It's so hard to say goodbye... especially when it comes to one of our favorite sitcoms of the last few decades. "Parks & Recreation" begins its final season Tuesday, January 13th, which means we'll soon be parting with the lovable Leslie Knope and company.
We've waited months for Season 7 to arrive and now the end is getting realer and realer. But it ain't over til it's over, folks. Leslie wouldn't want us to get prematurely down about this, now would she?
Just what do we have to look forward to and where did we leave off? Here's a handy primer before you tune in.
How did Season 6 end?
-Ben and Leslie were are expecting triplets.
-There was an epic Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert featuring performances by Ginuwine (Donna's cousin) and Letters to Cleo. Mouse Rat reunited.
-Last season, Leslie debated going for a job as Regional Director of the Midwest National Parks Service ... which just happened to be in very inconvenient Chicago. But she was ultimately able to take the position out of Pawnee, thanks to Ron's remodeling of the City Hall's third floor.
-There was a three year time jump! This allowed us to get a taste of the future of the "Parks" gang, which included Leslie entrenched in her new position. Also, Jon Hamm.
What do we know about Season 7?
-There are only 13 episodes. We know. Total bummer.
-The remaining episodes will be airing back-to-back weekly, so every Tuesday you'll get two for the price of one. Remember, don't change the channel after that first one ends!
-The show continues to take place in the future and loose ends will be tied up along the way.
"The whole season takes place in the year 2017 - we did a time jump into the future at the end of last year. So there is a slight tinge of science fiction that permeates everything and a lot of fun jokes about how the world has changed in three years," showrunner Mike Schur told "Rolling Stone."
-Here's the synopsis for the first episode, "2017":
"In the Season 7 premiere, Leslie enters into a competition with the tech company Gryzzl for a large parcel of land, which she wants to turn into a national park. Meanwhile, April and Andy try to become more spontaneous; and Ben is honored with a speech by Tom at a Bicentennial Gala."
-In the tradition of the show, there will be terrific guest stars! "SNL" alum Rachel Dratch is slated to appear, for starters. Lots of favorites will be returning to the small screen for the final eps, too, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Megan Mullally. Tammy Two, we welcome you with open arms.
-Johnny Karate (Andy's children's character) has his own TV show. Now that's a spinoff we would totally watch...
-Gerry goes by Terry now.
-Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) WILL be back.
-The finale airs sooner than you think: February 24th. But Mike Schur went on to say, " I believe and hope that the finale is one of the best episodes that we've ever done." So there's that! In the meantime, treat yo self to the farewell season...
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