Of all the crazy theories to come out of the Netflix sensation Stranger Things, the hypothesis that the character Steve Harrington is actually the father of Parks and Recreation‘s Jean-Ralphio Saperstein seemed to be the most far-fetched.
I mean, Stranger Things is a spooky, cerebral science-fiction thriller produced by Netflix, whereas Parks and Rec was a silly sitcom on NBC. The two shows are worlds apart — basically, in Stranger Things speak, Parks and Rec would exist in our dimension, while Stranger Things would be in the Upside Down. It seems ridiculous to believe that the two could possibly be connected.
In case you missed it, the fan theory postures that Jean-Ralphio is the spawn of Steve because of Steve’s age around the time Jean-Ralphio would have been born, as well as the striking resemblance between the two.
In an appearance on The Late Late Show, Ben Schwartz, the actor who portrayed Jean-Ralphio, joked that Steve and Stranger Things‘ Nancy were, indeed, Jean-Ralphio’s parents, but it didn’t really seem like he was serious.
Also, the creator of Parks and Rec tweeted this:
So, really, it seemed like the theory was way off base and one big joke. Until now.
Schwartz once again gave credence to the theory that Jean-Ralphio, Steve and Nancy are swimming in the same gene pool with a series of Instagram posts that are seriously toying with our emotions.
Check it out.
Forget about Jean-Ralphio and Steve being related, we’re now completely convinced that Schwartz and Joe Keery (the actor who plays Steve) are brothers. They’re, like, identical.
Then, a few days after posting the tweet and the images all over his Instagram, we finally have it: solid proof that they are, in fact, related. Just watch:
While it’s pretty convincing, we have to admit we’re not going to be 100 percent confident this theory is true until we see Jean-Ralphio show up in Stranger Things Seasons 2 through 100.
How about you? Do you think there is a real link between Stranger Things and Parks and Rec?
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