By Christian Holub
January 22, 2015 at 07:11 PM EST
Ben Cohen/NBC

Parks and Recreation has entered its final season, leaving fans and critics wondering what it all means. Over at Time, James Poniewozik writes that the adventures of Pawnee’s civil servants are really about “about the importance of community, the idea that people need each other, that when you help someone, you’re also helping to make yourself better.”

The last remnant of NBC’s era of sitcom greatness is unquestionably a political show, but not in the same way as Aaron Sorkin’s idealistic The West Wing or the Machiavellian drama of House of Cards. Instead, Poniewozik writes, the sitcom provides a model “of how people of opposite politics can still work together and care about each other.”

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