One of the most beloved sitcoms of the past decade is NBC’s Parks and Recreation. The series is a simple workplace comedy about the people who are employed at a local government office in a small Indiana town, but it really resonated with audiences. One concept many got on board with was the idea of Galentine’s Day, a holiday created by the show. Though it’s been off the air for years, a few of the cast members had a reunion to celebrate the day. Here’s a look at those women and what they’re doing now in their careers.
‘Parks and Recreation’ is responsible for Galentine’s Day
Parks and Rec is a landmark show for a number of reasons. But one of its greatest accomplishments is the creation of Galentine’s Day. Season 2 Episode 16 introduces the concept. Every year on Feb. 13, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) gets together with a group of female friends to celebrate their love for one another.
Galentine’s Day is truly a part of the essence of what makes the show so wholesome. And it’s a tradition that continues throughout the series’ seven-season run. Some of the women change, but the concept remains the same: Women who want to lift one another up and support each other, no matter what.
These stars reunited to celebrate
Now, many people celebrate Galentine’s Day on their own. And it seems as though this includes some of the former stars of Parks and Rec. On Feb. 13, 2020, Aubrey Plaza (who played April Ludgate) shared a photo with three other women, which she captioned “happy galentines day.”
In the photo are two of the three other female leads: Poehler and Rashida Jones (who portrayed Anne Perkins). Joining them (all the way on the left) is Kathryn Hahn, who recurred from Season 4 through Season 7. From the main cast, the only woman missing is Donna Meagle (played by Retta).
Here’s what they’re all doing now
After the show ended, all of the actors went their separate ways. Poehler has taken to working behind the scenes more, executive producing the popular Netflix series Russian Doll as well as the film Wine Country, the latter of which marked her directorial debut. She currently hosts a reality competition show, Making It, with Parks alum Nick Offerman.
Jones has also done some off-camera film work, at the helm of such documentaries as Hot Girls Wanted and Quincy. She also wrote an episode of Black Mirror, and produces the dramedy Claws. Jones produced and starred in her own comedy, Angie Tribeca, and will join Poehler in a voice role for the upcoming series Duncanville.
Like her former co-stars, Plaza has been busy. She’s starred in films such as The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West, both of which she also produced. Other films she’s acted in include Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Child’s Play. Plaza also had a main role in the Marvel series Legion.