Parks and Recreation

The BEST episodes of Parks and Recreation

Every episode of Parks and Recreation ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Parks and Recreation!

The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.

Last Updated: 6/17/2022Network: NBC
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One Last Ride (2)
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9.06
1167 votes

#1 - One Last Ride (2)

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/24/2015

The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee.

Directors: Michael Schur
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
One Last Ride (1)
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8.72
1732 votes

#2 - One Last Ride (1)

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/24/2015

The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee.

Directors: Michael Schur
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Moving Up (2)
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8.71
1081 votes

#3 - Moving Up (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/24/2014

Leslie, Ben, and Andy head to San Francisco for a National Parks Conference. Tom opens his restaurant, Ron has another run-in with his ex-wife Tammy 2, Andy lives a rock and roll fantasy, and Leslie makes a huge decision about her future.

Directors: Michael Schur
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Leslie and Ron
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8.59
1454 votes

#4 - Leslie and Ron

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/20/2015

Leslie and Ron attempt to work out their differences.

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Moving Up (1)
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8.44
1994 votes

#5 - Moving Up (1)

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/24/2014

Leslie, Ben, and Andy head to San Francisco for a National Parks Conference. Tom opens his restaurant, Ron has another run-in with his ex-wife Tammy 2, Andy lives a rock and roll fantasy, and Leslie makes a huge decision about her future.

Directors: Michael Schur
Watch Now:Amazon
Leslie and Ben
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8.43
2393 votes

#6 - Leslie and Ben

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/21/2013

Leslie and Ben are getting married, and have to cram months of planning into two hours. Ron's temper gets him in trouble.

Directors: Craig Zisk
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Win, Lose, or Draw
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8.33
2549 votes

#7 - Win, Lose, or Draw

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/10/2012

It's election day in Pawnee, and Leslie and Bobby Newport are separated by a razor-thin margin. While everyone waits with Leslie for the race to be called, they ponder their futures, and their new opportunities.

Directors: Michael Schur
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Bowling for Votes
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8.26
2589 votes

#8 - Bowling for Votes

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/26/2012

Leslie and Ben host a bowling night after receiving feedback about Leslie's campaign. April, Chris, and Jerry hold a competition to see who can raise the most funds.

Directors: Michael Trim
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The Debate
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8.22
2489 votes

#9 - The Debate

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/26/2012

Leslie goes toe-to-toe with Bobby Newport in a debate. Ann, Tom, and Chris work in the media spin room, while Ron goes the extra mile to save a party for Leslie's donors.

Directors: Amy Poehler
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Ron and Diane
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8.22
2538 votes

#10 - Ron and Diane

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/6/2012

Ron's nomination for a woodworking award is threatened by the arrival of Tammy II. Jerry hosts a holiday party and some of his friends are shocked to find they were not invited.

Directors: Dan Goor
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Citizen Knope
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8.19
2775 votes

#11 - Citizen Knope

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/8/2011

Unable to get work done from inside the Parks Department, Leslie forms a citizen action group and fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office brainstorms ideas for what to get Leslie for Christmas.

Directors: Randall Einhorn
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Li'l Sebastian
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8.17
2829 votes

#12 - Li'l Sebastian

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/19/2011

Leslie and the parks team put together a memorial service for a dearly departed friend. Meanwhile, Tom makes a big life decision, while Chris reacts badly to a health problem.

Directors: Dean Holland
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The Trial of Leslie Knope
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8.17
2659 votes

#13 - The Trial of Leslie Knope

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/1/2011

Leslie has to face an ethics committee about her secret relationship with Ben after they come clean to Chris.

Directors: Dean Holland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
London (1)
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8.16
2283 votes

#14 - London (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/26/2013

Leslie wins an award from an international Women in Government organization, and travels to London with Ben, Andy, April, and Ron to accept it. Tom hunts down the mysterious businessman who is trying to put Rent-a-Swag out of business, while Ann and Chris settle into the next phase of their relationship.

Directors: Dean Holland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Ron and Tammys
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8.15
2848 votes

#15 - Ron and Tammys

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/29/2011

Ron's first ex-wife, Tammy One, reenters his life and tries to control his every move. Meanwhile, Ben helps Tom balance the books at his new company, and Ann makes a PSA, with help from Chris.

Directors: Randall Einhorn
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Comeback Kid
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8.15
2636 votes

#16 - The Comeback Kid

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/12/2012

Leslie enlists everyone's help in staging an attention-getting event. Ben takes up a new hobby, while April and Andy adopt a pet.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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End of the World
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8.14
2842 votes

#17 - End of the World

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/2011

A local Pawnee group predicts the end of days, causing chaos in the Parks department.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Operation Ann
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8.14
2518 votes

#18 - Operation Ann

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/2/2012

Leslie works to find Ann a Valentine's date. Ron helps Ben with a scavenger hunt, and Chris becomes depressed over his love life.

Directors: Morgan Sackett
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Two Parties
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8.11
2422 votes

#19 - Two Parties

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/17/2013

Ben and Leslie's rival bachelor and bachelorette parties each take on a very different tune.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Halloween Surprise
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8.10
2387 votes

#20 - Halloween Surprise

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/25/2012

A job offer for Ben causes Leslie to contemplate their future. Ron and Andy take Diane's girls out trick-or-treating. Tom searches for a new business idea.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Emergency Response
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8.10
2274 votes

#21 - Emergency Response

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/14/2013

Leslie and Ben organize a black tie gala to raise money for their park. Andy prepares to take his Police Academy Exam. Ron fills in for Leslie on Pawnee Today.

Directors: Dean Holland
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Ann and Chris
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8.10
2109 votes

#22 - Ann and Chris

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/30/2014

On Ann and Chris's last night in Pawnee, Leslie throws a grand farewell party and attempts to fulfill one last promise. Meanwhile, Tom, Ben, Ron and Andy struggle to find the perfect going away gift for Chris.

Directors: Dean Holland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Pawnee Rangers
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8.10
2730 votes

#23 - Pawnee Rangers

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/13/2011

Ron takes his boys-only troop of Pawnee Rangers into the wild. Not wanting the girls to feel left out, Leslie also takes her troop of Pawnee Goddesses on an adventure weekend. Meanwhile, a reluctant Ben joins Tom and Donna for a day of relaxation, and Chris spends some time with Jerry.

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Anniversaries
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8.10
2111 votes

#24 - Anniversaries

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/27/2014

Ben attempts to surprise Leslie with a special anniversary gift. Tom and Andy try to help Leslie bring positive light to the Pawnee-Eagleton merger, while April asserts her new authority as Donna’s boss.

Directors: Morgan Sackett
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London (2)
star
8.09
1220 votes

#25 - London (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/2013

Leslie wins an award from an international Women in Government organization, and travels to London with Ben, Andy, April, and Ron to accept it. Tom hunts down the mysterious businessman who is trying to put Rent-a-Swag out of business, while Ann and Chris settle into the next phase of their relationship.

Directors: Dean Holland
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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