The Rebirth of “Wet Hot American Summer”

Netflix has often shown a skilled eye in choosing which “properties” to reboot. Arrested Development, Gilmore Girls, Full House have all been resurrected to popular acclaim. Wet Hot American Summer, first released in a couple cities in 2001 and grossing under $300K, was a different animal. Was it possible to resurrect something that was barely alive to begin with? When the film starred beloved American talent like Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Paul Rudd, whose profiles have skyrocketed since 2001, it certainly was. Triumphantly returning as an eight-episode TV prequel, the raunchy summer camp comedy brings the gang back for more fun.

‘Wet Hot American Summer’: Oral History Details False Starts, Faking Camp Firewood, 7.28.15

The Definitive Oral History of “Parks and Recreation”

Originally created by two key creative forces behind “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” was envisioned as a re-imagining of the former in the public sector. The similarities are clear: a lovably eccentric cast centered on a naively hopeful star played by a comedic genius. Steve Carell’s Michael Scott and Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope are two of the defining comedic characters of this century, and their shows are still ravenously devoured by fans looking to step out of the cold.

You Go Big Or You Go Home: An Oral History Of The Creation And Evolution Of ‘Parks And Recreation’, 2.23.15

“Cones of Dunshire”: “Parks and Rec’s” Best Homage to Nerdom

Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt, a reticent but likeable nerd, is out of work and ends up going full geek: creating such a complex board game that an actual gaming company had trouble replicating it. A nod to The Settlers of Catan, a popular board game launched in 1995, Cones of Dunshire has taken on a life of its own and is still referenced years after the show ended.

Parks and Recreation’s the Cones of Dunshire Board Game, an Oral History, 1.27.15