Parks and Recreation is one of the most popular comedies of the 2010s, and the NBC series is still notable to this day. Just give the show a name, and TV lovers will think of characters like Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) almost immediately. But the fans may not know that Parks and Recreation almost went under a different name. It ended up on its current title because the creators didn’t want to offend the officials they portrayed on screen.
Before we get to the alternative title for parks and recreation, It’s worth noting that the NBC series had an almost entirely different setup. According to sites like Screen Rant and Mental Floss, it was originally intended to be a spin-off of The office. parks and rec Creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur both worked on the other NBC series first. So the network asked her to create another story on it.
Daniels and Schur soon recognized it parks and rec could – and should – stand on its own. However, they went through several ideas for one office spinoff before they came to that decision. One of them almost saw a broken copier holding the two comedies together. However, they eventually chose to keep the two worlds separate parks and rec some of them still used The office‘s style choice and humor.
Aside from having almost a different premise, Parks and Recreation almost had a different name. So what else could the NBC series have been called?
It’s hard to imagine Parks and Recreation under a different name, but the NBC show was almost called up Public service.
According to an archived New York Times article, the title of NBC’s sitcom hung on the air for some time before it debuted. Public service was a strong contender. But ultimately, NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman decided it could be seen as an insult to public sector workers.
“Can’t poke fun at public service!” Silverman said in an email obtained by the NYT. “Concerned, because we don’t want to seem mean about it.”
In the end it seems Parks and Recreation turned out to be the less risky choice. And now it’s known by that title – so it all worked out in the end!
Those are missing Parks and Recreation After learning about the other name and premise, you can rewatch the series on Peacock. The streaming service carries NBC’s TV shows, which includes both parks and rec and The office. And that regardless of the fact, that parks and rec ended years ago, it continues to enchant newcomers and longtime fans alike.
watch Parks and Recreation Seasons 1-7 on Peacock.
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