A 'Parks and Recreation' Live Episode Needs to Happen and Here's Why
This might just be better than bacon and eggs, Lil' Sebastian, and the Cones of Dunsmire combined: a Parks and Recreation live episode. Alright so maybe it's not actually a thing outside of our dreamscapes, but by the sounds of Adam Scott's imaginative and totally fake finale spoiler, that they will perform a live birth on TV, maybe the idea of doing something less insane but equally-as-exciting could happen. Don't you want it, world? Of course you want it!
It's a far from unprecedented move — one of the greatest series that ever was, fellow NBC laugher 30 Rock, did two — and probably something that the producers have considered (Scott did say "we haven't done a live episode yet," emphasis ours). And given the comedy prowess of the talent involved, in addition to star Amy Poehler's Saturday Night Live cred, we just can't see a reason why this shouldn't be a thing. But we know some people are party poopers and need a lot more convincing than others. So let us just go ahead and highlight some of the many, many good reasons there are for Parks and Recreation to do a live episode, in addition to a few selfish wants we have should it come into fruition.
They Have the Improv Pedigree
A huge chunk of the cast has a background in improvisational comedy. I mean, Amy Poehler helped to co-found the Upright Citizen's Brigade, one of the largest and most influential comedy organizations in America. If anyone can handle the unpredictability of live television, it's a bunch of comedians who have literally trained in the art of doing just that.
Leslie On Fire
Knope's life this season thus far has been a whirlwind, to be sure. But now that she's no longer the Councilwoman she dreamed she'd always be, what better time to throw caution to the wind and upend her life, live? It also leaves room to have the story center on everyone rather than Poehler doing the heavy-lifting. When timing is tricky and the going gets tough, Leslie's often either killin' it or in crisis-management mode when things get crazy, though, so she'd figure into any scenario fairly well. And though the stakes have been lowered in some ways, her desire to prove herself and "figure it all out" has increased tenfold. A live show could bring it all to a head.
A Larry Pile-On
Sure, the running gag that Jerry/Garry/Larry Gergich is the cause of all of the Parks Department's problems is an enjoyable one. But imagine the possibilities if we saw the live show through his point of view rather than everyone else's. All the bumbles and fumbles would ensure maximum "Damnit, Larry!" possibilities, and who doesn't want to watch that?
An Excuse for More Jean-Ralphio
Everyone knows JR is on the hunt for quick cash and fame, and Tom is looking for his next great venture: what if the two of them team up to create a reality series and try to film it in the Parks and Rec office? It could explain any cameras that end up on-screen (similarly to the ER live episode) and allow all of us for more of our favorite recurring guest star on the series, Ben Schwartz (and maybe even his sister Mona Lisa, played by Jenny Slate), who's also — you guessed it — an improv champ.
If Anything Goes Wrong, They Have Chris Pratt
Just strap a guitar onto him and let musical magic unfold.
She would live-tweet the shit out of this. And so would we. And it would be good.
America loves a live show (except/probably the people who have to create and execute it. Whoops sorry for the extra work, guys), and a reasonably-sized fraction of that loves Parks and Recreation. Why not marry the two and make it happen? C'mon, do it! Do it. DO IT.