Leslie Knope and Lynda Day

Press and Recreation

This is a television show about a competitive and driven lady who loves her job. She has a very patient best friend and a skinny plaid-loving boyfriend. She loves her coworkers: an entrepreneur, a diva, a doof, and a scapegoat. They’re managed by a dude with a mustache who’d rather be anywhere else.

Press Gang and Parks and Recreation: basically the same show.

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For quite some time, I’ve thought that Leslie Knope and Lynda Day were quite similar people, and it seems that I’m not the only one. When I first saw this tumblr post, my first thought was, why didn’t I come up with that?!

Press Gang and Parks and Recreation are two of my favourite television shows of all time.  This is not only because both contain brilliant writing and performances, but also because of my tendency to relate to the main character.  Although I may not have realised it at the time [because I was ridiculously young when I first watched Press Gang], Lynda Day was a very influential figure throughout my childhood.  Re-watching Press Gang as an adult lead me to discover where my love of writing had come from.  It also helped explain my love of strong female characters in television.

Lynda Day may well be a “warped repressed power-mad bitch” [Spike Thomson, 4×01 ‘Bad News’], but she’s feisty and intelligent.  To her, the Junior Gazette is more than just a job.  It’s her life.  Leslie Knope is exactly the kind of woman that Lynda Day might have grown into, if only she were a little nicer [and passionate about local government, rather than newspapers].

PS. I’m still processing the latest news about Parks and Rec, but my general thoughts are that it is all for the best.

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