schwartz]], introduces his twin sister, Mona Lisa, played by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Slate Jenny Slate.]] Despite the actors not being related, they practically match the trope for HalfIdenticalTwins.



* SerendipityWritesThePlot: The UsefulNotes/{{London}} storyline came about as a way to keep Chris Pratt on the show while he was filming ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' in the UK -- Peter Serafinowicz appeared on the show in that story while also being in ''Guardians'' with Pratt.

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The UsefulNotes/{{London}} storyline came about as a way to keep Chris Pratt on the show while he was filming ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' in the UK -- Peter Serafinowicz appeared on the show in that story while also being in ''Guardians'' with Pratt.



* ThrowItIn: The show makes use of varying degrees of improvisation. The most frequent example are the "addressing the camera" scenes with many jump cuts between jokes; these are usually the result of letting the actors run off-script (especially with Amy Poehler).

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The show makes use of varying degrees of improvisation. The most frequent example are the "addressing the camera" scenes with many jump cuts between jokes; these are usually the result of letting the actors run off-script (especially with Amy Poehler).



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Deleted scenes and DVD audio commentary reveal that several Pawnee townspeople would become more heavily recurring characters in future episodes. These characters included ConspiracyTheorist Barry, anti-parks advocate Kate Spivak, and Andy's neighbor Lawrence. When the Pit 48 plot was deemphasized in the next season, the need for these characters diminished. However, Lawrence made several cameo appearances in later episodes. Barry appears very briefly in Season 2's "Sister City", though he only has lines in a DeletedScene.

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Deleted scenes and DVD audio commentary reveal that several Pawnee townspeople would become more heavily recurring characters in future episodes. These characters included ConspiracyTheorist Barry, anti-parks advocate Kate Spivak, and Andy's neighbor Lawrence. When the Pit 48 plot was deemphasized in the next season, the need for these characters diminished. However, Lawrence made several cameo appearances in later episodes. Barry appears very briefly in Season 2's "Sister City", though he only has lines in a DeletedScene.



* WrittenByCastMember: Amy Poehler wrote the episodes "Telethon," "The Fight," and "The Debate." She co-write the episodes "Second Chunce" and "One Last Ride" with Michael Schur.

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Amy Poehler wrote the episodes "Telethon," "The Fight," and "The Debate." She co-write the episodes "Second Chunce" and "One Last Ride" with Michael Schur.
5th Jun '17 7:21:03 PM 8BrickMario
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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: This happened with a ''joke''. A deleted scene from a town meeting featured a citizen complaining that an old sandwich she found in the park didn't have mayonnaise, and how this failed to meet her standards of a sandwich. The creators must have really liked the bit, because the scene was worked into a future episode.
22nd May '17 1:12:28 PM KizunaTallis
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* CreatorBacklash: It's hard to blame him considering how undercooked a character Mark was, and then later was the odd man out when the series found its identity in season 2, but Paul Schneider has been honest in his bitter feelings about his experience on the show and that it left him with a pretty sour outlook on mainstream acting as a whole (he now selects low-key roles in independent projects and takes a lot of time off in between jobs). When the creators kept the door open for a return, he expressed an explicit lack of interest in ever reappearing again, which may explain why Mark slid into UnPerson territory from season 3 onward.

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It's hard to blame him considering how undercooked a character Mark was, and then later was the odd man out when the series found its identity in season 2, but Paul Schneider has been honest in his bitter feelings about his experience on the show and that it left him with a pretty sour outlook on mainstream acting as a whole (he now selects low-key roles in independent projects and takes a lot of time off in between jobs). When the creators kept the door open for a return, he expressed an explicit lack of interest in ever reappearing again, which may explain why Mark slid into UnPerson territory from season 3 onward.onward.
** The creators and cast as a whole seem to feel this way towards the first season. Aside from agreeing with the fans' consensus that the humor was weaker and the characterizations were spotty at best, they also rarely ever acknowledge it. At one point, during one panel between the cast, Greg Daniels brought up a moment between April and Andy in the episode "Rock Show", which he mentioned was in season 1, then gave a knowing pause at what he just said, causing everyone in the audience to laugh and Aziz Ansari to yell, "Don't bring up those shitty episodes, man!"
20th May '17 6:51:59 PM KizunaTallis
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** During the episode "Tom's Divorce", many viewers could not help but notice that the stripper Leslie hired (played by Cheryl Texiera) to give Tom a lap dance looked uncannily like Wendy (played by Jama Williamson). ''Definitely'' deliberate on the part of the casting department.



** Series co-creator Mike Schur also said at a panel discussion that his favorite joke in the entire series -- Andy's line "Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says that you might have...Network Connectivity Problems" -- was made up on the spot by Chris Pratt.

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** Series co-creator Mike Schur also said at a panel discussion that his favorite joke in the entire series -- Andy's line "Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says that you might have... Network Connectivity Problems" Problems." -- was made up on the spot by Chris Pratt.



** April was originally named Aubrey making her TheDanza.

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** April was originally named Aubrey Aubrey, making her TheDanza.
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