In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Parks & Recreation series premiere on April 9, the cast and crew of the show talked to Bustle about one of the legacies of the show, “Galentine’s Day”. You can read the entire interview below!
Regardless of whether you like to spend Valentine’s Day on a romantic date or hanging at home solo, chances are that you spend the day before, Feb. 13, surrounded by friends. After all, while Galentine’s Day — the annual celebration of the bonds between women — isn’t an official U.S. holiday, it’s so ingrained in our culture that it might as well be. Every year around that time, businesses ranging from ASOS to Target feature Galentine’s Day sales, specials, and friendship-themed products, as countless women take to social media to profess their love for their BFFs. Yet while Galentine’s Day may be practically a part of the vernacular at this point, it’s easy to forget how it all began: not with some brand’s promotional campaign, but in a Season 2 Parks and Recreation episode all about — what else? — Leslie Knope’s love for her best female friends.
In the 2010 episode of the NBC sitcom, fittingly titled “Galentine’s Day,” Leslie (Amy Poehler) throws her annual party meant to honor the ladies in her life on the day before Valentine’s. It’s a sweet scene, but a seemingly throwaway one in a show full of similarly adorable moments — except that in the years since the episode, Galentine’s Day has taken on a life of its own. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Parks & Rec series premiere on April 9, the cast and crew of “Galentine’s Day” tell Bustle how the now-iconic episode came to be — including those Leslie Knope-designed mosaic portraits.
SO WHO CAME UP WITH “GALENTINE’S DAY,” ANYWAY?
According to the episode’s creators, no one actually knows who created the idea for the holiday in the first place. Regardless, everyone was on-board with a day celebrating female friendship.
Mike Schur (co-creator and writer): I don’t know who came up with the original idea, or who was the first person to say it out loud, so I just credit the entire writing staff.
Amy Poehler (“Leslie Knope”): I feel like it was not me — I feel like I read it in the script. I have no memory of it… but [credit] is really not the point of it… I remember it being an early storyline about all of us women hanging out together, which wasn’t always the case on the show. So I just have fond memories of us getting to spend so much time together, which is great.