“Cause we’re a nation of dreamers and it is my dream to build a park that I one day visit with my White House staff on my birthday. And they say, ‘President Knope, this park is awesome. Now we understand why you are the first female President of the United States.” – Leslie Knope.
“Parks and Recreation” has completed five seasons with Leslie Knope as one of the well-loved characters. Originally making its start as the new show that came on before “The Office,” it has quickly grown.
Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, is a middle-aged, overzealous employee of the Pawnee, Indiana government, and works as the deputy director of the parks and recreation department.
As much as I have become a strong Knope supporter, her journey in the Pawnee Parks Department would not be nearly as enjoyable without Ron Swanson, her libertarian boss, Ann Perkins, her sweet best friend, Tom Haverford, her goofy assistant, or even her angsty intern April Ludgate.
On September 26, Leslie and her parks department family will return to NBC for the sixth season. The highly anticipated season will have some surprises for long time fans.
One major change to the season is the departure of Rashida Jones’ character. As Leslie’s best friend on the show, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), will be a huge member to lose from the parks family.
Writers of the show have said that other beloved characters will now be taking on bigger roles, filling the void Leslie’s character will experience without her best friend. Donna, one of the current parks department members, will be coming to the forefront this season.
Mike Schur, the executive producer also comments that there is a surprise of “something that April (Aubrey Plaza) does in the [London-set, Sept. 26] premiere that’s sort of a harbinger of things to come.”
Perhaps Tom will finally go back to Lucy, his girlfriend from season two, or maybe April and Andy will start a family? Will Leslie push to continue her advancement in the Pawnee government? Will she start a family of her own?