Margaret Lyons over at Vulture thinks "Parks and Rec" should end next season, and I agree (even if its season finale included Letters to Cleo singing "Here and Now" at the Unity Concert).
*Spoilers for the Season Finale Ahead*
Kay Hanley looks amazing!
In fact, the season finale seemed to be setting the show up for its end game, with a pregnant Leslie Knope debating whether to leave Pawnee for a job with the National Parks Association in Chicago.
And all of the characters' story arcs seemed to be finding resolution (the Cones of Dunshire game Ben created even has a cult following!). Even Ron Swanson's saxophone-playing alter ego Duke Silver made an appearance at the concert during the "Bye Bye Lil' Sebastian" Mouse Rat reunion.
With 15 minutes to go in the finale, I actually hoped this was the last episode for good because it was so conclusive (only P&R would have an unpromoted surprise series finale). Then, there was a three-year time jump at the end, with Leslie heading the Midwest Division of the National Parks Department in Pawnee as the mother of three-year-old triplets. So it looks like the show will receive a victory lap next season.
But what will happen after NBC loses this show? Do you know what aired after this finale? An hour of old SNL skits.
During the finale, a preview for "Undateable" aired, which appears to be using the recycled set and cast of "Whitney."
And then there was this preview for "Welcome to Sweden," which looks to be recycling SNL cast members.
While "Sweden" is mildly intriguing, based on the cast alone, NBC appears to be constantly stepping backwards. Shows with Michael J. Fox. Laugh tracks. The Peacock seems to be about 10 years behind everyone else.
While a lot of people will be sad if Leslie Knope and company go off the air next spring, I think NBC will probably be the saddest. At least, they should be.