The best way to deal with 1-dimensional characters

Parks and Recreation is a great show. If you haven’t already seen it then you definitely need to check it out. It’s a bit like The Office but much less awkward and more funny.

It’s got amazing characters on it like Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson and Tom Haverford.

Leslie is the ambitious type…

Leslie knope  …Ron loves his food…

Ron Swanson

…and Tom is, well, Tom.

Tom haverford

They’re great characters who provide a lot of laughs.

But, amongst the cast were a couple of parts which didn’t seem to have much point. As much as the other people didn’t have multi-dimensional parts, these two only really had one joke.

If you’ve watched the TV show then you might have a good idea of who the two culprits are: Andy and April.

Andy is an idiot…

Andy parks and rec

…and April is gloomy, sarcastic and generally hates life.

April ludgate

So what do you do with these two once your show takes off and multiple seasons have been commissioned and, unfortunately, you only created them with 1-dimension?

Bring them together.

And that’s what they did. The April and Andy love story is filled with peculiarities and interesting bits. It goes through a lot of ups and downs but they still stay together (I’m up to series 3 so don’t tell me if anything bad happens to them later on!)


I’m so glad they went down this route. There are a lot of laughs with them and it’s nice to see April smile and Andy have a semi-serious side. It shows they are capable of playing slightly different characters which is nice.

But what I particularly love about their relationship is the ability to make this analogy, because it is so perfect…

Andy and april

Good job Tumblr. You really hit the nail on the head with this one.