By Maggie Reimherr
I am a Netflix aficionado. I am such an avid fan of its services that it’s borderline embarrassing. For example, when my friends made my 21st birthday sign (#sorority), they considered making it in the shape of the Netflix logo. That’s dedication.
I have watched all 16 seasons of Law and Order SVU and every 90s and early 2000s teen drama you could possibly imagine. I have cried through Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. I have cackled through Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. How I Met Your Mother pulled me out of the Great Emotional Funk of 2012 (if you knew me then, you remember this). What I’m saying is this: my expertise of this wonderful streaming service’s wares is extensive. Therefore, I know that there’s always a show to be binge watched.
When Derek and I got married, we decided that we needed a show the both of us would enjoy. Since we both pride ourselves on our ~stellar~ senses of humor, we decided a comedy would be right up our alley. It’s actually ridiculous that neither of us had seen this show before, but I’m embarrassed to say that we were Parks and Rec virgins. This needed to change ASAP.
We quickly got hooked on the show (me more so than Derek because I’m the Binge Watch Queen). I decided that Derek’s a hybrid of Andy Dwyer, Ben Wyatt, and Tom Haverford, heavy on the Andy, though. Derek decided that I’m a hybrid of Leslie Knope and Chris Traeger. We both accepted these classifications without hesitation because we’re self-aware and also a little self-deprecating.
We’re now on season 6, and I’m prolonging the experience because I’m not ready for it to end (I did, however, frontload by watching approximately 20 episodes in one day). Not to get all cheesy on you, but the experience of watching this show has inspired me to be a stronger, more driven woman - THANK YOU, LESLIE. It’s also been such a comfort to watch. You see the characters experience real life situations and real life emotions with only a small dash of cliché. It almost, almost makes you want to move to a tiny town in Indiana and work for the city government.
So how do I love thee, Parks and Rec? Let me count the ways:
1) Leslie Knope’s awkwardness.
2) The paradox of Ron Swanson – a bureaucrat who hates bureaucracy.
3) April Ludgate’s weirdness.
4) Ben Wyatt’s total geekdom.
5) Everything about Jerry Gergich’s home life.
6) Tommy Boy's swag.
7) Andy Dwyer, the lovable doofus.
8) Donna Meagle’s utter intolerance of bulls%!+.
9) Ann Perkins’ and Leslie Knope’s beautiful friendship.
10) Chris Traeger, literally the most upbeat person on television.
11) Jean Ralphio’s commentary.
12) And finally, the introduction of this beautiful concept into the mainstream:
When we finish this show, this is how I will feel:
In the meantime, you can find me on my couch looking like this: