The main character of your show needing to have triplets to make any kind of emotional impact is what happens when every character in your show progresses through the “major life event==character progression” obstacle course. It would be harder to care about Leslie’s pregnancy if it was just one baby - we’ve already seen this show’s version of the baby storyline. Twice, even. It’s old hat.
Parks and Recreation, because of its precarious place in NBC’s affections, has needed to end every season (and truncated mini-season) with a conclusion that would be satisfying if the show didn’t return. That’s why we’ve seen every character pair off into perfect relationships, it’s why we’ve seen multiple improbable, unbelievable successes, and it’s why we’ve seen job offer after job offer after job offer.
This used to be my favorite show, and now it’s a study of the Hedonic Treadmill."
My comment in this Metafilter thread on the implicit misogyny in Parks and Recreation's most recent baby storyline is an expansion of a couple of tweets I posted the other day and deleted today because they sounded too bitter.
They sounded that way because I am bitter, obviously.