Fall TV Mystery: Who Will Parks and Recreation Cast as Tammy No. 1?

When Parks and Recreation introduced us to Ron’s ex, Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally), we were scared. Or so we thought. Now that the NBC hitcom’s season finale has suggested that we’re about to meet her predecessor, Tammy 1, we know the true meaning of fear. What we don’t know is who’s gonna play the queen of mean. A few suggestions:

Glenn Close | We can already hear the Fatal Attraction psycho snarling, “I’m not gonna be ignored, Ron!” Hence, my shuddering on this sweaty May day. And wouldn’t you agree, if she’s ever gonna get to go further over the top than Cruella de Vil, this’ll be the role that lets her do it?

Jan Hooks | The former Designing woman’s 30 Rock guest gig as Jenna’s grizzly mama reminded us just how much we miss seeing her shtick on a regular basis. Besides that, wouldn’t her go-for-broke acting style fit right in among the crazies of Pawnee?

Charlotte Ross | Speaking of scene-stealers we miss… ! This born vixen got her big break playing a teenage hooker on Days of Our Lives. And though she’s most widely known for playing a do-gooder on NYPD Blue, she’s at her best when her characters are doing their worst (see also: Beggars and Choosers, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans).

Lucy Lawless | Thanks to Battlestar Galactica and Spartacus, everybody knows the erstwhile Xena is a force to be reckoned with. But did you know that she’s also funny as all get-out? No? Then you clearly haven’t seen her fooling around with Joel McHale on The Soup, which in my mind, qualifies as reason No. 21,104 why she’s needs to play Tammy 1.

Roseanne | Like Satan, she only needs a single name to strike terror into the hearts of us mere mortals. Unlike Satan, the She-Devil star’s not just intimidating, she’s hysterical, too.

Kim Cattrall | If anybody could treat PnR’s Ron like dirt and still keep him coming back for more, it’s Sex and the City’s libidinous Samantha Jones. Question is, since she’s already so closely associated with one bitchy vamp, would she see in Tammy 1 enough of a challenge to bother taking on another?

Wanda Sykes | Not only do we already know she can bust a guy’s chops with no more than a withering glare (courtesy of… um, pretty much every role she’s ever played), but the thought of how uproarious it would be to see how the censors would handle the legendary pottie mouth talking dirty to Ron makes her perhaps our favorite candidate.

Kirstie Alley | Long before she turned her struggles with weight into a multi-million dollar industry, Alley was an Emmy-winning actress who excelled at playing complicated women — and by “complicated” I mean bat-crap “crazy.”

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  1. Jeremy says:

    Who cares? It would be soooo funny if they cast Megan again.

    • Snsetblaze says:

      Yes it would. They could be twins and the parents name them the same (like George Foreman names all his kids George).

  2. Mike says:

    kirstie alley would be a terrible choice. It needs to be someone of smaller stature and generally a nice person to maximize comedic effect. Lisa Kudrow, Allison Janney or Catherine O’hara would be good if you want an actress who can play a believable crazy. Just please not Kirstie

  3. Ev says:

    Must be dark-haired. That’s all I care about.

  4. Brad says:

    I’m not sure if someone said this already but why not Megan Mullally again? She could play both parts wonderfully….But if not her I’d said either Jean Smart or Lisa Kudrow.

  5. TheDude says:

    It was Demi Moore

  6. Snsetblaze says:

    Anne Heche in her Celestia mode.

  7. p says:

    Lauren Graham!

  8. Richard says:

    Sarah Silverman
    Constance Zimmer
    Andrea Anders
    Portia de Rossi
    Lucy Liu
    Regina Hall
    Meredith Eaton (she played Bethany Horowitz on “Boston Legal”)

  9. Jared says:

    YES! Jennifer Coolidge would perfect!!!

  10. Daniel says:

    Portia de Rossi could definitely play crazy.

  11. qwin says:

    Joanna Lumley.

  12. Summer says:

    She’s not a brunette, but what about Jenna Elfman?

    I want to say Charisma Carpenter, but that’s only coz I love her, and I don’t know if she’d be able to do it. She is in the right age category though.

    Or, oh god, Shannen Doherty.

  13. Kal_Gr says:

    Would love to see Mullaly playing Tammy 1. If that’s not possible, then the next best thing is Julia Awesome Louis-Dreyfus! Would love to see an on-screen face off between those two!

  14. laylagalise says:

    Holy crap, someone besides me remembers Beggars and Choosers.

  15. Amy says:

    Allison Janney for sure. Cannot wait for Tammy 1!

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  17. xwiseguyx says:

    I’d also like to write in Jennifer Coolidge…she was so overlooked on Joey because it was such a bad show outside of her presence.

  18. Aeston says:


  19. Kurt says:

    Lucy Lawless is winning! Love that.

  20. Ed says:

    HOw about Megan Mullally? She’s already playing his wife, what if he had a “type”

  21. Will says:

    Debra Messing.

    • Beth says:

      julia louis-dreyfus is my first pick. She’s tiny and cute so it would be a total throw off when she turns on the evil.

  22. Kelly says:

    I’m not a fan of anyone on your list (no offense!) My vote is for Molly Shannon or Allison Janney.

  23. Anna says:

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Debra Messing.

  24. Josh says:

    What about Melora Hardin (Jan from the Office)?

  25. Christopher says:

    Ron Swanson only goes for dark haired women. And breakfast foods.

  26. Coke says:

    Tina Fey would be a good choice.

  27. mabeno says:

    Lisa Edelstein has done a decent amount of comedy and she’s now available. It might be a good career move, switching to comedy over drama.

  28. Ajie says:

    SNL alumna/cast member please! Like Cheri Oteri or Kristin Wiig or Victoria Jackson.

    Hahaha if it’s Victoria Jackson that would be an interesting argument between two high pitched women hahaha

  29. Natalie says:

    I’m voting for Lucy Lawless for sure. However, other names that have been thrown out there like Allison Janney and Kristin Wiig are great options too. I also really love the idea of Elizabeth Perkins. She was fantastically brilliant playing queen beyotch Celia on Weeds and was always quite hilarious!

  30. ash says:

    Lucy Lawless! With glasses and brown hair. Somebody make this happen!

  31. TVdiva4 says:

    How about MINNIE DRIVER for the Karen/Will & Grace tie-in…the hillarious rivalry will be back!

  32. Natalie says:

    Okay, couldn’t sleep tonight so I’m sitting up and flipping channels…just happened upon Chelsea Lately for the first time and IMMEDIATELY pictured Tammy 1. I know, I know, she’s blond BUT what if the reason Ron goes for brunettes is because of how horrible Tammy 1 was?! Honestly Chelsea Handler is downright hilarious in such a bitchy evil sort of way but somehow manages to still be charismatic. I mean I really really think she’s darn perfect for the role!

  33. Tami says:

    Lucy Lawless all the way. And she was VERY funny on Xena! That’s partly what made that show so great! There was comedy, musicals, drama,serious stuff..it wasn’t just all swords, and sexy outfits and the Xena warcry! That show had it all, and Lucy can do it all!!

  34. D says:

    I’m hoping its none of these clearly fan biased picks you are all spouting and they are able to hire someone original or even partially famous to really fill in the mystique of the character without sullying the role with all their past persona’s.

  35. Cindy says:

    Lucy Lawless ♥♥♥

  36. Greg says:

    wow Lawless won!!!

  37. Alex says:

    Lake Bell.

  38. John says:

    Michelle Forbes

  39. M. says:

    Megan Mullally!!!

    think it would be fun!