‘Parks and Recreation’ Had a Different Title Once Upon a Time

Throughout seven seasons, fans fall in love with the cast of Parks and Recreation. The comedy, which was initially conceived as a potential spin-off of The Office, brought a whole new spin to the concept of mundane office comedies. The series, which first premiered in 2009, almost had an entirely different name, and the reason for the quick change in the title might surprise you. 

Parks and Recreation started its life as “The Untitled Amy Poehler Sitcom”

The story of Parks and Recreation’s inception is pretty interesting. According to Mental Floss, Ben Silverman and Greg Daniels worked together to craft a spin-off for The Office. A copy machine was initially intended to be the spin-off character. It didn’t work out in the end, and Daniels, along with writer, Michale Schur, decided to craft their own original sitcom. 

They did take some cues from The Office, though. The team decided to use the series’ wildly popular mockumentary format. Those decisions, reportedly, were simple to make, but a name was hard to come by. In fact, Parks and Recreation was known as the “Untitled Amy Poehler Sitcom” for a lot longer than you’d think. It didn’t automatically switch from its working title to Parks and Recreation, either. 

Parks and Recreation was originally going to be titled Public Service 

When it became apparent that the series couldn’t premier as The Untitled Amy Poehler Sitcom, as amusing as that would have been, the masterminds behind the show considered calling the series Public Service. The title would have made perfect sense. After all, the series was based on the inner workings of a public service department. There was one problem, though. The production team was concern that the title could alienate those who actually work in public service. 

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According to the New York Times, Silverman was concerned that the series, which was a comedy, would appear as though it was poking fun at the men and women working in public service with the title. To put a little distance between those who work in public service and the series, they swapped the title. The simple, but descriptive Parks and Recreation title was born, and in the end, it really was the perfect fit for the show. 

Where can I watch Parks and Recreation 

The beloved series final episode aired in February 2015. Even five years later, it remains a cult classic and is wildly popular for streaming. In fact, NBC made it a point to pull the series onto their own streaming platform, Peacock. It will live right alongside the series that served as its inspiration, The Office, once the service launches

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope | Colleen Hayes/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Peacock will launch in July 2020. Until then, the series is available on Hulu for streaming. It is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. According to Deadline, the series is expected to remain on its existing platforms until October 2020, but a set date has not yet been announced.