Parks and Recreation Hot Shots: It's Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Time in Pawnee - and Beyond!

Leslie and Ben are goin’ to the chapel and they’re gonna get married — but not before they hit the town for their bachelor/bachelorette parties!

Parks and Recreation‘s first new episode in 2013 (airing Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC) finds the Pawnee lovebirds celebrating their newly betrothed status, and we’ve got your first look at their big night out.

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Showrunner Mike Schur recently chatted with TVLine about the couple’s pre-wedding festivities, teasing with a laugh: “Neither [party] ends up going the way they intended.” Ann is throwing her bestie’s soiree “and really wants it to go well” — and, based on the shots below, it does. Chris, meanwhile, is in charge of Ben’s, which starts as “playing board games and drinking Miller Lite at a friend’s house,” but quickly involves Newt Gingrich and the Indianapolis Colts (?).

Click through the photos below, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. Babybop says:

    Looks like it’s going to be hilarious!

  2. Lena says:

    LOL at Ben’s expression in the last photo

  3. Michelle says:

    Yay! So excited for this episode. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’ve missed this show.

  4. Yvonne says:

    Jerry and Newt Gingrich could be twins. It’s making me laugh more than it should.

  5. Jeff B says:

    NBC must renew this great show for another season and/or give Ron Swanson his own show.

  6. Krystan says:

    Ron can’t do his own show. Don’t get me wrong, I love him and he is one of the best tv characters ever, but the reason this show works so well is the whole cast. They all compliment each other so well! The show really is a comedic masterpiece. It is my new go to show to watch reruns of whenever I need something on. I never get tired of it.

  7. Love Ben and Leslie!! This looks e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t!

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