‘Parks and Recreation’ finale satisfies

With “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Community” moving to Yahoo’s digital format, NBC has been running low on comedies, a genre that used to be their strong suit. Now, the network says goodbye to another hit show.

“Parks and Recreation” came to a close this week after seven mostly successful seasons. While it had a slow start, it quickly came into its own and developed a following that saved the show from its lackluster ratings in the early seasons.

The series has followed Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her co-workers through their years at the Parks Department in the fictional little town of Pawnee, Ind.

Throughout the highs and lows, the show only got funnier with each passing season. The characters were so lovable that you had no choice but to submit to their antics.

Fans who have stuck with this show since day one, as well as those who gave in to its charm later on, have been anticipating this series finale since last year when NBC announced this season would be the show’s final one.

There were so many questions to be answered, and while some plot points have been left to the imagination, the writers did a fabulous job wrapping it all up.

Sitcom favorites like “The Office” and “How I Met Your Mother” have used the time jump in their final seasons as a method of storytelling so that viewers can see where their favorite characters have ended up.

“Parks” does the same, and everyone seems to be well off in their own way. Andy and April have a son, but they still continue their childish lifestyle habits.

Tom has become a best-selling author by writing a memoir based off of all his failures, and even Jerry finds himself with a lot to be thankful for as the new mayor of Pawnee (for many, many years).

But the thing on everyone’s mind was the fate of Leslie and Ben (Adam Scott) and their track to political careers.

Several fast-forward moments give us little teases as to where their professional lives end up, the best of which was a shot of the couple standing in front of a group of secret service men, implying that Leslie may have become president of the United States.

What is clear, though, is that Leslie becomes governor of Indiana, as we see her give a commencement address with all her friends proudly watching from the audience.

Closing out a series is a tough task. As a writer, you need to give fans closure since this will most likely be the last time these characters are all seen together. It also needs to be kept fresh and funny so that the show doesn’t go out on a stale note.

To my surprise, “Parks and Recreation” went out in a satisfying manner. It didn’t tug on the heartstrings in the same way “The Office” did, but as a fan, I am more than fine leaving these characters after the bittersweet end.

It’s always sad to say goodbye to a show you love. Whether it’s a comedy or a drama, there’s something about spending so much intimate time with a group of characters that makes you feel as though you are losing a friend when it’s all over.

Luckily, “Parks and Recreation” will always be there to revisit and make us laugh as much as need.