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The Most Inappropriate Murals from Parks and Recreation


The return of NBC's Parks and Recreation for a third season on January 20 also brings back one of television's best running gags: the intricate murals displayed on the wall of the town hall commemorating the bloody, morally repugnant, and laugh-out-loud history of Pawnee, Indiana, the fictional town where Parks takes place.

Series writer Norm Hiscock and production designer Ian Phillips reveal the comedy mind-set behind the creation of the tastefully tasteless art. (Click Enlarge for a closer look)

Jan 13, 2011

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"Of all the murals, this was the one where the writers were not sure what we thought the joke was either. I still don't know what is going on. I think we thought that maybe the Indians took the baby and they're buying it back. We decided that leaving it ambiguous seemed funny." —Norm Hiscock

Photographs courtesy of NBC. Production Design: Ian Phillips.

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