The “Don’t be suspicious” TikTok audio is one of the app’s most popular sounds.
However, despite the fact that the sound has been used in more than 775,000 videos, many users are just learning where it came from. The sound’s origins, as it turns out, have a deep connection to the series finale of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
The beloved TV show ended in 2015, but its legacy has lived on through the “Don’t be suspicious” TikTok sound.
Where did the ‘Don’t be suspicious’ TikTok audio come from?
The Parks and Rec scene features two of the show’s most iconic characters Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa, portrayed by Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate, respectively. In the episode, Jean-Ralphio has faked his own death for an insurance payout and is now attending his own funeral to celebrate.
Considering the seemingly unnecessary risk of attending your own funeral, Jean-Ralphio and his sister, Mona Lisa, are celebrating the big payout, while reminding one another: “Don’t be suspicious.”
On TikTok, the “Don’t be suspicious” audio is used to, naturally, soundtrack suspicious behavior. Users have used the sound in videos of secret pranks, little-known life hacks and bizarre animal behavior.
As with many trends on TikTok, the original source seems to have gotten a little lost in the mix. That was certainly the case for a user named Ashley (@cigarettesashes), who posted a clip of her discovery.
“Literally WHAT I HAD NO IDEA AND I LOVE,” Ashley captioned her video.
In the clip, Ashley showed her reaction to the realization that the “Don’t be suspicious” TikTok audio does, in fact, come from Parks and Recreation.
“What? How did I miss this?” one user wrote.
However, others were shocked that so many TikTokers didn’t know about the Parks and Recreation scene.
“You really didn’t know? I guess I’ve watched that show too many times,” another commenter wrote.
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