Parks & Recreation was filled by some of the greatest characters on TV. It started off with a great ensemble cast that the show didn't really seem to know what to do with in seasons one. Ben Wyatt and Chris Traeger showed up at the end of season two. Then, the show kicked into high gear.
While every character grew throughout the series, and had more than a few memorable moments, it was Ron Swanson who jumped off the screen and into the cultural lexicon.
As the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Indiana, Ron was a bit of a conundrum. He was responsible for keeping the department running but desperately wanted to see the entire government demolished. Ron loved cigars, scotch, women with dark hair, breakfast food and the outdoors.
The man lived by a strict code that he rarely, if ever, violated. It infuriated his friends, enemies and workplace proximity associates.
Ron was extremely particular about the type of people he was willing to spend time with. As such, the list of people he disliked was long and often got punched in the face, like Councilman Jeremy Jamm.
But there are a select group of characters on other series Ron would enjoy spending his time with.
Ian Goodwillie is a freelance writer based out of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Writing Program at Vancouver Film School. More importantly, Ian is also a wrestling fan, comic book reader, video game player and photographer. He loves to write and writes about what he loves. Ian's also an unrepentant, unapologetic Cougar Town fan, a show he will defend until the day he dies.