NBC has finally given Parks and Recreation a beginning to its end.
The 13-episode seventh and concluding season of the small-town government comedy starring Amy Poehler will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m., a date that comes two days after Poehler and Tina Fey host The Golden Globes for the third (and final) time. The network will air back-to-back episodes of Parks each week in its new Tuesday home, leading to the series finale on Feb. 24 following The Voice, so get your goodbyes in while you can.
“Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast, and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement on Monday. “In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to ‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level. The highly-anticipated one-hour finale will air behind The Voice in order to lead the largest audience possible into what promises to be a very special hour of television.”
Season 6 ended with the action jumping to the year 2017—and with Leslie (Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) as the parents of triplets. “I think everyone feels like, ‘We don’t want to overstay our welcome. We want to go out on a high note,’” executive producer Michael Schur told EW in May. “We did this big creative leap at the end of last year and now we get to pursue that in a fun way for half the year and then we’ll wave goodbye and exit stage left.”