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Parks and Recreation: Meet Ben's Parents!

And you thought Ron Swanson was gruff…

Jonathan Banks, who played curmudgeonly meth leg man Mike on AMC’s Breaking Bad, will guest-star on Parks and Recreation’s Season 5 as the father of Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott), HitFix reports.

Parks co-creator Michael Schur tells the site that Banks’ Parks and Rec character, like his Albuquerque alter ego, is less-than-cuddly. And that may be because the sitcom’s writers, according to Schur, are huge fans of the actor’s Bad work.

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If Ben’s dad is anything like Mike, he won’t have much use for his son’s significant other – admit it, Leslie and Breaking Bad’s Lydia have a lot in common. But on the other hand, if Ms. Knope’s new nemesis turns into a real nuisance, it might be nice to have someone Ehrmantraut-esque around, no?

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Someone who will hit it off with Leslie is Ben’s mom Julia, played by Glenne Headly (ER, Grey’s Anatomy), TVGuide.com reports. But she won’t be too excited to run into Banks’ Steve, who arrives with a younger woman in tow.

Banks – whose other TV credits include CSI: Miami, Modern Family and Castle – and Headly are tentatively scheduled to show up in the sixth episode of the NBC comedy’s upcoming season, which premieres Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30/8:30c.

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  1. Sam says:


  2. Chrissy says:

    It’s Michael Schur. Also, I cannot wait 8 more days!

  3. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Anywhere I get to see no-nonsense Mike on TV is cool with me.

  4. Superhero says:

    Giancarlo Esposito on Community, Bryan Cranston on 30 Rock, and now Jonathan Banks on Parks and Recreation. Any guesses as to which NBC comedy Aaron Paul will guest star in?

  5. Eliza says:

    So in love with this casting. I heart P&R and Jonathan Banks.

  6. Laura says:

    Loving the choices of Jonathan Banks and Glenn Headley! I love this show to pieces.

  7. ben says:

    Oh, Glenne Headley is great! Really love it whenever she turns up in something, which is far too rarely.