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5 Reasons Fans of 'The Office' and 'Parks & Recreation' Won't Want to Ghost on 'Ghosted'

We can't resist Craig Robinson and Adam Scott in this new supernatural comedy.


I'm embarrassed to admit I was an ultra late adopter of both The Office and Parks & Recreation. Naturally, upon discovery, I cannon-balled through the shows like there was no tomorrow — as it happened, those tomorrows were pretty meager; all-night binging is not conducive to a productive lifestyle, but I digress.

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, reaching the ends of both series pained my heart. Barring some half-assed made-for-TV movie or a casual Instagram "reunion," I knew I'd never see these groups of people all together again. The cast of each show had such sound chemistry, their timing was on point, and their relationships so addictive. I fell in love with every character, from The Office's insanely inappropriate yet endearing Michael Scott, to the bizarre, fearless, and fabulous April Ludgate-Dwyer on Parks and Rec. They were as crazy as fiction allows, but their capacity to be their truest selves transcended the small screen and emboldened me. Even the thought of losing characters like Angela and Councilman Jamm had me in the feels, and that's saying something. 

I still recall reaching the final season of The Office and furiously logging off Netflix, giving myself a few precious hours before finishing the show for good. Once it was done, it was done. I still play it at night when I go to bed or while doing daily chores, but it's not the same. I'll always love the friendships, but they don't progress. The characters still endear me, but I already know how their stories end. There's been a lot of research done on our brains "on fiction" and how we can connect to TV characters just like we connect to real acquaintances, but that's a discussion for another time.

I'd relegated myself (and by extension, my fiance) to a life of re-runs. You can imagine the hullabaloo in our household, then, when I discovered that an actor from each show was joining forces to bring a fresh series to life — a supernatural comedy, no less. To me, the unlikely, enchanting partnership of Craig Robinson (The Office's Darryl Philbin) and Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation's Ben Wyatt) was sure to mean a smash hit. I couldn't wait to find out more, and now that I have I'm confident fans of both shows will obsess.

Here are five reasons fans of The Office and Parks & Recreation won't want to ghost on FOX's Ghosted.

5 Reasons Fans of 'The Office' and 'Parks & Rec' Won't Want to Ghost on 'Ghosted'

1. Ghosted is the funny version of The X-Files.

Imagine The X-Files as a comedy, and you've got the basic recipe for Ghosted. The single-camera comedy follows Leroy Wright (Robinson) and Max Jennifer (Scott), two strangers recruited by a secret department of the government called The Bureau Underground, which is led by Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker). Together, they team up to investigate all the inexplicable ghosties, ghouls, and bizarre goings-on of Los Angeles. Viewers can choose to tune in on an episode-by-episode basis or follow the ongoing story, which centers around a larger underlying threat that puts the entire city at risk.

With Scott and Robinson also serving as executive producers, we can expect the same vein of humor found in Office and Parks, which is too. exciting. for. words.

5 Reasons Fans of 'The Office' and 'Parks & Rec' Won't Want to Ghost on 'Ghosted'

2. Craig Robinson and Adam Scott aren't the only familiar faces you'll see.

Sons of Anarchy's Ally Walker co-stars with the comedic legends. Fans will also recognize Adeel Akhtar of The Big Sick, Criminal Minds' Amber Stevens West, Workaholics actor Scott Connors, and Twin Peaks' Christian Calloway.

5 Reasons Fans of 'The Office' and 'Parks & Rec' Won't Want to Ghost on 'Ghosted'

3. The show's two main characters balance each other out, and it works.

Scott's Max Jennifer is an avid follower and "true believer" of the strange and unusual whereas Robinson's Leroy Wright is a spooky skeptic through and through. While Max may sometimes fly off the rails with wild theories and grand delusions, Leroy will keep him safely planted on solid ground. This is not the case in most supernatural series, and we look forward to a slightly more realistic juxtaposition of minds.

5 Reasons Fans of 'The Office' and 'Parks & Rec' Won't Want to Ghost on 'Ghosted'

4. The show's director and writers have great track records.

Director Jonathan Krisel was a writer on SNL for a year before spearheading Portlandia and Zach Galifianakis' Baskets. Kevin Etten, a writer on the show, was also responsible for ScrubsLate Show with David Letterman, Workaholics, and Desperate Housewives. Ghosted producer Naomi Scott also contributed to Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Needless to say, the Ghosted team has major experience creating proven and quality comedy.

5 Reasons Fans of 'The Office' and 'Parks & Rec' Won't Want to Ghost on 'Ghosted'

5. Tom Gormican, the show's creator, truly believes in the paranormal.

During the Ghosted panel at Comic-Con 2017, Gormican told Zimbio that he, too, was a true believer in the show's subject matter.

"I believe in ghosts, yeah," he shared, though he declined to share his particular experiences. "I've never had any really close encounters."

Sure, Tom. Suuure.

Ghosted is slated to premiere Sunday, Oct. 1 on FOX.

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