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The office comedy genre is still popular on television, with shows like The Office and others like it becoming household names. However, among the rest, Parks and Recreation is the one workplace comedy that really stands out to me. There are several other fun-loving characters and stories in Parks and Recreation that anyone can enjoy, but for me, it’s mainly because I loved following Leslie Knope’s story from the first season to the end.
Several fans have been searching for a show to replace Parks and Recreation since its final season ended. Looking for shows like Parks and Recreation to fill that void in your life? Look no further than this list of comedies similar to Parks and Recreation. These are among the best options available.
1. Community – Netflix
Community has always been one of my favorite shows, and I expect that Parks and Recreation fans will enjoy it just as much as I have. ‘Community’ tells the story of six unlikely friends who meet at a community college and form a tight family that always has each other’s backs, no matter how wacky things get.
Fans of Parks and Recreation will enjoy Community because of the quirky personalities of the various characters. I enjoy hearing about their personal lives at home and how despite their differences, they are able to come together during special occasions. I’m reminded of Leslie Knope and how her friends and colleagues (each with their own quirks) are always there for her, even when she’s having a hard time. The show Community is fantastic, and it was created by the same person who created Rick and Morty, so you know it will be hilarious.
2. The Office – Peacock
Parks and Recreation was intended to be a spin-off of The Office when it was first conceived by Michael Schur and Greg Daniels. Because of this show, The Office is a staple of office comedy culture. To find out more about Dundler Mifflin Paper Company and all of its employees’ personal and professional challenges, watch this hilarious sitcom about Michael Scott, the company’s troubled but lovable boss (Steve Carell).
Fans of Parks and Recreation will enjoy this show. What we’ve got here is the pinnacle of an office comedy. If you’re curious about what it’s like to work in a different type of office, this is the show for you. You’ll adore Jim and Pam’s romance, learn about Michael Scott’s complicated past, and discover a whole lot more.
3. The Good Place – Netflix
After that, The Good Place is one of the most well-developed shows in terms of emotional beats. There is a plot in “The Good Place” about Eleanor, a woman who dies and is welcomed into a utopian “the Good Place” because of her good deeds during her life. However, there is a complication – Eleanor isn’t supposed to be there.
The Good Place, the brainchild of Parks and Rec’s Michael Schur, is one of those comedies that only gets better with time. You’ll enjoy The Good Place if you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation’s character development over the course of the show’s four seasons. Nothing more can be said without giving anything away, but please do watch it. There are numerous turns and twists to keep your mind occupied. In addition, it’s the funniest thing to watch Kristen Bell in the Good Place try to curse.
4. Arrested Development – Netflix
Unquestionably, this was a top-notch production. When the Bluth family loses their fortune, the Bluths continue to live a lavish lifestyle despite their lot in life. This gets them into trouble constantly.
Arrested Development is on this list despite the fact that it isn’t a workplace comedy or a show with a lot of emotional undertones. Because of the outlandish nature of some of the jokes, this is definitely a show that needs to be experienced to be appreciated. While Parks and Recreation had some great moments, Arrested Development is the show to watch if you want something truly outlandish. After the first episode, I guarantee you’ll be holding your sides in laughter.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Hulu
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a masterful example of the classic workplace comedy. In this classic comedy, Andy Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a detective with the fictional Brooklyn 99th Precinct who frequently runs afoul of his superior officer in the course of his work. We also get a peek into the personal lives of his coworkers, as well as the bizarre antics that take place in this bizarre police station.
Andy Samberg, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live, truly shines in this role. This is one of his funniest roles yet. Before Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I had never seen him in anything that really showcased his comedic range. That, as well as his co-stars, are top-notch. Before watching this show, I had no idea Terry Crews was such a hoot. This is a good show to watch if you liked Parks and Recreation.
6. New Girl – Netflix
One of my all-time favorite shows for a variety of reasons. New Girl centers on Jess (Zooey Deschanel), a young woman who discovers that her boyfriend is having an affair and decides to leave home to live in an apartment with three other men. How much of a saga is this going to be? That’s a lot. And everything about it is fantastic.
In my opinion, the seven seasons of New Girl were the ideal amount of time to tell the story. Fans of Parks and Recreation will enjoy the friendships and romantic relationships that develop, but they’ll also laugh a lot in the process. With so many absurd scenes and characters, like Nick (Jake Johnson), the epitome of “procrastination,” you’ll find yourself shaking your head at the TV and laughing at their antics.
7. Glow – Netflix
Despite the fact that this is a different kind of comedy than many of the others on this list, it deserves to be included. Netflix’s popular show GLOW is based on the syndicated women’s wrestling gimmick from the 1980s, known as Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).
There are many hilarious moments in this Alison Brie-led series, and it’s one of the best on Netflix. However, the main reason I’m including it here is because of how well it represents women. Leslie Knope was one of my favorite actors on television because it was unusual to see a woman star in a comedy and seriously rock it. GLOW, on the other hand, goes a step further by featuring some incredible female characters who truly embody female empowerment and the importance of accepting yourself exactly as you are. As far as feel-good comedies go, it’s up there with the best of them on this list.
8. How I Met Your Mother – Amazon Prime
The show How I Met Your Mother, despite the controversy, is excellent. Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) tells his children the story of how he met their mother in the beginning of the series. After that, we’re transported back in time and given an overview of the entire adventure over the course of several seasons.
Parks and Recreation devotees will recognize this as yet another example of relationships that develop over the course of several seasons and have a strong emotional impact on the viewer. You begin to form emotional attachments to these characters in ways you never imagined possible. While the final season’s conclusion has sparked much discussion among fans, the story that came before it is well worth the binge.
9. Party Down – Starz
This is a good choice if you’re looking for a comedy to watch in a hurry. Party Down tells the story of a catering team in Los Angeles who are all hoping for a big break or a change in their lives.
In comparison to some of the longer shows on this list, the series only has two seasons and twenty episodes that last for half an hour each. Keep an eye on the episode count because the hilarity of some of the situations that these guys find themselves in will make the time fly by even faster. You’ll also enjoy the hilarious performances of Jane Lynch and Adam Scott, so prepare to laugh out loud for a long time.
10. Modern Family – Peacock, Hulu
Modern Family has become so well-known as a result of its status as a cultural touchstone. A typical American modern family with all of its quirks and interesting twists and turns is the focus of this show.
Like on Parks and Recreation, one of the best parts of Modern Family is seeing the characters grow and change over time. Seeing the children mature and form their own identities and relationships was fascinating, as was seeing the parents grow into their new roles as parents and parents to their own children. It’s also ridiculously funny how absurd their daily lives are. We’d all like a father like Phil Dunphy, after all.
11. Schitt’s Creek – Netflix
The next stop is Schitt’s Creek, the Emmy Award-winning series. This well-known TV series tells the story of the Rose family, who lose everything due to a family friend and are now forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, the town they bought as a joke and never intended to call home.
After a few seasons, this show exploded in popularity, and for good reason. There is excellent character development throughout the show’s six seasons, and if you’re a Parks and Recreation fan, you’ll enjoy watching the friendships and character relationships that form. There are many good comedies out there, but this is one of the best. I don’t want to give anything away by giving away the ending.
12. 30 Rock – Peacock
As the final film on this list, I believe it is only fitting to revisit Tina Fey’s office comedy, written and directed by her. At the heart of 30 Rock is an ambitious executive producer trying to keep her star and executive producer from quarrelling over trivial matters.
If you like Tina Fey’s comedic style, you’ll love this. Parks and Recreation fans, you’ll love it even more. The level of lunacy is exactly what you’d expect from her. Even better, Leslie Knope herself, Amy Poehler, guest-starred on the show once. Check it out; it’s one of the best comedies about working in an office with a Hollywood flavor.