Despite constant threats of cancellation throughout its run and airing on a network that no longer has a substantial comedy lineup, Parks and Recreation is able to do something that is unheard of for beloved comedies these days: end on its own terms.

The seventh and final season is breaking ground in other ways, too. It’s set in the not-too-distant future, 2017, and will surely be looked at by conspiracy theorists as predicting a Cubs world series win and a national breech of personal data—this season is dedicated to taking out a tech company that has access to the cell phone information and internet searches of everyone in Pawnee, Ind. But even with an increasing presence of technology, the show never loses its heart.

When we catch up with the gang in 2017, a lot has changed. Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt (Amy Poehler and Adam Scott) have triplets, Andy Dwyer is now a children’s television superstar (much like Chris Pratt is now a Hollywood superstar), and most surprisingly of all, Leslie and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) are arch enemies. This is a bold move for a show whose past six seasons are defined by the relationship between Ron and Leslie, but, hey, it’s the last season ever. It’s time to be bold!

And while it’s a little off-putting at first, the risk pays off. Leslie and Ron are forced to reconcile in episode four, which traps the two in the old parks office until they are friends again. Whether they’re fighting each other or working together, Poehler and Offerman are at their best when they are just that. Together. The episode’s ending that features Leslie and Ron hysterically singing “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in Craig’s (Bill Eichner, quite possibly the best addition this show has ever seen) yoga pants after pulling an all-nighter and setting off the building’s sprinkler system.

Some of the best moments have happened outside of the show’s little Hamlet, traveling in a recent episode to Beverly Hills for a “treat yo self” of epic proportions that involved fingernail lasik and elbow bedazzling. And let’s not forget the Chicago episode that caused a frenzy of excitement when Aziz Ansari and Pratt came to town over the summer—it ended up being a drunken $800 cab ride from Pawnee to Chicago to visit Tom Haverford’s ex. It was exciting to see these beloved characters walking the very streets we walk, though anyone who can make it from Wrigley Field to the Bean in the course of one conversation as these guys did deserves a medal.

In the last two episodes, it’s been business as usual in Pawnee—albeit with more drones and a smartphone that turns into a skateboard—and that’s a good thing. The whole gang is banding together over one common cause that harkens back to the series’s first season: building a park. I mean, “park” is right there in the show’s title, we were bound to get back to one eventually. I can already feel myself welling up at the thought of that final parallel episode looking back at all this rag-tag team has accomplished in seven (or ten in the show’s timeline) years.

Parks and Recreation, Tuesdays at 7 PM on NBC