Move over, Sue Sylvester. I am a relatively new viewer of Parks and Rec, but you don’t need to be a veteran viewer to recognize that the character of Ron Swanson, played by actor Nick Offerman, is comedy personified. His IDGAF attitude is just full of win. I think we can all agree that Sue was not at her comedic best this past season, unlike with Ron who just seems to get better and better. Whether it’s his undying love for bacon-wrapped turkey legs; his inability to escape the clutches of ex-wife número dos, Tammy; or his overt passiveness for the albeit fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana, RS knows how to deliver a laugh.
I embarked on a great rerun marathon of Parks and Rec this weekend and obviously, I had to put a list together of Ron Swanson’s best moments. Obviously, there are more, but YouTube was only moderately helpful with providing supplemental video. So, basically these are my fave moments that were available on YouTube… Enjoy.
Ron Goes to the Health Food Store
“No, I don’t plan to buy anything here. I buy my burger ingredients at Food ‘n Stuff, a discount food outlet equidistant from my home and my work. I came here for the same reason people go to the zoo. Shhhh, look at that guy. Nature is amazing.”
“Of course I’m Ready, I’m Ron F—ing Swanson”
“I have a hernia. I’ve had it for a while, and I’ve been ignoring it successfully. But this morning I made the mistake of sneezing. But as long as I sit still and don’t move my head or torso, I’m good. I got this.”
Ron Swanson is Woman of the Year
“Which of these objects most represents women for this portrait? A pot? Or this deputy director Barbie? Isn’t it adorable? She’s got a little briefcase, her cell phone.”
Ron Goes Camping
“Fishing relaxes me. It’s like yoga except I still get to kill something.”
Ron Swanson’s Secret to Success
“I have been developing the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness for years. It’s a perfectly calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement. Categories include: Capitalism, God’s way of determining who is smart, and who is poor. Crying, acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon. Rage. Poise. Property rights. Fish, for sport only, not for meat. Fish meat is practically a vegetable.”