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