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What Parks and Recreation got right about a government shutdown

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When NBC’s Parks and Recreation debuted its season two finale in 2010, critics called it “smart, funny, crisply written, and poignant.” But the episode, which was about a government shutdown, was also prophetic.

In light of the ongoing government shutdown, now the longest in US history, we revisited the old episode to determine its accuracy.

As it turns out, there are quite a few similarities between the storyline and the current plight of federal park employees.

Read more: 9 amazing stories from the set of ‘Parks and Recreation’

Like many park rangers, members of the Pawnee parks department worry about finding a second job or tackling sewage issues. Others speculate that the shutdown could last for months.

Take a look at the show’s uncanny prophecies.

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