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Ron Swanson Week, Part 1: Why the 'Parks and Recreation' Boss Is an American Icon (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:30AM
It's time we all came to terms with a basic truth: It's Ron Swanson's world, and we're just living in it.

'Parks and Recreation' returns 9:30 ET Thursday as part of NBC's new three-hour comedy block, and I'll post a review of the show's terrific third season that day. Suffice to say that 'Parks and Rec' comes back better than ever.

But a mere review can't begin to address the burning questions that many 'Parks and Rec' fans no doubt have. How has Pawnee parks bureaucrat Ron Swanson captured our hearts and minds? What are the secrets of the mustache worn by actor Nick Offerman, who plays Swanson with such wonderful understatement? What's a dream date with Ron Swanson like?

On a recent visit to the 'Parks and Recreation' set, I was able to enter Ron's office and pose all those questions to Offerman, and I also talked to executive producer and co-creator Michael Schur about the appeal of Pawnee's resident 'stache-master.

The result: Every day this week, we'll celebrate a different aspect of Ron with a new video clip. Enjoy today's installment of Swanson goodness, check back here daily for more, and read on past the clip for a bit of news about the Tammy trouble Ron will encounter in season 3.


As fans of the show know, there have been a lot of Tammys in Ron's life. His first wife, his second wife and his mother were all named Tammy. Ron Swanson is a strong, stoic, manly man, but every hero has a flaw, and Tammys are Ron's Kryptonite.

Schur said that we won't meet Ron's first wife or mother this season, and he added that the writers often talk about who to cast for Ron's first wife. The weirdest pitch involved a mustache-less Offerman wearing a dress, but don't be alarmed, Schur said the show was not going to go that route.

The good news is, Megan Mullally, Offerman's wife, will be back to play Ron's scary second ex-wife. That episode, 'Ron and Tammy 2,' airs Feb. 10.

Here's some good news for Tammy fans: Schur said Mullally would actually appear twice in the third season of the NBC comedy.

I'll have much more from Offerman and Schur in coming days. Come back soon, Pawnee appreciators.

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funny but there is alot information in that video

January 19 2011 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Martin

Oh wow, that makes a lot of sense dude.


January 19 2011 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carl Brand

I am so glad I gave this show a second chance. After mainlining Season 2 on Netflix Streaming I cannot wait for season 3. Just like the TV dinner, Swanson always serves up something worth chewing on.

January 17 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, that dimple. The impish grin. The 'stache!!! Ron Swanson is just the BEST.

January 17 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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