Parks and Recreation reunion episode release date, cast: When is episode out? Who stars?

Parks and Recreation is finally having a highly anticipated reunion episode. However, things will be a little different, with the 30-minute episode shot on individual iPhones and not on the original parks and recreation set. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the reunion episode

When is the Parks and Recreation reunion episode out?

For one episode only, the Parks and Recreation cast and crew have reunited.

The 30-minute episode will premiere at 8.30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

You can watch the reunion episode as it airs on NBC or you can stream it live via the NBC App.

The entire reunion episode will be available to stream the following day on the NBC App, in case you missed it.

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Before the highly anticipated reunion, NBC will air a Parks and Recreation special.

The episode is titled The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation, which highlight the show’s most memorable moments and behind the scenes action.

The Paley Center Salutes will begin at 8pm EST.

The Reunion episode was made to help raise funds for the Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund and took three-weeks in total to put together.

Who stars in the Parks and Recreation reunion episode?

The majority of the show’s main cast is returning for the Parks and Recreation reunion.

This means Amy Poehler is back as the show’s main character, Leslie Knope.

Rashida Jones reprises her role as Ann Perkins, but in the reunion episode, she will be working in outpatient care and not in her regular nursing job.

Show creator Michael Schur spoke to Deadline Hollywood about the upcoming episode and the slight change made to Jones’ character.

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Schur said: “Her job isn’t the same job as the people who are in the middle of this nightmare.”

Aziz Ansari is back as Tom Haverford alongside Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson.

Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta will also appear in the reunion episode.

Morgan Sackett, the show’s original director is back and the show’s original writers helped put the script together.

The episode will follow Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) as she tries to stay connected to her friends during social distancing.

Schur confirmed the reunion episode takes place in the present day, despite the final ever episode ending in the year 2065.

Parks and Recreation fans will remember the finale ended with Jerry (played by Jim O’Heir) as mayor, Ben (Adam Scott) as a Congressman in Washington and Leslie working for the US Department of the Interior.

Speaking about the plot of the reunion episode, Schur said: “Leslie Knope believed the government could be a force of good.

“The show was forged in the economic recession of 2008, and at national, state and local levels we’re obviously in another one of those moments.

“Government is where we’re turning: people need food and mortgages paid and the government in these moments is where people turn to in times of need.”

He teased some of the show’s smaller characters will also appear, but did not reveal who.

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Will there be another series of Parks and Recreation?

Parks and Recreation ended in 2015, after five years on screen and seven seasons.

Schur confirmed the reunion was only a one-off episode. However, he did say “never say never” to a limited series down the line.

Schur said: “Never say never, but I felt like this was a moment in time and a cause we could rally behind. Parks and Rec had a specific subject to discuss and a specific point to make.

“When it ended Amy and I talked and we felt like we made our point.

“We made our argument and got it. I don’t see the point in revamping the show just to do it; it was a true joy to make the show when we did it.”

The Parks and Recreation Reunion airs 8.30pm EST on NBC.

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