Parks And Recreation Season 8: Could It Happen?

Parks and Recreation is perhaps one of the most iconic and memorable shows of the 21st century. The show, which came out back in 2008, quickly climbed the ranks and went on to become one of the best satires on TV. It was unlike anything that came before it and offered a sense of entertainment that was relatively unheard of in that genre. The show ran on for seven marvelous seasons before it ended in 2015. But since then, fans have always been curious about a revival of the show, or maybe a reunion. So it begs the question, could the show return for Parks and Recreation Season 8? Or is the show truly over, and will never return to the screen? These are the questions we are going to answer today, and hopefully, quench your thirst for the latest Parks and Recreation news.

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Parks and Recreation Season 8: About The Show

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Parks and Recreation is a comedy-drama that takes the form of a satirical mockumentary and takes us through the inner workings of a government office. The show centers around the happenings inside the office, and the sort of drama and politics that all of it ensues. The show shows the inner workings of the local government office in Pawnee, Indiana, and centers around Amy Poehler‘s character in the initial season. It shows Leslie Knope, Poehler’s character, as a new element in the office who is full of enthusiasm about her job and has no end to her commitment to it. This often works to the annoyance of her coworkers and sometimes does good for them.

While the show started off with Poehler’s character in the lead, the show’s popularity quickly shot up after it came out, and the cast expanded to allow in more talent and a good amount of new characters. Over the years, future stars like Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Retta, and Aziz Ansari joined the cast in their respective roles, and the show rose to new heights. By the end of the show, each of their characters had established themselves as no less than the others on the show and had been given enough of a back story to make viewers connect to them.

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Parks and Recreation Season 8: Possibilities

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When talking about Parks and Recreation Season 8, there is a lot that we have to consider. The show ended back in 2015 and gave beautiful endings to its characters. Most of the characters eventually found their calling and were given a proper send-off from the show. Andy Dwyer went on to host his own children’s show, April-Ludgate Dwyer went on to become a public service worker. Ron Swanson, too, got his dream job in the department, and Tom Haverford finally found his calling in entrepreneurship. Ben and Leslie, however, continued to work together, and continue their lives in a peaceful way, with a happy ever after.

So all things considered, it has been quite a journey for each of the characters, and they have been given the endings that they all deserved by the end of the show. The Parks and Recreation finale was written with a lot of love for the characters, and gave them all satisfying conclusions, and gave the show a sense of finality that was undebatable. It neatly wrapped everything up and left little to build upon. It was a true finale in every sense. Which makes a renewal of the show a very difficult thing. 

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Other Problems

But that is not really the only thing that is stopping Parks and Recreation Season 8 from happening. The development of a show goes beyond its characters and onto its team. And as we all know, the cast of Parks and Recreations, while they started out small, have all gone on to have successful careers that have changed the way we look at their characters. Chris Pratt went on to become the face of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and one of the most important characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Aubrey Plaza went on to build a stellar film career of her own, and won accolades. Retta has been slaying it with Good Girls, while Aziz Ansari, as we all know, has become an award-winning showrunner. 

All of this means that the cast of the show has moved on to endeavours that are bigger than the show, and are unlikely to return for a renewal of the show. While a reunion episode might be on the table, a renewal of the show seems unlikely because of how popular all of the show stars have become. It has become a big weight for the show to lift in a busy world.

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Could Parks and Recreation Season 8 Happen? Showrunner Talks

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Show creator Michael Schur, too, has had a lot to say about the show. He has talked about the renewal of Parks and Recreation a few times, and his responses have been interesting, to say the least. While the show was given a proper finale there is probably no coming back from it, Schur has been a little unsure himself about the future of the show. When asked about whether he would ever want to go back to Parks and Recreation Season 8, Schur stated,

“I honestly hadn’t thought about it at all. I don’t know why, I just hadn’t. When you’re writing an ending it’s probably not a good idea to have one foot out the door and think, ‘Well, maybe this isn’t the ending!’ You need to appropriately, emotionally deal with the ending. But I don’t know. The cast is about to disperse and dominate Hollywood for the next 25 years. It’s unlikely they’ll ever have time at the same moment.”

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So It’s Not Happening?

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The above statement would put rest to all rumors about the renewal of the show, had it been the only thing that the show creator said. He went on to say, “But I’ll never say never. It’s the greatest job I’ve ever had, and maybe ever will have. I would never say no. If the opportunity presents itself and everybody’s interested, I’ll be right there with my old-timey typewriter ready to bang out another episode.”

Given that, we are quite sure that Schur is interested in a renewal of Parks and Recreation, but it is just a matter of logistics and possibilities, which are few and far in between. This was further confirmed by the showrunner when he stated that the show would only return if there was ever a story that needed to be told. The show ran across seven seasons and had plenty of time to make the impact that it needed to make, and to tell its story. Now, the show would only ever be considered for renewal if there was a story that actually needed to be told. And given how neat the season finale was, that is very unlikely to happen.

All things considered, there is a very low chance that Parks and Recreation Season 8 will ever return. So if I was you, I would not hold my breath for it.

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Parks and Recreation Season 8: Outlook

While it is quite certain that Parks and Recreation Season 8 is unlikely to ever happen, it is not really a bad thing. The show had its time, and it told an amazing story across its run. And it was just time for the show to end and reach its natural conclusion. I believe it is best if the show is left untouched, and it seems that the showrunner would agree with me on that.

In the meanwhile, you may watch the show and enjoy the previous seasons. It is currently available on Amazon Prime Video. You may check it out at the link below:

Watch Parks and Recreation on Amazon Prime Video

Parks and Recreation currently holds a rating of 8.6 out of 10 on IMDb, based on multiple user reviews. IMDb is our preferred platform for all movies and TV shows.

You may watch the trailer for the show down below:

What do you think about the show? Are you an old time fan of it? Do you look forward to a renewal? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Willard Gross
Willard Gross is a content writer with an eye for detail. He loves to write and create, but he also enjoys reading and analyzing the work of others in order to critique it. With every sentence he writes, Willard strives for perfection: each word should be just right.

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