12 Rare Instances from "Parks and Recreation" In Which Ron Swanson Displays Unbridled Joy
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15 Rare Instances from "Parks and Recreation" In Which Ron Swanson Displays Unbridled Joy

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | September 20, 2012 | Comments ()


Parks and Recreation” returns tonight, when we’ll see Ben head to Washington D.C. for a national political campaign expected to dominate much of the early part of the season. But besides the cuddly relationships between Ben and Leslie and Andy and April, the happiest moments on “Parks and Recreation” are usually those tiny, but occasional, glimmers of unbridled joy we get from the show’s resident grump, Ron Swanson. It’s almost like making a Weeping Angel smile, and it never fails to elicit the our own glee.

Here’s a look at some of the best Ron Swanson moments of facial ecstasy.














(H/T BendintheWind & Admin)

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  • Erin S

    His Grinch smile when the government shuts down is one of the moments that hooked me on this show. So much evil glee.

  • Steph

    Andy wait up!

  • Wormer

    I don't think the shot of him with Tammy 2 should count. He was being emotionally manipulated and incredibly drunk when he was showing emotion. It's almost akin to showing mustache-less Ron Swanson smiling when Tammy 1 comes back into the picture.
    Just sayin

  • Ouchies.

  • Javier

    you're missing one of the best and the most subtle.
    the one in the bowling episode

    this picture says it all.


  • dizzylucy

    In a few of those he's dressed like Tiger Woods. You know what THAT means.

    Nothing tops drunk dancing Ron. The "Well done, Leslie!" and clapping his hands over his head when she brings in Lil' Sebastian (may he rest in peace) I think is my 2nd favorite.

    This whole post made me ridiculously happy.

  • Right when Lil' Sebastian comes in you can hear this super-high pitched laughter coming from the group...and it's RON. And it is GLORIOUS.

  • Michelle

    I love everything about this post.

  • Kip Hackman

    This post just gave me a semi.

  • sal paradise


  • Snath

    The riddles is my favorite Ron moment. He's just so...happy.

  • shane

    He was pretty happy when he got that typewriter

  • dizzylucy

    I'm going to type every word I know. Rectangle...America...Megaphone...Monday...

  • Lbeees


  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    How could you possibly have left out drunken Ron dancing?

  • BendinIntheWind

    Or the riddles?!


    (can't figure out the embed...)

  • Groundloop

    I was waiting for riddles! That might be my favourite because it comes out of nowhere.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Or waving at Lil' Sebastian??

    <img src="http://lilsebastian.com/wp-con...">

  • danielwcarlson

    Ron Swanson making breakfast at the strip club is one of my favorite moments in TV history.

  • Tina

    The episode also features my favorite Ron Swanson quote: “I don’t like strip clubs. It smells like a wet mop
    in here and I get the feeling that every one of these women is running a
    low-grade fever.”

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