01/10/2014 04:35 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

How To Convince Your Friends To Watch 'Parks & Recreation'


"Parks & Recreation" just celebrated 100 episodes. It's an impressive achievement for any television show, but even more so for the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom. Despite a passionate fanbase, the good folks in Pawnee seem to always be on the bubble for renewal. What "Parks & Recreation" really needs is more viewers.

As die-hard fans of the show, it's hard to fathom that everyone isn't laughing along with Amy Poehler and her cohorts. But that's where we can come in. As thanks for giving us 100 great episodes, we can do our part to give back by giving "Parks & Recreation" more viewers. It's all about spreading the word and convincing our friends and co-workers to give the show a try.

With its varied cast, "Parks & Recreation" seems to represent virtually every personality type out there. In other words, there's at least one character on the show who's probably a lot like your various friends. Just make the right connections with people and we can double this show's audience in no time. Simply find your friend's personality type in the list below and appeal to them based on the character they'll most relate to ... and ultimately fall in love with.

Is your friend a Type A personality, driven to succeed?
So is Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). There is no one more passionate about her hometown than Leslie. Even when the people are voting to recall her, Leslie continues to fight for them. She fills her office with pictures of female political powerhouses, and she never gives up on her goals.

Is your friend a man's man, or attracted to intense masculinity?
So is Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). In fact, Ron Swanson is one of the manliest men ever to appear on television. He eats almost exclusively meat, doesn't trust the government and creates hand-crafted wood furniture.

Is you friend compassionate and loyal; always there with a helping hand?
So is Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones). Through thick and thin, Ann has been the best of friends to Leslie, who isn't always the easiest person to get along with. Ann has been known to put everything aside at the drop of a dime to be there for her friends, whether it be with some tough love, or just to help elevate an important life moment to the stature it deserves.

Is your friend brilliant but socially awkward?
So is Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott). A child mayor, Ben has spent his entire life trying to make up for the failures of his ambitious youth. He's brilliant and compassionate, but sometimes he struggles in social situations, letting his inner geek get the best of him and weirding everyone out a bit.

Is your friend snarky, brooding and sarcastic?
So is April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza). April has grown a lot over the years, finding things she actually cares about with her relationships. But she resists it with every fiber of her being. April loves her dark side, is quick with a cutting comment and remains determined to look like she doesn't care about anything.

Is your friend someone who believes in a healthy body and mind?
So is Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe). There is almost nothing in this world than can shake the smile off of Chris' face. He always has something positive and supportive to say. Chris treats his body like a temple and believes he can accomplish anything. Of course, he also believes everyone around him can accomplish anything, too. It's literally all about a positive attitude.

Is your friend a free-spirit, joyful and happy with his/her head often in the clouds?
So is Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt). Easily one of the sweetest people on the show, Andy isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. But he's eager to please, and up for absolutely anything. In fact, his eternal optimism and joy in life was the only thing able to crack April's dark shell, leading to an unlikely-and-yet-perfect marriage.

Does your friend ooze with self-confidence, style, and an entrepreneurial spirit?
So does Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari). While it took him a while, Tom finally came into his own as a business visionary with Rent-A-Swag. Obsessed with style, Tom thinks he's much cooler than he is. While his reach usually exceeds his grasp, he'll never stop believing it's finally going to happen.

Is your friend fabulous and confident, if a little private?
So is Donna Meagle (Retta). We know that Donna believes in "treating yo' self" to the finer things in life, and we know that she is a strong and confident woman, but she keeps most details of her personal life close to the vest. A woman of mystery, she has nevertheless proven to be a great ally and friend.

Is your friend clumsy and forgetful; prone to getting teased?
So is Jerry Gergich (Jim O'Heir). And yet, Jerry never lets all the teasing and put-downs get him down. He has a beautiful wife and family at home and he's learned not to rock the boat in life. In fact, his name isn't even Jerry. It's Gary. He just didn't want to correct everyone ... and now they call him Larry!



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