Goodbye, Leslie Knope

Riley Adamson, Copy Editor

Amy Poehler and the cast of the popular television show Parks and Recreation are going to be gracing your television screen again very soon. Unfortunately, after season seven airs in January, this witty television show will not be coming back. For six years, Leslie Knope and the employees of Pawnee, Indiana’s Department of Parks and Recreation have had us laughing at their antics. The end of this show was not due to low ratings, although that had been a problem in the previous seasons. Instead, this was a decision made by the producers and creators of the show.

I think everyone feels like, ‘We don’t want to overstay our welcome.

— Michael Shur

In an interview with Michael Shur, co-creator and executive producer of the show conducted by Entertainment Weekly, he said that the creators and producers have gotten as far along in the show as they had intended. “I think everyone feels like, ‘We don’t want to overstay our welcome,” Shur said.

The cast, of course, is also emotionally affected by this decision. In the same Entertainment Weekly interview, Shur said, “Contemplating the end of this job that we’ve loved so much and we’ve poured our hearts and souls into is incredibly sad. But everybody is like, ‘Yeah, this feels right.’”

If you aren’t already caught up to the current season of Parks and Recreation, seasons 1 through 6 are available to stream instantly on Netflix, if you have an account.