History Trivia / ParksAndRecreation

14th Apr '18 11:53:44 AM KizunaTallis
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** While he doesn't appear to hate the show itself, Paul Schneider (Mark) does not seem to have fond memories of his time on it either. 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 Schneider has been pretty honest about his bitter feelings regarding his experience on the show and that it left him with a soured outlook on mainstream acting as a whole (he now selects roles in low-key independent projects and takes a lot of time off in between jobs). The creators did keep the door open for a return and planned to have Mark [[DropInCharacter reappear every once in a while]], 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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** While he doesn't appear to hate the show itself, Paul Schneider (Mark) does not seem to have fond memories of his time on it either. 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 Schneider has been pretty honest about his bitter feelings regarding his experience on the show and that it left him with a soured outlook on mainstream acting as a whole (he now selects roles in low-key independent projects and takes a lot of time off in between jobs). The creators did keep the door open for a return and planned to have Mark [[DropInCharacter reappear every once in a while]], he but Schneider expressed an explicit lack of interest in ever reappearing again, which may explain why Mark slid into UnPerson territory from season 3 onward.



* ThePeteBest: Paul Schneider (Mark) was this, having played a fairly prominent role in the first two seasons before leaving at the end of Season 2, which was largely agreed to be the point the show was [[GrowingTheBeard starting to figure itself out and found its own distinct identity]] away from its [[Series/TheOfficeUS parent series]], and his role as the StraightMan[=/=]OnlySaneMan[=/=]LoveInterest of Leslie being supplanted by Adam Scott's Ben.

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* ThePeteBest: Paul Schneider (Mark) was this, having played a fairly prominent role in the first two seasons before leaving at the end of Season 2, which was largely agreed to be the point the show was [[GrowingTheBeard starting to figure itself out and found its own distinct identity]] away from its [[Series/TheOfficeUS parent series]], and his role as the StraightMan[=/=]OnlySaneMan[=/=]LoveInterest of Leslie being supplanted by Adam Scott's Ben.Ben, who was much more well-received by the fans.
31st Mar '18 1:17:33 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}}, Film/FastFive, ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', ''Film/FastFive'', and Series/{{Scandal}}), ''Series/{{Scandal}}''), he always plays a newscaster.



** 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.
** 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!"

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** While he doesn't appear to hate the show itself, Paul Schneider (Mark) does not seem to have fond memories of his time on it either. 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 pretty honest in about his bitter feelings about regarding his experience on the show and that it left him with a pretty sour soured outlook on mainstream acting as a whole (he now selects low-key roles in low-key independent projects and takes a lot of time off in between jobs). When the The creators kept did keep the door open for a return, return and planned to have Mark [[DropInCharacter reappear every once in a while]], he expressed an explicit lack of interest in ever reappearing again, which may explain why Mark slid into UnPerson territory from season 3 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 a 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!"


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* ThePeteBest: Paul Schneider (Mark) was this, having played a fairly prominent role in the first two seasons before leaving at the end of Season 2, which was largely agreed to be the point the show was [[GrowingTheBeard starting to figure itself out and found its own distinct identity]] away from its [[Series/TheOfficeUS parent series]], and his role as the StraightMan[=/=]OnlySaneMan[=/=]LoveInterest of Leslie being supplanted by Adam Scott's Ben.


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* VindicatedByReruns: ''Parks and Rec'' was never quite able to shake off the bad first impression its [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness clumsy first season]] left on most critics and initial audiences that wrote it off as a pale imitation of ''The Office'', and even after growing the beard in Season 2 and continuing to improve from there, it was still largely a QuietlyPerformingSisterShow in comparison to ''The Office'' and struggled in the Nielson ratings for its whole run on NBC, though it did manage to avoid cancellation and lasted seven seasons (125 episodes in total) thanks to its small but very loyal fanbase. Eventually, reruns on FXX and other networks (as well as help from streaming services) led to good word-of-mouth and a bump in fans that missed the show's initial run. Moreover, thanks to having lasted longer than its ratings would've normally allowed, ''Parks'' has also managed to avoid the [[TooGoodToLast "critically beloved but short-lived"]] label that usually plagues shows that go through this.
10th Nov '17 12:04:36 PM RaineyH
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** There are small touches that partly balance this out, by making it clear that the showrunners have ShownTheirWork. For example, maps of Pawnee copy the outline of Muncie, flipped north-to-south, and in some of the show's many ([[RunningGag many, many]]) drinking scenes, products from southern Indiana's own Upland brewery, such as [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eziDJu6Xj9I/S9IvM8mzT3I/AAAAAAAABb8/VzmnHy3b9kM/s1600/beer+etc.+366.jpg Helios Pale Ale]], are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0YdqFPbSpc plainly visible]].
27th Oct '17 8:43:04 PM thelivingtoad
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** The minor character Harris is an obsessive Music/{{Phish}} fan who is often seen wearing Phish shirts. The character was played by late show writer Harris Wittels, who himself was a massive fan of the band in real life (those shirts were his own) and even he co-hosted his own podcast about the band called [[http://www.earwolf.com/show/analyze-phish/ Analyze Phish]].

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** The minor character Harris is an obsessive Music/{{Phish}} fan who is often seen wearing Phish shirts. The character was played by the late show writer Harris Wittels, a writer for the show who himself was a massive fan of the band in real life (those shirts were his own) and even he co-hosted his own podcast about the band called [[http://www.earwolf.com/show/analyze-phish/ Analyze Phish]].
27th Oct '17 8:39:54 PM thelivingtoad
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** The minor character Harris is an obsessive Music/{{Phish}} fan who is often seen wearing Phish shirts. The character was played by late show writer Harris Wittels, who himself was a massive fan of the band in real life (those shirts were his own) and even he co-hosted his own podcast about the band called [[http://www.earwolf.com/show/analyze-phish/ Analyze Phish]].



** "In Operation: Ann," one of Ann's potential suitors is a Music/{{Phish}} fanatic named Harris, played by show writer Harris Wittels, who was [[ActorInspiredElement a huge Phish fanboy]] in real life.

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** "In Operation: Ann," one of Ann's potential suitors is a Music/{{Phish}} fanatic named Harris, who was played by show writer Harris Wittels, who was [[ActorInspiredElement a huge Phish fanboy]] in real life.Wittels.
27th Oct '17 8:34:35 PM thelivingtoad
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** "In Operation: Ann," one of Ann's potential suitors is a Phish fanatic named Harris, played by show writer Harris Wittels.

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** "In Operation: Ann," one of Ann's potential suitors is a Phish Music/{{Phish}} fanatic named Harris, played by show writer Harris Wittels.Wittels, who was [[ActorInspiredElement a huge Phish fanboy]] in real life.
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.
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