If anyone was going to be the best at social distancing while also simultaneously keeping all their friends happy and connected, it would be Leslie Knope.
While we all bid a fond farewell to Leslie and the Parks & Recreation crew in February 2015, the gang is getting back together for one more show. Even better, it’s one more show set in our current timeline. Yes, the one where we’re all staying at home to stay safe from COVID-19.
A brand new episode of Parks & Recreation will air in the United States this Friday to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
The show will include the whole original cast, which includes Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. It will follow the Parks & Rec’s cast’s attempts to stay connected while also staying apart, attempts that are of course spearheaded by everyone’s favourite government employee, Leslie Knope.
All of the footage for the episode was shot in the actor’s respective homes.
But watching it will be a little tough for Australian fans of the gang. Despite Amazon Prime Video, Foxtel and Stan all hosting the series' original seven seasons, there was no word yet on whether the special would come to the streaming sites locally. That means you'll have to resort to more creative methods — like a VPN — if you want to get a glimpse of the reunion.
For those in the US, the majority of streaming services offer access to NBC where the show will air. With all of them, you can get a free trial for a week and catch the show for free but without a US credit card, it might prove tough. Here’s a rundown of where viewers in the US could tune into and what it’ll all cost if they forget to cancel that free trial.
Hulu with Live TV $US54.99 ($86) per month
YouTubeTV $US49.99 ($78) per month
AT&T TV Now $US50 ($78) per month
FuboTV $US55 ($86) for the first month
Sling TV - $US20 ($31) for the first month
It’s also worth noting that NBC isn’t going to be available on every service in every single market. While you’ll be able to watch it on most services in most places, make sure it’s available where you are on the service you’ve chosen before you sign up. You don’t want to be a Jerry and accidentally sign up for the service that won’t have it available.
Additional reporting by Lifehacker Australia.