4 thoughts on “When Did Parks and Recreation Jump the Shark?

  1. I think that the series really benefitted from knowing the last season would be the last season, but I will say that the first episodes of that last season (with the time jump) were problematic and made me worried that it had overstayed its welcome. The rift between Ron and Leslie was just pointless and unnecessary drama that made the characters seem like they had regressed.

    The last season had a few storylines that didn’t really work for me, but we got such a nice wrap up at the end of the series (with actual character growth) that it’s hard to say it really jumped the shark. Maybe it jumped the shark but stuck the landing?

  2. I would agree that there was no shark jumping.

    I mean, it COULD have ended after the penultimate season. The season finale was written such that it could serve as a series final, although that was pretty much true for every other season (and even the mid-season finales; they were pretty much getting renewed a half-season at a time). The final season may not have been quite as good as some previous seasons, but it was still better than just about anything else on the air at the time.

    Honestly, Parks & Recreation is a case where it started on the other side of the shark, then jumped backwards. The first season (and part of the second) was… not good. But once they got a better handle on how to treat the plots and characters, it became great.

  3. I lkke what Rob MacGregor said: “Maybe it jumped the shark but stuck the landing?” And Brian Perler’s observation that it already started on the other side of the shark.

    How fitting is the final season then as a reflection of the entire series? It starts off problematic and full of unnecessary conflict, but once the characters are in place and some quick retooling is done, it’s beautiful. It’s literally the relationship with its first seasons.

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